Giant Sticky Note Table




Introduction: Giant Sticky Note Table

About: I used to work for, now I just make stuff. // follow me to see what I'm up to:
I love sticky notes, I use them for everything. Most often I jam them in books,  make myself reminders, leave love notes, but most often I find myself trying to draw on them.

Whenever I have an idea to build something, often the first piece of paper I see is the post-it note on my desk, I aggressively put pen to paper trying to get as many details onto a 3x3 inch note pad as I possibly can.... You guys, that Post-It is way too small for my really big idea!

With the availability of GIANT 3M Post-It Easel pads, I was able to make MY WHOLE WORK-SURFACE a great, big, sticky note! WIN!

I used the following for this project:

Tools Required:
  • Table Saw
  • Clamps
  • Drill
  • Pliers

NOTE: You could sub the 3/4" and 1/4" plywood for 1", or thicker, piece of plywood. The IKEA table legs I used needed to be anchored to a 1" piece of wood.

Gracious gif making/modeling help from jessyrafink.

Step 1: Going to IKEA

Let me make the following very clear:


The IKEA website makes it pretty easy to plan ahead, I was able to pick out the table legs I wanted and even figure out where in the store I could get them. All I had to do is select which location I planned to go to, and it told me that I could find them in Aisle 8, Bin 16 of the warehouse section.

I was in and out of the store in 10 minutes. VICTORY!

Step 2: Measure Post-IT Pad

Even though the Post-IT Easel pad was advertised as being  23-1/2 inches x 30 inches, it was actually 24-3/16 inches x 30-1/8 inches.  I didn't want there to be any bleed of paper over the wood, so I made sure measured the precise dimensions of the paper.

To do this, I had to tear up the cardboard around the bound edge of the note pad. 

Step 3: Cutting Out Top

Using a table saw, I cut out a 24-3/16 inches x 30-1/8 inches sized piece of pre-finished 3/4" plywood.

Step 4: Cutting and Gluing 1/4" Pieces

I cut four 5x5 inch pieces of 1/4" plwood that I could glue to the 3/4" to make the table thick enough to hold the legs.

Using a straight edge, I found the center points of each 5x5 square, and marked it with an X. This way, I knew where to center each bracket over the bonded plywood.

I roughed up the corners of the 3/4" plywood slab, and then anchored the 5x5 plates with glue. 

After clamping for 30 minutes, the glue was set.

Step 5: Screwing Down Brackets

The IKEA directions for the table legs installation, while not very helpful, are completely hilarious.

I used a 1/8" drill bit for the screws that came with leg bracket, and pre-drilled all the holes necessary. BE VERY CAREFUL NOT TO SINK THE DRILL BIT TOO DEEP! Otherwise you have holes in your table top.

While pre-drilling I used a clamp to hold the bracket in place, then drilled the screws in.

Step 6: Screw on the Legs

I installed this table in my home-studio, where I do most of my making. This is great! Finally I could quickly get all those awesome project ideas down on paper before my brain loses them forever.

Step 7: Re-Bend the Staples on the Post-IT Pad.

I don't know if this even necessary, but when I was ripping up the cardboard on the easel pad, I messed up the stapes. I re-bent them using needle-nose and regular-nose(what are those things called?!) pliers.

I pulled the arms of each staple up, straitening them out, then pushing them back down.

Step 8: Set the Paper

The bottom-most sheet of the Post-It Easel Pad had a protective coverlet for the sticky-part on the underside of the sheet. This solved my quandary of how I was going to affix the note pad to the table, but alas, the note pad could affix itself to the table! DOY! Of course the last page would be sticky too.

Step 9: Make Stuff!

I have already made some big dinosaur drawings, giant to-do lists, a few concept sketches..... I foresee the walls of my studio being coated in my genius.

If you re-make this project, SHARE! I want to see what your big ideas look like!

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    13 Discussions


    7 years ago on Introduction

    I'd call the regular pliers "bullnose"


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    We couldn't remember what they were called! Thanks.

    (As a joke, we started calling them wide-mouth pliers.)


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    We simply call them pliers, we get specific only if we need some other sort of pliers. When you go to the store to buy them, they are labeled slip joint pliers


    reminded me of my bedroom. i have a wall covered in A3 paper that i use as a whiteboard (mostly reminders and rough sketches)

    Ya.. and $60 for a set of legs seems crazy too. I love the idea, but this project is big budget for DIY.


    7 years ago on Step 9

    Such an Awesome way of bringing Dreams to life!

    It's amazing! What a great idea for kids and adults alike!

    Artists, Doodlers & Sketchers will go nuts for this :P

    Great Job, I know what my weekend project is now....


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Lovely post with lots of good pictures. Thanks for taking the time.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    IKEA - they solve problems at home that ya never even knew you had!!! :)