I'm in the process of cleaning up my living room where I do my macrophotography.
I've been doing my photography on a card table with a sheet of plywood on top of it. On the plywood are clamped my lights and camera mount.
Behind my card table against the wall is a filing cabinet on top of which is a large (bigger and thicker than the plywood sheet) sheet of particle board.
This board was formerly mounted on this and an identical filing cabinet, and used for years as a computer desk.
I'm considering retiring the card table. In its place I would restore the second filing cabinet and using the combination as a photography table.
This would give me significantly more space, as well as an even more stable work surface onto which the lights and camera could be clamped. In addition, this would give me storage space for tools and accessories.
I however have some concerns:
- The filing cabinets are sheet metal. While they're sturdy, should I be concerned with vibration?
- The tops of the filing cabinets are smooth metal. The top is quite heavy, but it can be slid. Would the addition of rubber strips/feet be sufficient to prevent movement (and possibly vibration)? In addition, I could glue/screw wooden cleats to the bottom of the sheet. Would this be sufficient.
Ultimately, I plan to build a purpose built macro table out of thick plywood and plumbing pipe. However, my most recent job contract expired last week, so I can't afford to spend much money.
Any comments, concerns or suggestions?