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I have this antique wood table, how can I restore it?

Here is picture. It is either walnut or oak, I am not sure. I believe those are water marks on it. The marble top lifts off so it should be pretty easy to restore. I would like to keep the wood look, no painting. What would be simplest way to do this? I have never done anything like this before.
posted by just asking on Oct 30, 2015 - 6 answers

Help me dupe this amazing side table

I fell in love with an expensive, and too small side table. I'd like to create something similar on the cheap but I don't have all my DIY steps down. [more inside]
posted by Crystalinne on Oct 13, 2015 - 22 answers

Rectifying a twist in a massive tabletop

Woodworking Mefites: I have a massive (40"x4"x8') reclaimed fir tabletop made of timbers that were planed and jointed several months ago, which...may not have been stored in ideal conditions. There's a fair bit of twist to the piece now that the glue is dry and the clamps are off. Fortunately, I have access to a planer that will fit it. Two options below the fold. [more inside]
posted by Kreiger on Sep 9, 2015 - 14 answers

How can I refinish a kitchen table in my one bedroom apartment?

I recently moved into my first apartment (hooray!) and I've inherited a few pieces of furniture I'd like to take care of. First on my list is a kitchen table that needs to be refinished. I only have a small balcony and sometimes it gets dusty outside. Is it possible to refinish this table with such a limited setup? [more inside]
posted by lalunamel on Aug 23, 2015 - 14 answers

Please help identifying this thrift store table... thing.

My Aunt recently picked this thing up at a thrift store for $1, mostly because neither her nor the seller had any idea what it was for. Any ideas what it might be? http://imgur.com/a/R74hQ [more inside]
posted by Arandia on Aug 17, 2015 - 12 answers

Best drafting table for an amateur artist?

I recently received birthday cash, and I would like a sturdy drafting table. I have researched drafting tables, and companies like Studio Designs, Alvin, and Mayline pop up. Despite the many options present on sites like Amazon, I haven't found information reliable enough to whittle down to the best table for the space. Would anyone be willing to recommend a table that fits the specifications below, based on experience? Are there any tables too good to not recommend, regardless of space or cost? [more inside]
posted by TemporaryTurtle on Jul 25, 2015 - 3 answers

Looking for a standing-height table appropriate for a retail setting.

I have been looking for a standing height table that would be appropriate in a retail setting and have had no luck finding one. This may likely be due to me using incorrect search terms. It needs to be tall enough that someone can stand at it and comfortably fill out about a page (5 min) of paperwork. The "deck" needs to be of a size that approximately 2-4 people can gather round it (but not too large as it won't be used for much beyond some short paperwork. We don't want it too look too "dining-ey'. I'm picturing something along what I imagine you find in something like a cell phone store perhaps, where people stand to sign a contract. Cost is certainly a consideration, we would like to keep it below $150 a unit.
posted by sourwookie on Jun 24, 2015 - 3 answers

Modern folding outdoor table/chair set?

I'm looking for a modern or contemporary set of outdoor table + two chairs that would fit a small balcony, and which could all be folded up for storage. My ideal choice would be the Mia by emu, which comes in the colours I want (ideally, black), but at $940 + shipping from Europe it's about twice my budget. Plus, while the table folds flat, the chairs don't. Another, cheaper choice is the Pocket by Jan Kurtz, which is only $95 per chair plus shipping from Europe, but there's no table, and I would have a hard or impossible time finding one that matched the design. I'm out of options. I don't want a nostalgic bistro table and I don't want some cheap plastic stuff. My budget is around $400-500.
posted by gentle on Jun 23, 2015 - 14 answers

Attractive laptop/phone/table charging station solution desired

I'm sick of the mess of usb and power cables all over my living room and specifically on the side table next to my spot on the couch. What solutions have you come up with to deal with the ugliness of an abundance of frequently used electronics that you want to have handy that passes a reasonable adult living room decor bar? [more inside]
posted by srboisvert on Jun 20, 2015 - 4 answers

Who sits at the Head Table?

My wedding is coming up in September and we're kind of in the final stages of organization. I think everything is under control, but I'm very uncertain of how to format the head table..... everyone (and every website) is telling me different things :( [more inside]
posted by JenThePro on Mar 27, 2015 - 27 answers

How can I secure a glass table top in a house with a toddler?

