DIY Taboret (Art Table for us more simple folk)

I’ve been looking everywhere for a taboret or something similar to rest my art supplies on while working at my art desk. For awhile I was using a broken kitchen chair that was left in the garage by the previous tenant. I found that leaning over every time I needed to clean my brush or access my palette was driving me insane. Also constantly knocking over my brushes that I had to precariously place on the desk was not working. Needless to say I couldn’t find a suitable replacement at a second-hand store or on the side of the road. It seems all the taborets or carts they sell at art stores are stupidly expensive. I came to the only possible solution build the damn thing myself.

Step one get a lot of wood.

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At Home Depot I had them cut the plywood to size as well as the 2x4s (mainly so I could fit them in the car). If I had written plans I would have had Home Depot cut all the wood to size. Although, winging it is really the only way, I can design it specifically for me. The size and height are unique to my needs and the space I have available. The top is 24″ x 36″ and It stands at about 31″ which is perfect at my desk and chair height.

Next I made two frames with the 2x4s each the same size as the top (24″ x36″) and then connected 21″ supports to the bottom on the inside of the frames. Then I notched the plywood for the lower shelf and installed it, next I mounted the top frame and tabletop.Sept,22, 2013 010

Not bad, but it ain’t done yet. To clean up the sides and top I added some 6″ tall facing boards on the top to give me a 2″ lip all the way around to keep anything from falling off and some heavy duty wheels for ease of use.

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Up next will be some dividers and plastic drawers, an airbrush mount, cup holder, fuzzy dice, tinted windows etc. Overall It only took a few hours to build using only a hand saw and drill and the cost was under 60 dollars (would have been 40 with no wheels). I’m so stoked to use it but, I may have to wait a few days till I can find some free time to paint. Let me know if this was helpful, I’d love to see other taboret or side table designs anyone is using.

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