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A Wheel Table: Setting Up Your Pottery Studio

A Wheel Table: Setting Up Your Pottery Studio
When I attended the Greg Daly workshop hosted by the Coastal Claymakers in Coffs Harbour at the TAFE, I was gobsmacked by the wonderful throwing area and the tables they had constructed.  Such a wonderful work area!

The tables surrounding the wheels provided a really convenient workspace that fit right around the wheel.

So…remember that guy that is so handy to have around at my studio?  Yep, that’s him!  My wonderful husband, Ronnie!!  Well, he came to the party again and created a wonderful work table for my wheel!

He used a jigsaw to cut plywood into a shape that wrapped around the wheel.
The base was made from 2x4s.
He sanded the edges and top with an electric belt sander.
The table fit perfectly around the wheel allowing for leg room
and providing lots of area for tools and pots.
The blue paint gave a sturdy, bright finish to the table.
I love it!


Written by Marian Williams


  1. Anna · May 1, 2012

    Wonderful! You won’t know yourself when you start to use it. Love that you have a supportive techy

    • Marian Williams · May 2, 2012

      Thanks! It is awesome and useful and sturdy and I LOVE IT!

    • Gary Huntoon · December 29, 2014

      a great idea when you have the room, the rest of us are stuck in cramped spaces, love the idea though. Love your website, forgot about it, rediscovered it. Sorry you couldn’t make it back to Dallas, had a great show, may come back next year. Keep up the great potting.

      • Marian Williams · January 19, 2015

        Hi! Thanks for reading!!! Sorry we missed Dallas! Next time??! Yep- I’m very lucky!

  2. Kim @frogpondsrock · May 3, 2012

    Oh How fantastic. And I love the colour. Yay for handy husbands.

  3. Marian Williams · May 6, 2012

    Yep…couldn’t do all this without him! Thanks, it is fantastic!

  4. JSB_Arts · September 8, 2014

    Late to this party.. 🙂 Found this post via Pinterest though. What is the dimension of your table?

    • Marian Williams · September 8, 2014

      The dimensions can be whatever fits your space, your wheel and your legs – we measured, modified and then after built – re modified! Draw it out on your plywood and then cut away! It’s exactly as tall as my wheel and the wheel fits snugly in the whole to prevent tools etc fail long between. Good luck! It works great!!!! Luv!

    • Marian Williams · January 19, 2015

      Hi! So sorry to be so slow posting back to you! It’s about 12 inches on each side of my wheel and about 18 inches deep on the front side. You’d have to adapt it to your wheel shape/size and space available in your studio! Good luck! Would love to see your finished product!
      Make cool stuff!

  5. Daryl · January 19, 2015

    Hello. Just found your site on pinterest. Love the table your hubby made you. What paint did he use, that would stand up to the wetness

    • Marian Williams · January 19, 2015

      It’s several coats of an acrylic house paint. Good luck and hope yours works great too!
      Happy potting!

  6. Suzi Swinford · November 23, 2015

    I want a Ronnie for my very own!

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  8. Elaine Bradley · January 10, 2016

    I haven’t read a blog in ages it this is great. Ronnie rocks!

    • Marian Williams · January 10, 2016

      Yep, he’s pretty nice. HAHA! my keeper, tool guy, and he services me on occassion….

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