I have a dining room/kitchen glass table, with a round tabletop that sits on top of a metal base without any attachment point. It's sort of similar to this item. My daughter is 1 year old and just starting to become mobile. I'm concerned she might push or pull on the tabletop and cause it to fall, injuring her. I've been stumped on how to find a way to secure it. The best I've found are some round discs to attach somewhere, but I'm suspicious that they will really work. Has anyone successfully babyproofed such a table?
posted by scottso17 on Jan 3, 2015 - 21 answers

Looking for a small table to write sitting on the floor

Hey, I want to try doing my work, reading, using laptop, etc. while sitting on the floor. Actually I am buying a Zabuton too to do meditation so I was thinking sitting on that instead of directly on the floor. But I couldn't find small tables... I'm not even sure what the keyword to search for that is. Surely such tables exist! I'm thinking a slightly inclined table would be better instead of having too rigid angles for my neck. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by iliketothinknu on Dec 30, 2014 - 10 answers

Please help me find this elusive coffee table!

My parents have a porch full of wicker and glass furniture. For Christmas, I want to buy them a matching coffee table but I can't find the right one! It should be natural wicker color, with a clear glass top. [more inside]
posted by silverstatue on Dec 3, 2014 - 4 answers

Double Decker Desk/Table?

I recall seeing a desk built with just a simple tabletop, and 6" below the tabletop there was a shelf that ran all the way around the table. Ring a bell? [more inside]
posted by jacob on Nov 28, 2014 - 3 answers

We're on a road to nowhere, come on inside

Carcassonne tournaments — how do I get in on this action? [more inside]
posted by a lungful of dragon on Nov 19, 2014 - 1 answer

Pivot table help for n00b

I need to provide some sales data but am unsure how to manipulate the data in a pivot table to get the specific details requested. I'm sure this is simple but my pivot table skills are, admittedly, terrible. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Bretley on Sep 21, 2014 - 8 answers

Building a simple, outdoor work table

I want to build something like this or this with the idea that it's going to live outside (get rained on, etc.), get used for things like working on other woodworking projects, and should be cheap. [more inside]
posted by gwint on Apr 28, 2014 - 13 answers

Seeking a good adjustable keyboard tray

I need a good keyboard tray! I’ve tried the summera pull-out keyboard under my ikea table however it doesn’t work for me and I’ve since removed it. [more inside]
posted by iliketothinknu on Apr 22, 2014 - 5 answers

Need a new coffee table

Help me find a coffee table along the lines of Geek Chic, but on the cheap (or at least cheaper). [more inside]
posted by PaperDragon on Apr 8, 2014 - 2 answers

Is it possible to build and maintain a live moss table?

I have a metal tray-style table I'd love to fill with moss. The tray is about 1.5" deep. My livingroom is pretty bright but my bedroom is dark. My questions for you are: 1) How do I install the moss? 2) Where do I put it? 3) How do I maintain it? Do I need a clear surface over the moss to contain moisture or can I rely on regular watering/misting? 4) If the moss won't work, are there other low/small similar plants I can substitute with?
posted by qzar on Feb 25, 2014 - 8 answers

Durable children's activity table and chairs

I need a durable (durable!) children's table and chairs for a new community center (human services multi-service center). [more inside]
posted by fieldtrip on Nov 12, 2013 - 11 answers

Stain to Match Ikea Table

We just bought an ikea dining room table with the brown laminate, and we'd like to stain the plain wood ikea chairs we got to match. While we realize it will be difficult to replicate exactly, what stain or combination thereof can we use to get close to this color? The table looks a bit darker than what the product photos show, here's what it looks like in real life.
posted by Mach5 on Oct 26, 2013 - 6 answers

The intransigent Word table

I really ought to know how to fix this, but I'm stumped. I copied a table with text from an html page (yes, probably my first mistake) into a Word document. [more inside]
posted by orrnyereg on Sep 19, 2013 - 6 answers

small cups for my legs

What I'm search for may not exist. We have recently purchased a new metal-framed coffee-table with legs that taper down to ~1/2" at the floor. With the legs being so slender, they are creating little holes in the pile of the rug that they rest on. I'm looking for something like this, but perhaps only 1/2" wide so they aren't so obvious in the middle of the living room. The smallest I've been able to find is about 3X that size. Thoughts? I'm aware of the stick-on rubber/felt pads that are available and may need to go in that direction, but thought I'd see if anybody has some other ideas like above. thank you.
posted by jimmereeno on Aug 29, 2013 - 10 answers

Pursuit hampered by object in center; what's this called?

