Ratka's Sewing Machine Caddy

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Project by just_adam posted 02-14-2010 07:01 PM 1823 views 4 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi Lumberjocks, Here’s my first project since signing on to LJ. Made for friend Ratka who conducted the marriage ceremony for my wife and I last October. Ratka has this handsome old Singer sewing machine (Hefty) that she wanted some sort of cover for. I like working with reclaimed lumber, refining it a bit, but keeping certain features (like rusty nail holes) in place so that it’s history is suggested in the piece a bit. Knowing my penchant for this sort of thing, she was still willing to just let me “go for it”. good sport.

The cover (I call it a sarcophagus :) ) is made from this really old Fir that came from some old siding to our house that was stowed up in the rafters of the garage when we moved in. Very dense and fine growth rings. The rest of the parts came from odds and ends, reclaimed furniture lumber etc. Anyway, this was my first attempt at “coopering” a top like that. getting everything to play fair and square was probably the hardest part, especially getting all those wedges to fit together!

The way it works: I attached some runners along the inside at the bottom of the cover where you see those two tabs in the first pic. These are actually handles for some bubingawood tennons that join the interior groove of the cover with the external groove of the undercarriage. Here’s a youtube of my proof of concept on how the cover holds the undercarriage of the sewing machine:

Seems to work okay. I had some fun and learned a lot in the process. I see all the flaws but hopefully Ratka will be happy.

I included a little bubingawood letter opener attached to the roof here as a joke, we’ll see when she notices it, hehehe

shop view

-- Oakland, CA

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#1 posted 02-14-2010 07:08 PM

nice box well done I just hope my wife doesn’t see it

-- of all the things Ive lost in life i miss my mind the most

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#2 posted 02-14-2010 07:46 PM

a great little box.. looks like you need some insulation in those walls.

-- larry

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#3 posted 02-14-2010 07:46 PM

Nicely made project.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#4 posted 02-14-2010 07:58 PM

great caddy
it wiil hold for years
thankĀ“s for sharing


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#5 posted 02-14-2010 08:58 PM

Nice idea! By the way, they are not flaws – they are character marks! (we all have them)

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#6 posted 02-14-2010 09:12 PM

thanks guys – yeah, the walls could use some insulation! it’s this decrepit 2car garage/outbuilding that will get a bit of “the treatment” this summerish (PLEASE!!!).

-- Oakland, CA

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#7 posted 02-14-2010 09:16 PM

That’s great ,I thought it was a shaker tool box by 1st glance, nice work.

-- Custom furniture

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#8 posted 02-14-2010 10:22 PM

Very nice, I like the locking mechanism that you came up with.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#9 posted 02-14-2010 10:28 PM

Looks great! What a great idea to make a nice box for a sewing machine. I may have to do something of the sorts for my girlfriend.

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