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1= get your self an old but clean picture frame. (Ideal no glass just a board)
2= Get good fabric. (Crushed velvet)
3= One piece of thin ply-wood cut to the length of the out side of frame.
4= Camping mat will do the trick.
5= Tack nails (UK Term) wood glue and a staple gun.

Clean up frame, I think simple design is best sand and re-varnish if you need to.
Glue matt to ply-wood now cut matt so the wood is bigger than the matt by about half an inch. Stretch fabric over the underside of frame then staple it around.
Now a bit of glue and tack the ply wood into place.
If I have explained my self you should now have a nice table top.

I first made these up when I used to sell jewels on the streets as a pitchman before I even considered street performing.

Mario
PS still consider buying a table top there is some great stuff out there. This is great for making them on the road. I have a few around the globe now that I will use if I go back or will end up in a museam if I don't.
When I have been caught out I have put these together berets of materials but you would not know to look at it because of the frame.

PPS I have made these to order as well you give me the approximant size and I will make you one.
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Great idea with the picture frame I am off to the swap shops to find a good one today. I don't get the second post.

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Thanks for the great advice Mario - appreciate your generosity.

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Thanks
After 97 veiws you have managed to warm me up.
It does not tack much but it does go a long way.
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Nice tanle on the art of streets part 3?
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Sorry but what do you mean?
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Quote:
On 2005-11-25 18:57, tedb wrote:
Nice tanle on the art of streets part 3?


My guess at the translation is:

Check out the nice table on "The Art of Street Magic - Volume 3".
It's pretty cool. And for that matter, so is the DVD. If you don't
have it, I urge you to acquire it.




Anyway, that's my guess.
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Thanks Frank
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Nice table idea, that's my weekend gone..

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Mario,

Great stuff! I know I made one and the thing just looks great. My old table top looked like I made it out of junk that fell off a lumber truck as it rounded a corner. Smile

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I saw something very interesting on TV. It was on the cooking show "Good Eats".
I don't remember the episode but they chef on the show always has some sort of "skit" to go along with the show and at the beginning of this particular episode he was a busker/sideshow guy.

His table was an opened up trunk standing on end with a tabletop on it, a la Cellini.

I wondered how they could have gotten that idea for the show.
I don't remember how the table looked but the trunk looked excellent.
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Thoes old victorian cases are exerlent for Pitchman stand, my qwestion would be where did Cellini get it from?
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Making the top was never my problem. My wife even made a nice servante for my cover. I used quilt batting for the filler for the cloth. My wife basically made a very shallow pillow case the same size as my table top. She stuffed that with the batting. It's wonderful, not too thick and still gives me that 'sponginess' that I need for a good Matrix.

The legs gave me fits though until Mr. Ammar told me how simple it was. I went to my hardware store and bought a little plate that goes under tables. It has four screws that attach to the bottom of the table and in the center is a threaded hole for a machine screw.

In the same section I found a screw that is a wood screw on one end and a machine screw on the other.

Now buy four dowels and drill a hole in the middle of each. Then screw the wood screw inside.

My problem was that there was too much machine screw remaining. I tried drilling the hole deeper into my dowels but even at the full length of my bit there was too much.

So, using the waste from sawing the dowels to the size that I wanted I made wood spacers. I drilled a hole in the middle of the dowel that was very wide. Then cut a small disk of wood to precisely the size that I want. I glued it to the top of the leg and left only about a quarter inch of the machine screw protruding.

Now I have a very nice table for about $25
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Hey Mario, thanks for the neat description.

What about the legs?

What cheap/practical way to come up with support for the tabletop?

Thanks man.
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Latig0,

You could head to your nearest music store and buy a keyboard stand. Usually around $40.00 here in the U.S.

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Hey Mario,

Is the the same one you showed me in Vegas during your busking school?
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On 2005-11-24 10:36, Mario Morris wrote:
1= get your self an old but clean picture frame. (Ideal no glass just a board)



...how big a frame? I'm gonna look at the "poster" frames here at Wally World and maybe get rid of the tv tray I'd been using.

I don't know what "camping matt" is. But wouldn't it be easier to cut the matt an inch smaller than the plywood then glue it centered in place so there's a half an inch around?

I'm also assuming the matt/plywood combination take the place of the actual frame backing, and that the "crushed velvet" fabric is centered through the frame.

(And wouldn't you know, my Wal*Mart stopped selling fabric three months ago. Smile)


There's also a place here in Providence where I can get an aluminum waiter's tray.

Thanks for the thoughts. Sorry no one answered you right away.
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Instead of a picture frame I used a corkboard. you know the boards you use to pin up notes and stuff. Also for a base you can pick up a folding camping table at your local walmart for about 20 USD. Just secure your top with velcro.
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I buy the velvet fabric at Hobby Lobby. I cut it a lot longer than the plywood, however. An old wood picture frame is the best. I cut the wood about an 1/8th of an inch shorter than the frame to allow the material to "snap" into place. I also got a great idea from Keith Fields on attaching a wood brace on the underside that is cut to the exact inside length of a trey stand. It holds the top in place very securely. The next one I make I'm going to do that. I also "pad" mine with some thin upholstery foam.

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