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Project by rjcshop posted 01-22-2013 07:29 PM 1651 views 14 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this sewing table for my wife for Christmas several years ago but I never finished it so she has been using it without drawers or doors. I finally built and installed the doors and drawers last weekend. The table has two machine lifts to support the sewing machine and the serger which can be hidden behind flapper doors and under table top inserts when not in use. The flapper doors open completely to allow knee room when in use, and close to present a nicer appearance otherwise. There are 6 drawers and two extension wings. The wings pull out to create a table surface 130” x 25 1/4”. Closed the table surface is 71 1/4” x 25 1/4”. The extensions lift completely off if necessary and the table then is 68 1/4” x 22 1/2” x 31 1/2” high. I built it from Maple with Walnut accents. The top extension wings and the flapper doors are glued up from 3/16” veneer – I didn’t want to risk cracking due to differential expansion. The cabinet and top is solid wood, biscuit joined. I cut the 3/16” veneer from solid stock to maintain the grain. I think it turned out fairly well, but it took far longer than it should have. I’m glad I have a patient wife!

-- RobertJ





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#1 posted 01-22-2013 08:50 PM

real nice

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#2 posted 01-22-2013 09:46 PM

Great craftsmanship buddy! Functional!

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#3 posted 01-22-2013 10:11 PM

Gorgeous sewing table. Great design and build. Excellent work!

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#4 posted 01-22-2013 11:18 PM

Good job Robert.

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#5 posted 01-23-2013 01:41 AM

I’m sure your wife agrees, it was well worth the wait. Looks real nice.

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#6 posted 01-23-2013 04:24 AM

This is great. Good concept. I love the feeling of finishing a project like that. It’s like a monkey off my back that I can be proud of.

-- Natalie - My mind is like a bad neighborhood, I don't like to go there alone.

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#7 posted 01-23-2013 02:46 PM

Very nice, great job!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#8 posted 01-23-2013 04:29 PM

Great job! Very innovative design. You certainly put a lot of thought into the project to be able to incorporate so many features!

-- Paul, Auburn, WA

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#9 posted 01-23-2013 05:41 PM

What a beautiful cabinet. My wife sews alot and I admire your design on this table with the added work space.
I do have a question, do the doors open up so that her knees slide under the table? or are there shelves there?
I think that I will use some of your Ideas in building the one I have been promising for about a year now …

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#10 posted 01-29-2013 03:54 PM

Grumpy Mike – I should have mentioned it, but yes, the doors are on flapper slides, so they open and go into the cabinet completely leaving room for her to sit comfortably. With the doors open it doesn’t look nice because you can see the machines, lifts, cords, etc. I meant to include a picture with the doors open, but neglected to – I will correct that now. Thanks for the question.

-- RobertJ

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