Utilize the space underneath your tables with a rolling reclaim table.
The top surface of the table is made of a fiber cement backerboard
typically used for tile installations, which is available at home
stores. We use this for all our tables because it absorbs water, doesn’t
warp, and can be scraped clean over and over with no damage to the
Make a simple frame with a few braces in between to support
the weight of the heavy backerboard and clay, top with plywood then the
cement board. When measuring for the frame, remember that it needs to
fit easily between the legs of the table above plus allow some extra
room for the casters to roll it into place. Use large casters as the
table with wet clay will be quite heavy. Put sturdy drawer pull handles
on the front to make it easy to pull the table out and push it back into
place. The rolling table also doubles as a great work surface.
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