You know the scene, from many an old comedy or cartoon. A is chasing B. B runs around the edge of an object, such as a large table, so as to put the obstacle between himself and A. Perhaps A and B run around the table a few times. Then A starts to get tricky. A starts to go clockwise around the table, B goes clockwise to get away, A switches direction hoping to run into B coming the other way, but B also reverses, keeping the table between them. Feint back and forth a few times, usually keeping close to the edge of the table. The usual end gag is for A to somehow overcome the barrier of the table and short-cut directly to B; such as leaping over the table, throwing the table aside, or opening the table in half and walking through it (if it's one of those tables where you can add panels to the center). What is this 'circular back and forth chase around an obstacle' called? [more inside]
posted by The otter lady on Aug 27, 2013 - 14 answers

Where can I find this set of (foam) children's chairs?

Our local bookstore has a great children's play/reading area. In that area, there is a (child-sized) chair and table set. The chairs look like this. The table is a similar pattern. They seem to be made of some kind of high-density foam - they are sturdy and moderately heavy for their size, but have some "give" to them; they are not wood or plastic. I can't see any markings on the chairs or the table and no one at the store knew where they were from. Any ideas of where I can find these?
posted by Betelgeuse on Aug 23, 2013 - 4 answers

Family computer desk/table?

I'd like to acquire some sort of family computer desk or table. Ideally, it would be something like this so-called mega desk from Pottery Barn, but actually designed with computers in mind (i.e., space to hold CPUs, cable management, etc). We need space for at least 2 desktops with large-ish monitors and space for a laptop. Any bright ideas? [more inside]
posted by monju_bosatsu on Aug 22, 2013 - 4 answers

I want the Camry of sofas, not a Yugo or a Porsche

Where do you go when you've graduated from IKEA and are ready for decent, but not necessarily heirloom quality furniture? We're just hoping to find some stuff to carry us through the next 8-10 years, or is that unrealistic? How much should we honestly expect to spend? [more inside]
posted by Diagonalize on May 13, 2013 - 27 answers

Adventures in giant-CSV land

Hi, I have a .csv that exceeds the maximum number of rows that Excel can handle, and before I can import it into a geodatabase in ArcGIS, I need to make one small edit – I need to delete the first row. Is there any way to do this and resave the file (preferably in a format other than .csv) in a way that retains the rows unable to be loaded in Excel?
posted by avocet on May 9, 2013 - 20 answers

Is it possible to attach a sliding part for my keyboard to my table?

I have a table that I bought from IKEA which is a bit like this: http://www.ikea.com/​ca/​en/​catalog/​products/​S29806818/ and the problem I have is that while the screen on the table is fine, the keyboard which is right in front of it seems to me to be too high for my arms. So I was wondering if it is possible to install that sliding part you find in computer tables like this one: http://img.weiku.com/​waterpicture/​2011/​10/​25/0/​office_​furniture_​computer_​table_​6345924906​78635461​_1.jpg and what that part is called anyway? Thanks! [more inside]
posted by iliketothinknu on May 5, 2013 - 9 answers

Did people really sit at opposite ends of those enormous tables?

We've all seen plenty of depictions, in fiction, of enormously long dining room tables, with a husband and wife sitting at opposite ends. Usually we see those images in period pieces set in Victorian times, or more modern eras but evoking the hyper-formal rigidity that we (correctly or not) associate with the Victorians. Now, with tons of inexpensive servants for every middle-and-upper-class family, that seems doable, but did it really happen? [more inside]
posted by Tomorrowful on May 3, 2013 - 11 answers

ISO Small table to replace Keyboard Tray for Cat Comfort

Dayton likes to work/hang out with me. Help us work this out! [more inside]
posted by one4themoment on Apr 30, 2013 - 10 answers

Big non-skid pads for glass surface

Is there something better than this type of pad for a BIG glass table? [more inside]
posted by CrazyLemonade on Apr 13, 2013 - 1 answer

Help Me Find the Perfect Bistro Set!

