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Paper cutting craft station


My wife has taken a great interest in paper cutting crafts and making other things for our children's preschool. Until now she only had a simple table and computer set up in the corner of our bedroom. She had paper stored here and there, not much room to work. I wanted to use my hobby to give her a place to keep all her paper, materials, computer, and everything she needs to enjoy her hobby. She was so excited when I showed her my own design plans she even helped! Our sons (ages 3 and 5) loved to help me in the shop and were happy to make something for their mom in return for all she's done for us.

I think the biggest trouble I had was making the paper storage tower, it was difficult keeping all the lines straight for the light shelves. I also made a mistake measuring for the computer to go in the other custom shelf! So I decided to use the extra butcher block from the counter top to make heavy duty shelves that she can store her cutter and printer on. Sometimes inspiration comes from mistakes too!

Now that the craft station is in place my wife has really been able to enjoy her hobby and has plenty of room to work. I've learned a lot making the cabinets using my dado blade to cut the rabbets for the joints and setting up the drawers in the shelves too. I've also learned to see my errors as an opportunity to change my design and not a reason to quit!

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  • This turned out amazing! What a neat project that the 4 of you could work on together. The desk space is absolutely ideal- you really came up with a perfect design. Congrats to your whole family on this build!

    By RYOBI Nation, on October 27, 2016

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