How to make a storage/cutting table for sewing projects?

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  • R Walter R Walter on Jan 19, 2019

    buy a hollow core door ( can be found at Restore Stores, Habitat for humanity sites) and lay it on two saw horses. Can be stored in a small amount of space when not using. Saw horses can be made with some cheap 1X6 lumber and a couple of door hinges then they fold up for storage. https://ibuildit.ca/projects/portable-folding-saw-horses/ is one video or just buy a couple of plastic ones from Harbor freight and you are good to go.

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Jan 19, 2019

    You can build a table with plywood and 2x4's or larger for legs. Make it the depth you need for laying patterns and fabric out. You can make the table longer to accommodate all the pattern by having a second top attached with hinges and have a 4x4 the right height to put under the extension to support it. You could make a hutch for storage, also if you put a plywood across the bottom, you could have open storage for fabric and larger things, like the sewing machine. You could put on doors if you want to enclose the storage. Make sure you put good castors on the table so that you could move the table around if you want to. I hope this helps you get an idea on how to build a sewing table, Janis!

  • Lydia Weikel Cox Lydia Weikel Cox on Jan 21, 2019

    Purchase 2 bookshelf units or the type of cube storage units that are popular. I found 4’ height worked well avoiding back strain of bending over when cutting. I placed them on each end of table with solid back walls facing toward the center of my table space. That gave me shelves/cubes on each end for storage. For the table top, a hollow core door could be used if you have the room for it. I found my local Lowe’s had something intended for table tops 3’x5’x2” that better suited my space (used for another purpose) and they had other sizes as well. The cost was $20-30 I believe, but was several years ago. The plank was heavy enough I didn’t even fasten it to the shelf units! Another alternative for top could be 3/4” plywood in half or whole sheet, or cut to size wanted. In that case, however, I’d suggest getting either furniture grade finish plywood or painting the top with several coats of paint or varnish to avoid snagging fabric. You can put wood or plastic bins or crates under the table for additional storage, and even 2-drawer filing cabinets. HTH spark ideas & happy stitching!!

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