We've just moved into a cute rental house in Hillcrest, San Diego and our front patio is absolutely begging for a cute little bistro table and chairs. I'm looking for suggestions with a budget of no more than $150 and we're perfectly willing to use Craigslist or eBay. My question is, what colors would go best with the current paint scheme? My instinct is that black would probably work, but it seems like we could do better. Here is the house. The planters can be moved or removed entirely.
posted by Awakened on Apr 4, 2013 - 12 answers

WOAH - We're going to Ikea!

We are moving into our first flat! Hooray! However, it is unfurnished, so we need to buy us some furniture - specifically, a good sofa and a good dining/gaming table. If we go Ikea, what's the sweet spot between price and durability? [more inside]
posted by mippy on Mar 8, 2013 - 39 answers

Ace plays for table readings

Week-long cottage holiday with friends coming up. We're planning a table reading. Last year's "Macbeth and margaritas" night was a roaring success, but we want to branch out. Recommend us some great plays! [more inside]
posted by stuck on an island on Feb 13, 2013 - 11 answers

How do I attach a short wood plank onto an Ikea fiberboard tabletop?

My desk is not deep enough for me to sit comfortably with the monitor at a distance. How would I go about anchoring a wood plank onto it that will hold the counterweight of a 24" monitor sitting on the overhanging edge? This picture should explain what I mean. Clamps? Nails? Screws? [more inside]
posted by legospaceman on Jan 19, 2013 - 17 answers

What is this antique table?

Any idea what this mechanical antique table would have been used for? Photo of the side. Photo of the top.
posted by Bunny Ultramod on Dec 30, 2012 - 28 answers

A fat, obsolete TV on a glass shelf?

About ten years ago, I unplugged an amost brand new TV, and just stopped watching TV entirely. Recently, I moved, and decided to dust off the TV and plug it back in. What I've learned is that there have been some changes in tv land since I've been away. [more inside]
posted by Transl3y on Dec 25, 2012 - 21 answers

Female-friendly porn, please

Please help us find some positive and empowering sexy movies, stories, and/or assorted other porn-ish materials. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 30, 2012 - 15 answers

Help me paint or stain this table.

I'm about to purchase a cheap dining room set at IKEA that is unstained solid pine that I am planning on either staining or painting. What colors might fit, and what kind of stain or paint should I use? I confess, I don't know what I'm doing. [more inside]
posted by Mister Fabulous on Oct 1, 2012 - 20 answers

How to pick a table clamp for an arcade controller?

What kind of clamp would you use for holding a small control panel on a table firmly? [more inside]
posted by inthe80s on Aug 23, 2012 - 6 answers

What paint can I use on my textured desktop?

My Ikea Dave desk is showing its age. The desktop is made of fiberboard with "epoxy/polyester powder coating;" it's textured. What sort of paint can I use? [more inside]
posted by giraffe on Aug 14, 2012 - 6 answers

Looking for a Chili's tile table

I picked up 4 Emeco Navy chairs on Craigslist a while back, and I've been trying to find the perfect kitchen table for them. I've determined that said table is probably something along the lines of the tables at Chili's. Where can I get one? [more inside]
posted by Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug on Jul 30, 2012 - 4 answers

Can you identify this table?

Which kind of table (desk?) is Jon Hamm standing in front of in this photo? [more inside]
posted by sharkfu on Jul 5, 2012 - 10 answers

Element themed songs

I'm looking for suggestions for element themed songs (hydrogen, helium.. etc) which are NOT Tom Lehrer's Element Song..?
posted by gravelshoes on Jun 7, 2012 - 26 answers

Julia Child's kitchen table

Can I buy a table just like - or similar to - Julia Child's kitchen table?
posted by Jackson on May 28, 2012 - 9 answers

I want to buy this table.

I am trying to find a kitchen island/table similar to the ones pictured here and here. [more inside]
posted by msali on Apr 9, 2012 - 7 answers

Anybody have a good supplier of table grommets aside from Mockett.com?

Anybody have a good supplier of table grommets aside from Mockett.com? [more inside]
posted by Slackjaw37 on Mar 4, 2012 - 3 answers

I watched Downton Abbey instead of the Super Bowl

(Asking for a friend) What is the wooden measuring stick called that is used to adjust the table settings during the opening credits of Downton Abbey? [more inside]
posted by El_Marto on Feb 13, 2012 - 7 answers

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