Quite some time ago, fungus amungus set forth a challenge to duplicate the design of a "Tablecloth without a Table". Well, after waiting all this time, I finally said "I guess I'll do it, I have to do everything around here grumble grumble grumble..." of course if it has been done and I missed it, boy am I gonna look stupid.
So I present my take on the Table(less) Cloth.
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Step 1: Select a Cloth
I didn't have a table cloth that I could make disappear from my wife's purview, and I wanted something with "character". While cleaning out my wife's closet we found this baby blanket, perhaps it has sentimental value, but sentiment can't stand in the way of progress.. It's a little tattered, babies don't respect property...
Step 2: Drape
Before even thinking of stiffening the fabric, we need to make for a "pretty" table. So we need to build a stand that gives a the cloth a pleasant drape, while leaving enough touching the "ground plane" to support the table.
I'm working on top of my table saw, and not wanting the table(less) cloth as a permanent feature, I'm covering everything with plastic.
Step 3: Epoxy
I'm using some US Composites 2 part slow epoxy, it's rather old resin and starting to yellow, fresh would be better but I need the fresh for projects I care about...
When working with epoxy, follow certain common sense procedures, gloves, respirator and for the love of god do not clean your hands with acetone!!!!!
Anyways, mix up about $20 worth of epoxy and saturate the cloth with the epoxy..
Step 4: Squeeze
We don't want to create a drippy nasty table, well maybe we do, but for public consumption we're trying to make something presentable. Therefore we need to squeeze out all the excess epoxy. I used all the clothes that we cleaned out of the closet and were too damaged to give to Goodwill. I just wrapped up the epoxy soaked cloth and walked all over it until I felt the cloth was dry enough.
Step 5: Drape
Finally we can take the cloth and drape it over the stand. Take sometime getting it how you want it, once the epoxy kicks off, it's forever.
Step 6: Lastly
Remove the stand, in my case I simply lifted the Table(less) Cloth off the stand. Now just pose it with some light weight empty cups like they did in the original, take some pix and wait for the E-fame to roll in.