It has become pretty clear that my Cart and my Horse don’t even run in the same social circles let alone work together in a coordinated, orderly fashion.
Ah well. What follows is the “this what I did….. just trust me” version of a tutorial.
It started when the folks that run Jackalope Artisan Fairs asked if I might make something like this for them.
They’d seen them at another show and thought they would make a great place for folks to set their food down etc.
To me it looked just like a modified police barricade so I googled “Police Barricade” and found a lot of unhelpful things (and probably gained some kind of “watch this guy” tracking thing on my computer).
But eventually I realized it was just a sawhorse and stumbled upon this perfect diagram:
Following the plans it was insanely easy to build. Just a few pieces of 1×4 cut down at (mostly) 15 degree angles and assembled. I just added a top “table” to mine using a 1×8 piece of pine that was screwed to the stretcher.
And that is when it dawned on me that this might be the perfect solution to my craft show table problem!!
Standard folding tables are usually about 2′ wide which is a little more depth than really I need and with space at a premium in a 10×10 booth I’ve always wanted to find a good alternative.
There are, to be sure, narrower tables available but they are oddly expensive and this seemed like something that would provide a lot of versatility.
What’s great with this is that, once you build the legs, the stretcher and tabletop can be pretty much any size or length that suits your needs.
My little table made it’s debut at Jackalope Pasadena and worked great.
My original towers worked well. However it seemed like the coasters down at the bottom never sold as well since people had to be willing to crouch to see them. I’d actually started to leave those rows empty which wasn’t a great look.
It’s an easy set up, much easier to lug around and sales went up A LOT! Best of all, the variety of sales went up too.
Today I’m doing the Patchwork Santa Ana show so we’ll see if the trend continues!
Ok, I must go back to cleaning the dishes and eating dinner…wait.. that’s not right……argh!!!! stupid horse…….