Fold-away bar / card table

22 07 2011

A couple of years ago, I made a fold-away bar-cum-card-table for my brother’s birthday. Apologies for the quality of the photos: they were taken on the mobile phone I had at the time. I don’t have any exact plans for it, because I pretty-much made it up as I went along. I think it’s pretty clear how it fits together from the photos, though. If anyone has any questions, I’ll try to elaborate.

I started out with two squares of board and attached lengths of 1×2 round the edges on the underside.

I then sized two sheets of board to fit inside the two squares created and another two sheets to be the same width, but about 100mm smaller in height. I hinged the sides of the smallest boards to those of the larger ones, so that the bases were level. I then hinged the top of the larger boards to the 1×2 on the first boards, so that the whole lot folded away inside the 1×2 frame.

Folded out.

Folded away.
I painted the assembly so far and a length of decorative edging with wood stain.

I then stretched green felt over one half of the top and fixed it in place by nailing on the pieces of decorative edging. On the fourth side, I used flat-headed tacks to nail it in place. I then attached the same edging to three sides of the other half of the assembly, but without the felt.

Next, I hinged the two halves of the assembly together along the sides without the decorative edging.

Folded away.

Folded away: hinge edge.

Folded out. I drilled holes in the underside of the 1×2 and in the top of the front pieces and cut lengths of dowel to fit. The weight of the folded out bar is borne by the dowel and by the sides of the 1×2 pressing together.


Ventures in tatting

23 05 2011

For a few weeks now, I’ve been thinking that I’d like to try my hand at tatting. I was in Duttons for Buttons on Saturday for some bits and pieces for a knitting project and saw that they sold tatting shuttles, so I bought one. Over the weekend, I spent a good couple of hours trying to figure out how on earth I’m supposed to use it!

I search for instructions, but found that they mostly seemed to work from the premise that it was something that one had seen it being done and a lot of them didn’t have pictures. Of course, it did not help that I’ve spent hours upgrading my laptop over the weekend, only to find that the drivers for the wireless adapter have become corrupted and I no longer have internet connectivity from it, so I was using my mobile phone on the wireless instead. While I love my phone very much, it’s not that great for trying to view pictures of something fiddly on a small screen while trying to do said fiddly thing with both hands! There was a lot of focus on the necessity to ‘flip the knot’ and it became apparent than one twisted one’s wrist in order to do so, but I couldn’t picture what that actually looked like.

Anyway, to cut a long story short, I finally figured out what it meant and how to do it, and am now able to make rings with double stitches and picots. I am not, however, able to make chains, because I don’t know how to wind the shuttle properly, and, while I’ve been able to make up something in order to be able to practice stitches, what I have been doing does not work for chains!

My investigative projects for today, then are how to fix my laptop and how I should have my ball, thread and shuttle if I want to make chains!

Once I’ve figured out what I’m supposed to be doing, I’ll post some pictures. In the mean time, if anyone knows of any (free) resources that might point my in the right direction, I would be very grateful!


I’ve found a few good videos on Youtube, which I’ll definitely be coming back to later (when I actually have the work in front of me!) and I thought I’d share them here too.

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