Anyway, it was such a nice little table that I really wanted to use it as a small office desk for when I grade papers. Rich did quite a bit of work sanding it down and cleaning it up. Then he added a shelf under the table to double the surface space. I decided that I needed the shelf about halfway down the legs and Rich agreed because the legs needed stabilizing.
The little drawer is just the right size to hold pens and a journal and the little shelf that slides out can hold a small stack of papers if I need more space. I added a pretty glass knob to the drawer because the old knob was missing.
Adding the map to the table-top was easy. I gathered up a few supplies: tape measure, scissors, craft knife, rotary cutter and rulers, decoupage glue and a sponge brush. The map is from a wall atlas that Rich got long ago. I think he wants to eventually display it in his shed, but one of the pages was torn, so I cut it out to use on the table.
After measuring the table (18 x 34) I found a section of the torn page that was large enough to get one whole piece and cut out the section to 19 x 35.
Luckily the tear was to one side of the page so I was able to make sure the piece was straight, but I was willing to have an angled map, if necessary.
Put the map down and adjust it so that it's straight. It can be moved by lifting, but I found that because my map has a vinyl coating, it was easier to slide it around to make adjustments. I used books to weigh it down. Use the edge of the book to push out the air by putting the spine edge down in the center of the table and push to the edges.
Then stack books all around the edges of the table. I stacked books in the center, also, but once the air is pushed out, that may not be necessary. I left the books for about a day so the glue could dry.
Because my map has a vinyl coating, I've decided to leave it as it is: it's very easy to wipe clean with a damp cloth. Otherwise, I'd seal it with either the decoupage glue or a sealant. However, I plan to keep an eye on it so that if it begins to wear too quickly, I'll definitely add a sealer.
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