My incredible portable/foldable craft table

 Back in July I blogged in detail about my search for parts to build myself a portable foldable work table. .   I began to think about a portable work surface and my dream list was:

1. Low - no more than 24" tall and preferably 22"
2. I must be able to get my legs beneath it.
3. It must have wheels or be light enough to easily move from spot to spot.
4.  It would be even nicer if it folded up and stored or taken in the car...

It has worked out even better that I ever hoped.  I can easily move it from room to room or to whatever window has the best view or light or into another room with the TV and I have even taken it out on the deck on nice days.

I can pull it right onto my lap and get over my magnifier and have room under the glass  to work...  I just love  it.

I decided on this little lamp from Amazon for only $25.  It clips right onto the bread board and is incredibly flexible.  I roll it right up and stick it in my tote.

Here is a detailed photo with the list of items  used to build it..

And if I have to store it, I can remove the bread board and it folds up.

After I got the initial idea I started searching both the house and barn for parts.  After considering many tables with castors I finally decided on using a walker.  It was foldable, lightweight, and had wheels.  I had several in the barn. 

But this was the oldest grungiest one that I found.  It was literally buried in the very back of a horse stall... I knew it might be just what I was looking for... Even with the casters adjusted to the lowest point, it would not sit level.... but I could fix that.

So I went in search for something to use as a work surface and settled on either the orange thing or the cutting board.  The orange thing just wouldn't work but the cutting board had possibilities and I loved the little groove around the edge.  The metal tub tray may work as a shelf....maybe.

I first had to cut off the tubing on the back casters to get them low enough and   that went   well....except I wish I could have gotten them a little lower.  The whole thing was so filthy that I took it into the shower   and gave it a good scrubbing with a brillo pad.

Here it is all shining and clean.  It has casters and folds.  I could even take it in the car...actually even on a plane if I put the bread board in my suitcase and used the walker.....
..........And in an emergency I could still use it as a walker to get around.


FlowerLady Lorraine said...

That's a great invention for a craft table, made especially to suit your needs. I love it. I'd like to see closer how you have the bread board attached to the walker rails.

Happy stitching wherever you go ~ FlowerLady

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

It's perfect. I love the apron on the side. I have been thinking I need something like this. Unfortunately I have a little dog living here for a while that thinks if he can see it, it's his. Nothing is safe. Secure what you can, and he will find something else you didn't think would interest him.
xx, Carol

Cynthia said...

Gerry, this looks terrific. How do you attach the bread board to the walker? You mentioned tool hooks. I'm not familiar with those. Do they release easily?

Thanks for sharing with us.

Cynthia Green

Marilyn said...

I love the way you can see possibilities and create something from bits and pieces. Your table rocks!

clothqueen said...

Gerry--I'm with Lorraine and Cynthia...I want to know how you attached the bread board. I can't quite visualize how you used the hooks. Thanks so much for sharing this idea. I have an old walker and would love to put it to use.


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