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  • TIP: Keep an action list

    Make a rough sketch of how the display will look like. Write down what materials and tools you will need. Create a time-line / checklist: This week copying and laminating - Next week: buy or beg materials - Two weeks: covering display boxes with matching paper - Three weeks: collect books matching the display....
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    Glue guns are the most fantastic tools when creating displays. You can attach all sorts of materials like hard plastic, metal, fabric and everything else you can think off. Be careful with your fingers (blow - blow) the glue is very hot and you easily get blisters
  • TIP: Create a 3D effect!

    Create a 3D effect by hanging objects in front of the display board, like fish in a Sea Life display or lanterns in a Summer Reading display.
  • TIP: Don’t overdue it!

    Too much text, images or books on display too close together distract the eye. Each object needs its own space. Think of a shop window that is more than full with appliances, you can’t distinguish one object from the other, while carefully placed objects attract the attention.

Encyclopedia table

myth and magic 2 sides


In our library we are culling the encyclopedias but getting rid of them is more than I can handle. I love to use discarded material and create something beautiful.

I fancied the idea of using them as a laptop table or display stand.

Rex, a member of the maintenance team working for the same College as I do, is creative as well and whenever I ask him to help, he's happy to do so. Even better…. he comes up with great advice.



Together we came up with the following:

What you need:

  • A stack of encyclopedias – I used – depending on the thickness of the books – between 17 and 23 books till ca. 50 cm high
  • Two wooden bases, one for the bottom and one for the top – the same size as the encyclopedias
  • Wooden dowelling (like a broom stick)
  • 4 castors if you want the table to be moveable
  • Wood glue
  • Photocopy the front page of the encyclopedias or paint the top as I first planned to do
  • Varnish & turps
  • Paint & brushes
  • Wood glue
  • A drill to match the thickness of the dowel










  the photo shows the table from an angle which is deceptive; the top and bottom are actually the same dimensions.



What to do:

  • Drill a hole in the centre all of the encyclopedias, large enough to fit around the dowelling (yes that will keep you going (:-) 
  underside table top with hole


  • Drill a hole in the centre of the top and bottom bases, fitting the dowelling (but not all the way through of course)
  • Attach the castors to the bottom base
under construction bottom1  







  • Cut the dowelling to the size of your stack of encyclopedias plus the depth of the hole of the top and bottom
  • Glue the dowelling to the bottom base
  • Fit the top to the dowelling but don't glue it yet. It's handy to have it  on the dowelling when painting
  • Paint the bottom – two coats of primer and two of top coat
  • Paint the top as for the bottom – you only need to paint the area which will not be covered by the photocopy
myth and magic top1 top science table The world around us   top2
  • Glue the photocopy to the top – you can see that I came up with the idea of attachinga photocopy to the top after Rex had drilled holes in all the encyclopedias. The black hole is still visible in the copy of the two right books. I managed (with a lot of copying and pasting) to remove the hole from the left copy…..

Let it dry…..

  • Varnish the top twice or more if it will be heavily used

Let it dry…..

  • Push the books over the dowelling and squeeze a dot of wood glue in between the books – I like the tables neat and tidy in a square but of course you can spiral them
under construction top    
  • Glue the top to the dowelling

Let it dry……


red table up front

science 3




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