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Kids' Paper Scroll

If your children are budding artists, they probably enjoy pursuing projects independently. Encourage your children's creative aspirations by providing them with small, portable worktables of their own. Equip the tables with conveniently mounted rolls of paper, and no matter where they are, your kids can portray their surroundings.

Materials

  • Drill with 3/16-inch drill bit
  • Small worktable
  • No. 6 screw eyes
  • 1/2-inch diameter dowel, cut to fit width of table
  • No. 8 dowel screws
  • Decorative drawer pulls
  • Parting strip
  • Wood screws
  • Washers
  • Rolls of assorted papers

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Using a 3/16-inch drill bit, drill two holes on the inside of two legs at least 5 inches from the underside of the table. If your table is rectangular, use the two legs at one of the short ends.

  2. Step 2

    Screw a No. 6 screw eye into each hole.

  3. Step 3

    Using a 1/16-inch drill bit, drill a hole into the end of the dowel. Insert a #8 dowel screw into the hole. Attach a drawer pull. Thread the dowel through the eye, and attach a second pull to set dowel in place.

  4. Step 4

    Cut a parting strip to the width of the table. Predrill two holes at each end of the far side of the table from the dowel assembly. Using wood screws and washers as spacers, screw the parting strips into the predrilled holes

  5. Step 5

    Thread dowel through roll paper, reattach, and thread through parting strip.

Source
Martha Stewart Living Television

Reviews (1)

  • MrsDiaz 6 Sep, 2008

    I did a similar modification to an Ikea kids' table - looks just like the table in the photo - except that I used chalkboard pain on the table surface, and mounted the paper by using large eye screws through the apron of the table. The dowel goes through the eye screws, and a hanger bolt (double-sided screw) holds old cabinet knobs in place to keep the dowel rod (with paper) from falling through the eye screws. The kids love having a place for doing their art projects.