|Project by Finn03||posted 03-30-2014 02:39 PM||1108 views||3 times favorited||3 comments|
My wife is a quilter and needed a decent workspace for her projects. I had looked at drop-down inset tables for awhile, and all were either expensive and cheaply built pressboard, or amish made and very expensive.
Not wanted to spend $600 on junk or $2500 on a quality table at the time, this was my alternative. I bought a solid old oak desk for cheap as the finish was old, stained, and top was dinged and not square.
I stripped the desk, cut and squared the top, and cut out an inset opening using a plunge saw and hand saws. Found a hydraulic sewing lift online (similar to Rockler’s, and the same lift in the expensive junk tables at sewing shop) and fitted to this desk. I the wrapped both the inset piece and the table top in walnut to fill the kerf and give some contrast.
New hardware and finish, and it works like a charm. The sewing machine has been upgraded since this photo, and what isn’t shown are the acrylic plates that fill the inset up to the machine base giving a flush / zero-clearance type top.
-- Shane - Dublin, OH