Sewing Cabinet

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Sewing cabinet from Rockler plan but with additional shelf in the back. The main sewing machine is on an air lift to store it or use it in a free arm position. The second machine is meant to be stored in the right side of the cabinet. It is constructed of cherry ply and cherry cut from our woodlot in NH before we moved to TN. Finished using Tried & True followed by several coats of shellac to insure no oil residues would stain the fabrics. At least the LOML is happy for awhile.

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#1 posted 1475 days ago

Well it is a beaut she should be happy for awhile.

-- Bill - "Freedom flies in your heart like an Eagle" Audie Murphy

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#2 posted 1475 days ago

An outstanding sewing cabinet! Beautiful work!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#3 posted 1475 days ago

Beautiful. I unfortunately showed it to my wife. “Yup. That’s what I want.”
Thanks – a – lot!! ;)

-- Pete - "To every thing there is a season Turn! Turn! turn!" [Ecclesiastes and Pete Seeger]

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#4 posted 1475 days ago

I’m gearing up to do the same cabinet, from the same plan, and in the same materials… thanks for a shining example. Did you build the stock feet? They were the only part of the plan my better half and I don’t really care for. Also, did you find it necessary to laminate the 2 1/4” panels in order to get a two-good-side panel (as opposed to just using 1/2” ply)?

-- Darren

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#5 posted 1475 days ago

I did the same cabinet for my wife a couple years ago and she loves it. It is one of the first things she shows off when she points out what I have made. You did an awsome job and I am sure it will be well used.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#6 posted 1475 days ago

Yup, my wife wants one too! Not sure what wood I’ll used Hmm…..Great job though!!!

-- " There is no more important rule than to wear these, SAFTEY GLASSES"

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#7 posted 1475 days ago

great execution on this one.

-- David - Houston, Texas. (

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#8 posted 1475 days ago

made one of these for my mom awhile back, yours looks great. I much prefer the cherry to the oak I used.

-- Greg P, Washington State,

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#9 posted 1474 days ago


No I did not use the feet as given in the plan. After I had built the feet and installed them, the boss said it needed casters so the feet came off and locking casters on the front and standard ones on the rear were installed. You are right that the plan feet are not in keeping with the theme. Because of the weight of these things, especially with machines on them, it would be better to use a caster. I did face glue 1/4” ply for the door panels because the cherry ply available was not very pleasing one one side and since both sides show in this piece with the open or closed doors, I went to the best face of 1/4” ply and glued them up. No reason you couldn’t use 1/2” if you have 2 good faces. I should have also said that the back shelf to extend the surface area is on a pair of hinges so it will fold down. I used a hinge from Lee Valley that is made in Germany.

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#10 posted 1474 days ago

Nice job on the cabinet. Built the same one from those plans with some minor modifications. My wife wanted it on casters too, so I hid them behind the stock feet in the design.

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#11 posted 1471 days ago

Really nice, my wife would love something like this for scrapbooking and her scrapbooking supplies.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#12 posted 643 days ago

I love this, my wife would love this.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#13 posted 261 days ago


Built the exact same cabinet for my wife.. Made it from cherry
She has her sewing room and I have my shop….very peaceful


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