Remanufactured Sewing Table

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Project by 72hw posted 09-09-2012 05:37 AM 3442 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So this was the first project on my new bench as a novice woodworker. Nothing spectacular really, just creative thinking in a pinch. You see, Cali had just received a really bitchin 1970’s era Husqvarna Viking 2000 sewing machine that has like 1,000 stitches. Problem was she had no table to use it with…

Oh the magic of yard sales!

Yes, we found a sewing table that could fold up and stow away on the corner of our apartment when not in use – hooray! It even looked like a good fit for the Viking! How much did we pay? They asked for $1.00 and we gave them $5.00 – they were psyched!

Fast forward 30 minutes to the scene where the couple looks totally bummed – the table does not fit the Viking!

Oh whatever will they do?

The boy thinks to himself “You have a brand new jig saw… has to be a way to justify buying it here… HAS TO BE!

And thus the afternoon long quest to remanufacture the sewing table began.

Using the stock add on platform as a template to shape an MDF top layer the boy put his new jig saw to use. He cut reliefs, he cut lines, he even cut corners – and all was well in the land.

But wait! The MDF is not as thick as the original top! Shock Horror! All that work gone to waste!

Then the boy thought “Wait – I have some plywood left over from building this here bench…. what if I laminated it on to the bottom of this beautiful MDF work surface I just shaped?”

And so the lamination began. And it was good. So good in fact there was to be little to no sanding involved in the entire project!!! Life was sweet for the boy.

After much hand wringing and thought the boy realized he could use the original table as a template to cut hinge mortises with his router table. And he did. And it was good.

He even got to use a chisel and a plane!

Life was sweet – really sweet!

Once the top was mounted on its hinges however the boy realized he would need to put some kind of support under them. “No problem – I’ll just use a couple of bits scrap to make the supports. Drill dowels down into them and Bob’s Your Uncle!”

But how to line up the matching holes in the work surface…


Get your minds out of the gutter! The boy simply placed a bit of paper on the holes he drilled for the dowels and punched holes in the center of each dowel. He then flipped it over on the underside of the table to use as a drill template! He thought he was so clever!

But a few days later he realized this was common practice and his ego once again was deflated.

But he made a bitchin sewing table for his Princess – look at the smile on her face in the cover photo!

-- “Weird heroes and mould-breaking champions exist as living proof to those who need it that the tyranny of 'the rat race' is not yet final.” ― Hunter S. Thompson

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#1 posted 09-09-2012 05:54 AM

Oh, so nice! Love the story, and the smile says it all. Well done!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#2 posted 09-09-2012 10:08 AM

Good thinking and getting it done for the Misses…..... She does look happy and that is a good thing,,,,,,

-- What we do in life will Echo through Eternity........

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 09-09-2012 11:43 AM

Nice job on the sewing table!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#4 posted 09-09-2012 05:28 PM

Nice job. Just to let you know I read the whole thing, I must chide you for cutting corners ;)

That smile on your princess’ face reminds me of the saying “That light at the end of the tunnel is not sunshine”

-- Better woodworking through old hand tools.

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#5 posted 09-09-2012 05:39 PM

Being creative. That is what it is all about. Taking something old and making it work today. GOOD job, thanks for sharing !

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#6 posted 09-09-2012 10:12 PM

When my misses gets that smile it usually means “you better not be taking my picture.”
Nice problem solving on the fly and it still functions; another plus. :)

-- In the end, when your life flashes before your eyes, will you like what you see?

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#7 posted 09-11-2012 01:47 AM


-- I have Carrie, food, shelter, and wood to turn. What else do I need?

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