Since there was some interest in how to make a tapestry table after yesterday's post, I thought I would take apart ours in an effort to show you how to make your own.
Full disclosure: this was a GIFT. I sent this picture to my mom after I found out that Blueberry Forest Products was no longer making their Tapestree Table. She has an amazingly gifted carpenter friend who made my girls a balance beam and a rabbit hutch for their stuffed bunnies and I was hoping he would be willing to take on this challenge. Fortunately he was! Here's what I know about the construction of our tapestry table.
Although there are other ways (like this) to make a tapestry table out of a pre-existing piece of furniture, our table was made from scratch specifically to hold large pieces of fabric for sewing. There are a total of six closures that fasten the top of the table to the bottom, two on each of the long sides of the table and one on each of the short sides.
I had to undo all six fasteners in order to remove the top frame from the rest of the table. The top frame comes completely off. The underside of the top frame has a groove that goes all the way around and looks like this:
I'm not sure how this groove was made. Like I said yesterday, I know next to nothing about even the most basic carpentry. I'm showing you this in hopes that I'm giving you enough information so you'll know what tools you need to use.
When the top frame is removed, the table looks like this:
These wood pieces are completely removeable. Although these pieces are not equal in length to the sides of the table, the two pieces for the long sides of the table are longer than those for the short sides.
The groove goes around the entire perimeter of the bottom frame and is identical to that on the underside of the top frame.
Taking the tapestry table apart was easy. The tricky part was putting it back together. I found it impossible to simultaneously pull the fabric taut, set the four wooden pieces on top of the fabric in their grooves and set the top frame back onto the table all by myself. My mom said it was a two man job, but even when we worked together The Mister and I struggled.
The Mister (in his wonderful think-outside-the-box way) had a better idea for putting the table back together. Leaving the top frame face down (with the groove side up) we set the four wooden pieces into the groove before covering the top frame with fabric (so, from the bottom working up, top frame face-down, wooden pieces, fabric--got it?). Then we turned the bottom of the table upside down and set the bottom frame (with the groove side facing toward the fabric, table legs sticking up in the air) on top of the fabric , wooden pieces and top frame. It took a little bit of wiggling to get everything set in such a way that the six fasteners could close snugly, but without forcing them. Then we turned the table upright.
I love this toy and hope Little Tiger and The Milk Belly Princess will enjoy it for a long time. The only challenge comes in putting the table back together after changing the fabric. I'm not sure how else this could be done in a way that would still allow the fabric to remain taut enough to sew. If anyone out there decides to take on this project I would love to see your results, whether you copy our table exactly or make some modifications of your own.