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    Sewing table questions

    So my wife would like me to make a sewing table for her. She gave me a picture of something she likes. There's no dimensions so it's basically up to me to make them up. We think the top can be about 48x30.

    Looking at the picture it looks like it's plywood, but I was worried about it being able to support a 14 pound sewing machine. It looks like underneath the top it's surrounded by wood for support? If I zoom in I can see on the size it almost looks like the top and support stuff could be an entirely separate piece from the side legs and somehow it's resting on the legs?

    On another note, also in the picture the sides don't look like they're dado'd together so I'm curious how they did that - I don't want screws showing. She did like the beadboard look so I thought I could POSSIBLY use screws and then cover that over with some leftover 1/4" bead board I have, but then that glued to the plywood would show on the side.

    Just thinking things through and looking for some thoughts.




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    Re: Sewing table questions

    The top shouldn't have any problem supporting the sewing machine but if you're concerned, you could add a third rail underneath. It's likely that the shelves are in stopped dadoes so from the front they don't look like dadoes. If you need a sketch to get a better idea of how to build it, I could do something. Tell me how tall you want it.
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    Re: Sewing table questions

    I doodled out a table similar the one in your screen shot. If you make the case sides from plywood, you'll want to put some edge trim on the front. You dado the case sides first, the trim will effectively make stopped dadoes. If you want the beadboard look, you can get beadboard panel so you don't need to add strips to the outside of the case.
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    Re: Sewing table questions

    That's sweet - I was trying to sketch it up, but I couldn't figure out how to get the pieces that are supporting the top to attach to the side parts.

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    Re: Sewing table questions

    I don't think those rails attach to the case sides. It looks to me as if they are moved in a bit. They would be attached with screws up through the top of the cases.


    I added a center rail because of your concern for supporting the weight of the sewing machine and I closed in the ends of the top support so that dust at least wouldn't be obvious under the top.
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    Re: Sewing table questions

    That's awesome. I'm going to spend the next 12 hours cutting this in SketchUp. :-)

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    Re: Sewing table questions

    Happy if it helped.

    I'm going to spend the next 12 hours cutting this in SketchUp.
    Not sure what you mean.
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    Re: Sewing table questions

    Was typing on the phone. Thanks autocomplete

    Meant mocking this up in Sketchup.

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    Re: Sewing table questions

    Ahh.... I understand, now.
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    Re: Sewing table questions

    Steve this is what I built for the Mrs a couple years ago. One of the drawerson the right is made with Stainless steel pins to hold different thread spools
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    Re: Sewing table questions

    nice - what's the top made out of?

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    Re: Sewing table questions

    Steve, the weight should be no problem even without the rail although I think it looks better. Be careful on the height, (I can't use SketchUp on this computer anymore because the selection tool freezes it up - known problem with Windows 10 & intel chipset video so I can't tell your height) - I built one from the Rockler design which is 29" high. Be aware that while sewing she has to reach the foot pedal. I'd recommend the lift so that she can use the table in your design for a cutting board.

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    Re: Sewing table questions

    She's new to seeing so we're guessing what she needs, but we were thinking 36" so she could stand and use it is she wanted, but you make a good point.

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    Re: Sewing table questions

    Steve the top is a solid Maple door that I sanded lightly and reaplied a coat of Poly

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    Re: Sewing table questions

    You need to sit down when using a sewing machine. I do girl stuff sometimes.
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