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Sara Lasso Lopez 12-07-2010 05:50 AM

Casey Childs

Casey Childs 12-14-2010 07:55 PM

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Sara, thanks so much for spreading the word! I'm glad you posted this because I came to the forum to find out what other artists thought about this taboret table.

Here's the story behind this taboret design--The table I was using was just a cart and I had all my paints jumble up in a bin on one of the shelves which was a mess. It always seemed to take forever to find the color I was looking in my pile of paint tubes! So I decided I needed an actual taboret to help me get more organized, I searched the art supply stores to see what they had. I was looking for a table that would help me organize my paints and brushes since they're what I use the most! And I didn't find anything--most of the taborets out there are just carts with drawers and nothing else. I needed something better, so I decided to designed my own.

Well now, I've gotten quite a bit of interest in it and I've been talking to the carpenter who built this table about possibly making them for other artists. So I'm curious what you think? Please give me your thoughts!

Julie Deane 12-17-2010 12:15 PM

That's a beautifully thought out and well crafted taboret, Casey.

Casey Childs 12-17-2010 06:16 PM

Thanks, Julie. :)

Sara Lasso Lopez 01-08-2011 12:22 PM

Hi Casey,

I really like the system to organize the drawers. If more parts of the taboret table could be customized I think that the furniture would be suitable for more artists. For example offer units and accesories that can be combined to make your own table.

Best of luck!

Claudemir Bonfim 01-14-2011 11:03 AM

I like it very much.

I think you could easily sell your invention wherever you go.

Casey Childs 01-16-2011 10:52 PM

Thanks Sara and Claudemir!

Sara, I do like your idea about making this table more customizable for other artists needs. I realize this taboret is set up for me and the way I work, but I'm not sure what other artists need. So if you have anything in specific you would like to see added on the table please let me know. Speaking of, I've been working on adding a pull out garbage can in this taboret. We all use a garbage can when we work and it would be nice to hide it.

I've been working on a site for the taboret table:


I've also put together a survey to see what other artist's think about my idea:

10 Question Survey

If you get a chance, please check out the site and take the survey. Thanks for your help and encouragement!

Debra Rexroat 01-18-2011 10:12 PM

Really nice design!

About the pull out garbage can, I have seen this on other taborets. My two cents worth says I would rather have a pull out pantry-stye drawer for storage of bottles, cans, jars, brushes, rags --- even paint, before I would want to use up that space for something so portable as a garbage can. For oil painters, it could even house a pull-out wet canvas storage drawer.

If I were to design my own pastel taboret/workstation, it would have 1.5-2" drawers or swing-out trays to hold my pastels on both sides. I would also have a removable tray or fabric top that I could take outdoors to shake off the pastel dust. If I wanted to really outdo myself, I would make the drawers with lift-out trays for my pastels, so they could be easily cleaned, straightened, and perhaps even dropped into a custom carrier for workshops and other out-of-studio events. But then, I don't even have a studio, or room for a taboret! But it is fun to dream, especially using the great designs of others as a starting point!

Sara Lasso Lopez 01-19-2011 06:03 AM

Hi Casey,

I completed the survey and missed to can

Casey Childs 01-19-2011 01:05 PM

Debra and Sara,

Thanks so much for your thoughtful and insightful feedback! This survey has been a great tool to help me gain a greater understanding of what other artists are looking for in a taboret. I knew from the beginning that my taboret was built for me which was built for an artist who paints mainly in oils and has a large studio space. And my situation is, of course, different than many other artists.

Sara, you asked about my target group--I haven't fully decided yet since my goal here is to simply make a better taboret for other artists because I enjoy mine so much.

I realize now that if I want to offer this concept to a broader range of artists I need to, first, offer a smaller version like Sara suggested. Just because it's smaller doesn't mean we can't make it better than the current taborets being sold! Debra, you're right, a built-in garbage can makes sense with someone who has a studio with plenty of other storage, but not much sense to one who is working in a small space with no storage. So focusing on more storage options in a smaller taboret would be important. And really like the idea of making a taboret for artist's working in a certain medium. I'd like to work up some taboret designs for artist working in mediums other than oil.

Thanks again!

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