|Project by Mosquito||posted 10-23-2012 11:18 PM||1369 views||1 time favorited||10 comments|
This is a table for sewing that my girlfriend wanted me to make for her. I saw “table for sewing” because when I think of “sewing table” I think of a table with a recess for the sewing machine to sit in so the table top and sewing machine sewing top are flush. But that’s not what she wanted, so this is merely a table for sewing on.
It is all poplar, and primarily hand tool work.
There are only 3 things hand tools weren’t used for:
Cross cutting the table top to length (circular saw)
Putting the bull nose on the top edges (Router table)
Chamfer on the 4 corners of the legs (Router table)
I guess I never got a picture of it yet, but there is a cross support in the middle because she was worried about the sewing machine being too heavy (I just made her happy by saying I’d put a support in there) which sits in dados in the two long rails. And I used table leg braces/corner braces that I got from Rockler to hold the legs on. They’re also sliding mortise and tenon joints so the legs can be removed, but still offer decent strength beyond just a bolt. Table top fasteners to hold the top to the apron.
It is 29.5” tall, 22” wide, and 46” long.
Finish is 3 coats of General Finishes Arm-R-Seal semi gloss, with #0000 steel wool between coats, and after the last one. I was strictly told to “NOT make it shiny”. Overall I’m pretty happy with it. A few things I would change if it were mine, but hopefully she’ll be happy with it as she starts to use it.
Some more in progress pictures:
Thanks for checking it out!