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« on: June 15, 2004 07:14:52 PM »

Huzzah and I recently revamped a dingy old plywood table: now it's a fabulous
crossword table that you can fill in and erase again and again! This project is super cheap
and super easy.

ugly-ass table
glue or rubber cement
crossword puzzle book (or any assortment of crosswords)
clear contact paper
dry erase markers

I had inherited the table in question from a friend, who had covered its nastiness in a
not-quite-so-ugly cloth. Once we removed the cloth, we had to figure out the logistics: how
many crosswords would fit? For our table, 12 pages from the book would fit but leave a gap
around the edges.


The solution to our problem was the solution to the puzzles. [/rimshot] The small, dense
solutions in the back of the book made an excellent contrast to the open spaces in the
puzzles. If you are making a border, figure out how wide it needs to be, and then lay that
down first as a foundation. We cut our solution pages into thirds and glued them around the
edge of the table.


Gluing is easiest with two people, as one person can position the paper while the other smooths it
out. Be careful not to rip the gluey paper.
Then we started laying out the puzzles themselves--carefully, in a grid. We just glued them
down and tried not to wrinkle them too much. If the glue isn't sticking to every single
piece of the paper, don't worry: you'll be covering them with contact paper anyway.


Once you're done gluing, step back and admire how cool your table will be.


Now comes the trickiest part: laying contact paper over the table. Anyone who's worked with
contact paper knows how annoying it can be: wrinkling, sticking to itself. We managed by
very carefully peeling the backing, and then sort of suspending the contact paper over the table (like
laying a fresh sheet on a bed), and then pressing it down very carefully. Cover the entire
table with contact paper, preferably two layers. We did it width-wise first and then ran
out, but I plan to get more contact paper and put on another layer length-wise to smooth out
the few inevitable wrinkles we got.

And that's it! You've got yourself a killer table.


Hours of amusement are ahead of you! Perfect for parties--and the contact paper means
spilled drinks will clean up in a snap!


Dry erase markers work beautifully, especially if you get ones with fine tips.
Enjoy your new table! If you use hard puzzles, you can work on it forever!

« Last Edit: December 28, 2012 03:01:25 PM by jungrrl - Reason: changed non-working image(s) to link(s) » THIS ROCKS   Logged
« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2004 07:40:39 PM »

THIS IS EXCELLENT!! i cannot contain my excitement. i have a burning desire to make one but i don't have a table... oh well that's what grandparents and thrift stores are for, right? oh the possibilities are endless. i love crossword puzzles but i would love a table with those search and circle word find things. WOW. i cannot tell how awesome you are to have thought of this!!!!!!  Grin not to mention the pics and tut are ridiculously cool
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« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2004 07:47:16 PM »

What a great idea - perfect for parties and rainy days!!  My dad would love it!

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« Reply #3 on: June 15, 2004 08:11:59 PM »

thats too clever - great job !

did you use modge podge ? its hard to tell from the pictures....
« Reply #4 on: June 15, 2004 09:29:56 PM »

emerald6, we used mod podge at first, but then we discovered it was easier to use rubber cement--fewer bubbles and wrinkles in the paper. we didn't put any mod podge or glue over the puzzles, though, because we knew we'd be adding the contact paper.

and thanks for the compliments, everyone! it's seriously my favorite thing in my house right now. but it was much easier to solve the puzzles when we had huzzah visiting to help us. now it's just me and, uh, mr. wordie, and we keep getting stuck on the hardest ones! i keep dreaming of an all-sunday-NYT-crossword table...
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« Reply #5 on: June 15, 2004 11:14:38 PM »

this is such an amazing project! it's almost as great as those wall-size crosswords like you can get at the discovery store. hmm maybe i should get a puzzle book and make some crossword wallpaper now!
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« Reply #6 on: June 16, 2004 12:01:47 AM »

That is seriously the coolest thing I have seen in a long, long time.
I wish I could think up things that fun!!!

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« Reply #7 on: June 16, 2004 01:36:00 AM »

It's my favorite thing in your house, too, and that includes you! :>

I miss the table terribly (it's transference), so I got some marble-patterned and clear contact paper at Target to cover the plywood board that acts as a top for my filing cabinet (clear on top, for the dry-erase capability).  It won't be nearly as cool, but it will be a space to write notes, shopping lists, and whatnot that I can see every time I leave my room.  We should point out, by the way, that if you get sick of doing the crossword puzzles you can always just graffiti on the table... don't post the picture of our graffiti, though, because I don't want it getting around that I [heart] Satan.

(Secretly I filled in all the clues visible in this photo!  Ha ha!  But actually wordie is much better at crosswords than I.)

This post makes me hyperventilate with glee at how cool we are. 
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« Reply #8 on: June 16, 2004 09:54:13 AM »

This thing keeps eating my comments....

Your table is awesome!!!!!

I love it.

« Reply #9 on: June 16, 2004 11:16:22 AM »

hey, pipu!! thanks!

i should add that depending on how good your contact paper is, it might not want to stay put on the table. we ended up duct taping the edges underneath the table to make it stay.
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