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Project by Lee Barker posted 02-16-2011 06:54 PM 2788 views 13 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project was completed about two years ago from this writing. It belongs in the file labeled, “Three Run Homers.”

The clients—a retired couple—are avid and devoted quilters. My hunch is that a day doesn’t go by without their spending time on one or several of their projects. The challenge was to create a work surface and storage area that would maximize both in a pretty small room, already lined with quilting essentials.

The planning was a textbook case in collaboration, clear communication, and openness. By the time the saw went on for the first cut, everyone was completely confident that every concern had been addressed. That would be, a, er, a blanket statement.

Height: 36; fixed top: 36×36; fold down flap 21×36.

There are identical full extension drawers on both sides and bolt storage is visible on one end. The other end has a fold down flap. Notable are the brackets, a Hafele product that, while high on the price side, are absolutely rock solid. In order for these to work, the flap has to come up slightly past horizontal for the smaller arm to engage or disengage. They will not pinch fingers.

Material is maple solid stock and ply. The aluminum rules are inlaid between the laminate top and maple self edge. Finish is lacquer.

For one of the subtle features, note the drawer pulls. They resemble needle shapes.

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"





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RexMcKinnon

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#1 posted 02-16-2011 06:58 PM

I know nothing about quilting but that looks very organized and practical too me.

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

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Chuck Anstrom

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#2 posted 02-16-2011 07:00 PM

Very impressive.

-- Chuck Anstrom - Virginia

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steopa

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#3 posted 02-16-2011 08:04 PM

That is really nice. Having made a quilt myself, I can assure you pieces and parts get all over the place. Not unlike woodworking! They are really going to love having such an organized space to work on. Great job!

-- Steopa

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Lee Barker

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#4 posted 02-16-2011 08:18 PM

Thanks Steopa. My observation of the craft was just that—there is a time when the work area is virtual chaos, and yet there is a need for real organization because of the normal accumulation of inventory.

Here’s another connection between quilting and woodworking: Years ago, Cora came in and told me she wanted a bed, craftsman style, these dimensions, the material and the general color. “The rest,” she said, “Is up to you.”

My employee and I put our souls into that bed, refining the design and carefully choosing proportions and dimensions of the headboard and footboard. The material was painstakingly hand picked.

Upon delivery, installation and payment, I said to Cora, “You got our very best because you did not prescribe everything and you did not hand us a picture and say, ‘I want it just like this.’ How did you know to do that?”

“Because,” she replied, “When someone comes in and says ‘I want a quilt this wide by this long, and mostly blue,’ I do my best work. I thought the same would go for you.”

Nuff sed!

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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TheDane

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#5 posted 02-16-2011 09:08 PM

Lee—Very nice … I shan’t show this to my wife!

Last year, I built her a cupboard and cutting table, and you are correct … the sewing room is often in chaos, but it seems to be an organized chaos that LOML manages quite handily.

—Gerry

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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kalapolo

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#6 posted 02-16-2011 11:24 PM

I quilt, and this looks terrific! Something any quilter would be happy to give a home :)

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#7 posted 03-01-2011 07:07 AM

hi lee , my wife asked me to make her a sewing table , nothing like the one here cause i wouldnt live long enough to do something that nice. could you tell me what material you used on the top surface ? i dont know of anything that she could is soft enough to stick pins in .
thanks
rick

-- rick

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Lee Barker

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#8 posted 03-01-2011 07:45 PM

Hi Rick—

The top is plastic laminate—nothing exotic there. There is a mat which they placed on top, but I don’t think it’s receptive to pins.

I think you might start a thread asking your question; undoubtedly there are some LJs who have built such a thing with the right porous surface.

It will be a fun project for you. Feel free to ask me questions anytime. Maybe someday I’ll have an answer!

Kindly,

Lee

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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TheDane

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#9 posted 03-01-2011 11:31 PM

Lee—That mat looks like one of those ‘cutting mats’ you can buy at fabric shops and online. My wife has two of them, and they STINK to HIGH HEAVEN!

You’re right … they are not receptive to pins and the like, but my wife uses them all of the time with a little rotary cutter she has.

—Gerry

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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8iowa

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#10 posted 03-02-2011 02:49 AM

My wife and daughter are avid quilters, and I mean really avid. I’ve found that there are a lot of LJ’s here with quilters in the family.

Here in Gainesville, I have my workshop in 1/2 of the garage. On the other side….........you guessed it – a longarm quilting machine. Now you know why I have to keep such a clean shop.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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