Greetings again. This is my working altar. If you notices, I have a piece of heavy, plate glass I use on top of my altar for several reasons. First it protects my altar cloth from damage (spilled oi, salt water, candle drippings);; it also serves to be a flame retardent measure in case a candle would fall over; finally it makes cleaning a breeze by wiping it down to using a straight razor blade to remove wax drippings. How did I accomplish this? Simple: I measured the top of my altar using a carpenter's extending/retracting ruler and took the dimensions to a glass company. They used plate glass - the kind used in high rise offices - which is almost unbreakable and flame retardent (at least to minimal candle flames). Then they beveled the edges so they were no threat and I brought it home and set it on top o fmy altar. It only cost me $14.00 to do that Money well invested in my opinion!)
The altar itself is from an old Singer sewing machine stand. I removed the sewing machine and junked it then I took out the legs. I set it on the floor and there's plenty of room underneath to store materials or what-have-you. it works out nicely.
You'll notice that I also incorporate shelves. This is actually a former closet in a spare bedroom. I simply hung shelves up and use them to set ritual items & what-not on. I have a shelf unit on all three sides as you can see and it allows for me to set statues of my Spirits as well as crystals, stones, tools, oils and etc. You can get the materials to make your own shelves from either a Home Depot or Loewes and I believe all three shelves ended up costing me around $140.00 total. All you need is a drill, a level, a carpenters rule and some screws and you're in business.
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