Cutting Board for a Dressmaker

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Project by Robster40 posted 11-15-2010 10:33 PM 2706 views 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

I built this wooden work platform for my mother, who is getting back into dressmaking now that she has retired. Her apartment doesn’t really have any good spaces for her to lay large bolts of fabric on the floor so she can mark and cut it. So, I went over to the local recycle store and picked up half of an old ping pong table surface for ten bucks. I cut that in half and repainted the surface with a chalkboard paint so she could write notes on it if she needed to.

I had to put a small pine trim around the edges so that the coarse edges of the table wood wouldn’t snag any delicate materials. Although the surface is really solid for her to work on, the coarse sawdust pressed material they used to make the board, made it really hard to cut without chipping the edges. Sanding them was completely out of the question as well. So the trim and wood filler around the edges solved the problem.

It’s a little heavy for her but it does what she needs it to do. It was a very rough item to build and certainly wouldn’t win any points for appearance.

-- Rob, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada,

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#1 posted 11-16-2010 05:41 AM


Your mother should be pleased; very practical. She’ll make good use of this. Thanks for posting.


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