|Project by WhoMe||posted 11-17-2012 06:46 AM||2307 views||3 times favorited||5 comments|
My wife wanted A(as in ONE) basic sewing/embroidery table. She said, nothing fancy but a basic table where she could do sewing and embroidery. Her old table was a fold up table from camping and it moved around like crazy when using her embroidery machine.
SO, I looked around at many of the manufactured designs and their overinflated prices and though, this will be easy to make one. And it will be much more stable. Off to the big orange box store to pick up materials. A 4×8 sheet of melamine coated particle board here, 4×4 douglas fir posts there, and some clear pine.
The design is a 24” x 72” table with pine edging. the outer perimeter of the melamine par is double thickness for stability and the mounting of the1 1/2” wide pine banding. The stretchers under the table are 1×6’s on all sides with clearance cutouts for legs and knees on the long sides. The legs are 4×4 Doug fir posts and the stretchers are mortised into the legs and held together with bed bolts on the long sides. I had to make the table in sub assemblies as it was too larger to fit thorough the house as one piece.
The top is attached to the legs via pocket screws.
When I was almost finished with the first table, the wife says “Hey, it would be really nice to have a smaller table for my computer, printer and all my supplies to fit under. So, I started making the second table. It is of the same design but 24” x 48” and I made it so it clamps to the main table via clasps under the table so they act as one.
THEN, as I was putting finish on the pine pieces of the second table, the wife said, “Hey, it would be really neat if you could make a third smaller table behind me so that I can put more supplies on it. SO, I made the third table at 18” x 24” and that one clamps to the mid size table. SO now she has all three table surrounding her. They are REALLY stable and don’t move at all when the embroidery machine is going full bore. She also likes all the available workspace for everything.
After they were all in, I added the hook on the main table for the machine hoops. In the future I think I will add a drawer under the midsize table as there is some wasted space between the stretchers.
It was a fun project and I learned a lot about pocket screws and using different densities of wood and the melamine coating on the top of the tables is a great work surface for her projects.
AND, best of all, my wife loves the tables and was showing them off to who ever came over.
-- I'm not clumsy.. It's just the floor hates me, the tables and chairs are bullies, the wall gets in the way AAANNNDDD table saws BITE my fingers!!!.. - Mike -