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Blog entry by robbi posted 01-18-2009 08:35 PM 829 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have decided to build myself a sewing table, I have made myself a few things, but mostly I make things for my kids or grandkids. I love to sew, I have been doing it a lot longer than woodworking, so I am better at it. It is interesting how the two things are similar in a lot of ways…anyway. I am a novice at woodworking, most everything I know is from trial and error. I’m sure the technique I use for most things in wrong, but I somehow get it done anyway. So, I thought I would actually post my progress on this. I think it is going to be a challenge and I thought it might be helpful to other beginners to show the obstacles that we run into with our limited knowledge. So, if you are really good at woodworking, you probably want to skip following this, it could be very boring. But if you are a beginner like me, it might be helpful. Wish me luck and here is a picture of the plans that I am using:

Sewing Center

-- Robin, California

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#1 posted 01-18-2009 08:54 PM


I think most of our fellows here would agree that as soon as you decide something is not worth paying attention to because we are “more advanced” is when we need to get out of woodworking. Can’t wait to see what you come up with and thanks for sharing.

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#2 posted 01-18-2009 09:05 PM

Ditto what Shannon said.

We all learn from each other. As a beginner, you have “new eyes” and see things from a completely different perspective. We all need that. Complacency and routine never help us learn.

Looking forward to watching and learning from your progress.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 01-18-2009 09:57 PM

I have to add another ditto. We can all teach and learn from each other. No one has a monopoly on woodworking skills and techniques. I think that nearly all of us are in agreement in that it is always interesting to see how a fellow woodworker approaches a build and how they resolve the issues that invariably come up. It would be nice if the project went according to plan but, as you well know, unforeseen events and challenges somehow make their way into the project.

I am looking forward to seeing this one blogged.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 01-18-2009 10:36 PM

YOU CAN DO IT! I made one for my wife and she loves it. I had been woodworking about 2 years when I built it. Biggest tip is, as with all projects, to keep everything square from the start and it will turn out beautiful.

-- Bill - If I knew GRANDKIDS were so much fun I would have had them first.

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#5 posted 01-19-2009 01:29 AM

it can and has been done. Beak it down to bite sized pieces.. step by step.. and it will be great

-- making sawdust....

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#6 posted 01-19-2009 03:20 AM

Wow, I find this very exciting robbi I am glad you are going to do this and that you are willing to share. This is definitely going on the watch list. I am sure you will do wonderful. All my life I have always wanted to learn to sew. I even went as far getting myself a sewing machine (just a little one) as I have this goal that I have always wanted to make just one quilt . Just one, of my life, adding the kids etc. Do you know that ,that sewing machine is still in the box, sitting right in front of me and has been for almost six months. Watching you make this sewing table may just help me in an ass backwards sort of way LOL!!!
I can’t wait to see your future posts!

-- Allison, Northeastern Ca. Remember, Amateurs built the Ark. Professionals built the Titanic!

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#7 posted 01-19-2009 03:53 AM

Thanks for the encouragement. I hope I can live up to all the expectations. I worked on it today, so I am now going to post #2.

-- Robin, California

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