Sewing table with vintage treadle base

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Project by DoctorJ posted 06-30-2010 06:26 PM 5917 views 3 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

This was a fun way to use something old for something new. My wife’s new Janome sewing machine came with a quilting extension table that I incorporated into the table top. The top is made from 2 layers of laminated sheet goods and reinforced with oak scrap material before adding the 1×2 maple trim. The top layer is 1/4” thick so the machine’s insert fits flush – I decided not to glue it down so that it can be replaced if it gets damaged. The second picture gives a good view of how the insert fits in the table top.

The other pictures from below the table show how the shelf for the machine is attached to the treadle stand. I had to experiment with the shelf height and table top attachment (see the small blocks) to get the machine power plug to fit around the cast iron base and to get the machine and insert at the same level.

There are lots of these old machine treadle bases around for under $100 (check Craigslist). The small bookshelf you see under the table in the first picture is described in another post.


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#1 posted 07-01-2010 03:17 PM

Very nice reuse. Looks perfect. My wife would love a sewing center like this.

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