Tech-/Wood-working newbie. Requesting help!

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    Hi all,
    I am hoping to build a sand table in time for a Christmas gift for my SO; I’m based in Australia, and despite spending what feels like an age trying to get a “step-by-step” on how to make a sand table, I don’t feel like I completely understand everything!
    I don’t feel like I have the prior knowledge (yet!) but would love it if someone who has gone through building a table would be able to help me clarify the notes that I’ve wrangled together so far, and help guide me in the right direction as to building one of these gorgeous tables. I’d really love to be able to visualise exactly what I’m making before I commit to buying all the parts, and I would love to create a “recipe style” step-by-step of how to make this table.
    I have recently acquired a 3D printer I’m hoping to use to help me print the parts, and am having some trouble sourcing all the non-3D printed parts as they seem to be out of stock / don’t ship to Aus unfortunately…
    My email is my username dot “sub” at “g” mail dot com and I can send my notes through!
    Thank you in advance!


    I’m in the process of building mine. I got the hardware and firmware working this weekend. Now I’m tweaking the endstop mounts to get the most accurate homing I can. I went to a community woodshop over the weekend to start planning the table build. I have some definite thoughts on what I want the finished product to look like.

    I’ll be happy to provide the benefits of my very recent experience. I’m <username> at gmail



    Just sent you an email! 😀 Thank you!


    I used a round coffee table I found locally. It was easier to start with that, building something round is somewhat difficult. I think I paid 35.00 usd for the table. I then used some 1/8” plywood for the drawing surface with the underside painted with gloss paint to provide a smooth surface for the magnet.


    I used an Ikea Vittsjo coffee table that is 75cm in diameter and has a glass surface so its quite perfect for a project like this. For the drawing surface I used 5mm thick plexiglass and fortunately had a coworker who could machine it into a circle for me.

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