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Old 09-20-2004, 11:01 AM   #1
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I have a plastic craft table that I thought would be great in my craft room....come to find out when you try to stamp on it and push down on it is has a lot of give! It make the images come out fuzzy. The only solution is to get a better table! I am looking for an AFFORDABLE alternative that makes a good stamping surface and I know you all have one! Help me please! What works besides buying a whole desk or something!

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Old 09-20-2004, 11:16 AM   #2
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Try adding a glass mat under your stamping surface...you can either use a picture frame (the cheap option) or get a glass mat from a scrapbook store or the scrapbook section of WalMart (more expensive, but the edges are bevelled, yadda, yadda).

A clipboard would also work for smaller projects...and hold your scratch paper in place.

I had the same problem with my table.
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Old 09-20-2004, 11:19 AM   #3
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As an intermediate step, try using a 1/2" thick piece of scrap wood that's big enough to work on and put your grid paper (or whatever you are using) on this. This might give you the stability you need for your stamping. I use my piece of wood when I need to stamp the larger stamps that I need to put my whole hand into to make sure the center of the stamp gets stamped or when I'm setting eyelets.
But I would also be curious if anyone has found a good sturdy reasonably priced table that is really sturdy.
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I found that I have a problem stamping on my table when I put it on carpet. It adds to the problem of the "give" of the table.
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Old 09-20-2004, 11:21 AM   #5
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I have tried putting things under the stamping but there is still give and it is on carpet, can't change that unfortuneately...I guess I am looking for a really sturdy table! Has anyone found one?
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Tables can cost a range of $. I am using our old wooden kitchenette table. However, my neighbor has the tables you describe. When I stamp at her house I make sure to stamp only near the outer corner edges where the legs come down. I have never had a problem then. It is very sturdy near the corners. Perhaps you can try that until you find another table that suits your room.

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Old 09-20-2004, 12:11 PM   #7
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You can go to Home Depot and get a piece of melamine and place that on top of your table. It costs a little less than $10 (that's what I paid for a 2'x4' piece...it comes in different widths and sizes). It's white. Although the center is some sort of wood composition like plywood, you can add a strip (sold nearby) that you iron on to "finish" it (otherwise the edges of the table look like wood).

Check it out. It'll give you a cheaper alternative to purchasing a new table, and you'll still have the other table to do other things on.
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I have 2 of the plastic tables and 2 wood ones. I won't stamp on the plastic ones if I can help it because of the give that they have. I purchased my wood tables at Office Depot. They are 2ft x 4ft. They are kind of heavy for taking places, but it is worth it to me to have the surface that I need.
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You might want to start going to garage sales. I found a terrific wooden kitchen table for $5.00. Its sturdy and I'm not concerned if it gets stained. You could use your original table for storage or set up an embossing center.

Just a thought.
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(1) Yard sales are great places to find cheap tables. And if it's old, you don't have to worry about getting ink on it, etc.

(2) What I personally use when my work table gets covered and I need a little extra room is one of those wooden tray tables. You know, like the old-style "tv trays" that we had when I was a kid, but now they are nice sturdy wood and come in sets of 4 on a wooden stand? (I got mine at Target.) As my work expands, or if my table is covered and I need to do a card "NOW", I get out one of these trays. It works great, even on fairly thick carpet.

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Wooden or thick plastic cutting boards (Wal-Mart) are a good solution, also for a smooth ungiving surface.
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(2) What I personally use when my work table gets covered and I need a little extra room is one of those wooden tray tables. You know, like the old-style "tv trays" that we had when I was a kid, but now they are nice sturdy wood and come in sets of 4 on a wooden stand?
Cindy, I have all four of my tv trays "temporarily" set up in my craft room. Every now and then I will clear off 2 or 3 and put them in the corner, but it doesn't last long! They are great for stamping. Very sturdy and stable.
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I also have the plastic banquet table. I purchased a piece of clear acrylic (from a hardware store) which is about 1/4" or 1/2" thick and is about 12"x24". Under that I have one of those rubber placemats to keep it from slidding around. It works great! However, you will be not able to pound eyelets on the table or on the acrylic, the hammer still bounces. So when I pound I either go to the bathroom counter and pound or to the windsill (of course with the protective mats).
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I have a large "plastic" type table that is on folding metal legs. (I say it is "plastic" because I'm not sure what it is made out of.) It is approximately 2.5' x 6', and is VERY sturdy. I bought it at Sams a few years ago, and I've seen the tables at Wal-Mart, too. I think the brand name is Lifetime. There are also matching chairs available that are comfortable.

I have been very pleased with it!

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Try your local Home Depot or Lowes. Sometimes you can get a countertop really cheap because it's the wrong color or size. It could fit directly on top of your table.
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I found a pub table at our local HOM store on clearance. It's 4 1/2' x 4 1/2' when the leaf is in it & it's waist high when I'm standing up. It doesn't look very good, banged up & missing a couple of chunks here & there (none on the top) but it's very sturdy & I love the height! Check out clearance centers too!
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I have a metal folding leg table like Melissa's that I got at Costco for about $25, very affordable! I can't do eyelets on it, but I can do everything else! It is pretty small and has adjustable legs, my 10 year old daughter has one in her room that doubles as a desk, it doesn't have any drawers so we bought one of those rubbermaid plastic drawers for her to put stuff in (and that is what I put my stamps in!) Good luck!
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Thanks! Some great ideas I didn't even think about!!! Yard sales here I come!
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