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DIY Puja/Study/Practice Table
« on: April 29, 2010, 11:22:30 am »
I've been wanting/needing a good study/puja/practice table for some time now.  Such things are offered for sale, of course, but they are all priced well beyond my budget.  So, I decided to make my own.

I went to Home Depot.  I picked out a 16"x48" piece of white, laminate particle board, some iron-on edging to match the laminate, 4 15" screw-in oak table legs and 4 mounting plates for the legs.

I had the sales person cut the 48" board down to 30".  I could have done this myself, but HD offers this as a free service and taking advantage of it saved me a lot of time and trouble.

My wife ironed the edging in place.  I attached the mounting plates and scewed the legs in.  Done.  Once home the entire process took about an hour and out-of-pocket expense was just around $30.  That's about 10% of the cost of a purpose-built imported table.

I did not paint or stain the legs, but may do that in the future.

Laminate board is not neccessary.  Plain particle board or plywood will work as well and might be cheaper.  My wife was really smitten with the laminate idea and so, rather than making some thing out of it, I went for the laminate - call it skillful means in maintaining domestic harmony ;-).

The resulting table is, for lack of better word, perfect for my needs.  It's high enough to read texts and liturgies without bending way over.  It wide enough to allow pulling the table right up to my belly.  It's solid and doesn't rock - if the surface the table sits on is uneven, the table can be adjusted by uncrewing the legs to get a stable surface.  There's enough table space to allow my biggest texts, my gong, a picture of my Guru and a few other sundries.  If I need the space I can unscrew the legs and stash the whole thing in a closet.  It looks pretty good too.

When time and weather permits I'll take some pix and post them.
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Re: DIY Puja/Study/Practice Table
« Reply #1 on: April 29, 2010, 11:44:45 am »
I've been wanting/needing a good study/puja/practice table for some time now.  Such things are offered for sale, of course, but they are all priced well beyond my budget.  So, I decided to make my own.

I went to Home Depot.  I picked out a 16"x48" piece of white, laminate particle board, some iron-on edging to match the laminate, 4 15" screw-in oak table legs and 4 mounting plates for the legs.

I had the sales person cut the 48" board down to 30".  I could have done this myself, but HD offers this as a free service and taking advantage of it saved me a lot of time and trouble.

My wife ironed the edging in place.  I attached the mounting plates and scewed the legs in.  Done.  Once home the entire process took about an hour and out-of-pocket expense was just around $30.  That's about 10% of the cost of a purpose-built imported table.

I did not paint or stain the legs, but may do that in the future.

Lamiate board is not neccessary.  Plain particle board or plywood will work as well and might be cheaper.  My wife was really smitten with the lamiate idea and so, rather than making some thing out of it, I went for the laminate - call it skillful means in maintaining domestic harmony ;-).

The resulting table is, for lack of better word, perfect for my needs.  It's high enough to read texts and liturgies without bending way over.  It wide enough to allow pulling the table right up to my belly.  It's solid and doesn't rock - if the surface the table sits on is uneven, the table can be adjusted by uncrewing the legs to get a stable surface.  There's enough table space to allow my biggest texts, my gong, a picture of my Guru and a few other sundries.  If I need the space I can unscrew the legs and stash the whole thing in a closet.  It looks pretty good too.

When time and weather permits I'll take some pix and post them.


I tried, but my DIY skills suck.

I now use a built-in alcove with sheves, but my plan is to convert a 'hi fi' unit to resemble a home shrine with glazed doors.   This is my exisiting shrine:




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Re: DIY Puja/Study/Practice Table
« Reply #2 on: April 29, 2010, 02:24:07 pm »
I would love to see some pictures, please.  :jinsyx:

I've been wanting/needing a good study/puja/practice table for some time now.  Such things are offered for sale, of course, but they are all priced well beyond my budget.  So, I decided to make my own.

I went to Home Depot.  I picked out a 16"x48" piece of white, laminate particle board, some iron-on edging to match the laminate, 4 15" screw-in oak table legs and 4 mounting plates for the legs.

I had the sales person cut the 48" board down to 30".  I could have done this myself, but HD offers this as a free service and taking advantage of it saved me a lot of time and trouble.

My wife ironed the edging in place.  I attached the mounting plates and scewed the legs in.  Done.  Once home the entire process took about an hour and out-of-pocket expense was just around $30.  That's about 10% of the cost of a purpose-built imported table.

I did not paint or stain the legs, but may do that in the future.

Lamiate board is not neccessary.  Plain particle board or plywood will work as well and might be cheaper.  My wife was really smitten with the lamiate idea and so, rather than making some thing out of it, I went for the laminate - call it skillful means in maintaining domestic harmony ;-).

The resulting table is, for lack of better word, perfect for my needs.  It's high enough to read texts and liturgies without bending way over.  It wide enough to allow pulling the table right up to my belly.  It's solid and doesn't rock - if the surface the table sits on is uneven, the table can be adjusted by uncrewing the legs to get a stable surface.  There's enough table space to allow my biggest texts, my gong, a picture of my Guru and a few other sundries.  If I need the space I can unscrew the legs and stash the whole thing in a closet.  It looks pretty good too.

When time and weather permits I'll take some pix and post them.

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Re: DIY Puja/Study/Practice Table
« Reply #3 on: May 01, 2010, 08:03:00 am »
Here's some pix of my DIY Puja/Study table.

1.)  This is the finished table



2.) Close-up of the bracket that the legs srew into.




3.) Table set up in front of shrine


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Re: DIY Puja/Study/Practice Table
« Reply #4 on: May 01, 2010, 08:49:17 pm »
Awesome! Thank you for indulging us.  ;D

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Re: DIY Puja/Study/Practice Table
« Reply #5 on: May 04, 2010, 03:57:33 pm »
OOooooOOOoooooOOOOooooH

GoGet, I'm impressed with your wife laminating skills!!

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Re: DIY Puja/Study/Practice Table
« Reply #6 on: June 09, 2010, 06:12:51 am »
well, i must said it very beautiful  :headbow:

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Re: DIY Puja/Study/Practice Table
« Reply #7 on: February 08, 2011, 12:58:59 pm »
Right now I'm repurposing a small Ikea shelving unit for a shrine table, and some other Ikea things for side tables...

I think putting some of one's own labor and creativity into a sacred space gives it more punch.  It's hard to quantify or explain, but there's a kind of energy there.

So happy to see people putting their minds and hands to work in this way!
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