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Forum topic by jwmalone posted 07-12-2016 02:31 AM 794 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-12-2016 02:31 AM

Hey guys, I’m to meet with a lady in a week or two she wants me to build a sewing/cutting table. No idea about the size and dimensions, wood type stain paint nothing until I meet with her. Have worked for this lady before. Now to the point, all the tables I’ve ever made were shop tables very sturdy functional stuff, this will more likely need to be a little more elegant. Were not talking tiffany’s here but nice, so what I need is advice on some web sites or somewhere I can do a crash course in table design (structual). Basic design will be up to her just brush up common joints used basic technics any help would be greatly appreciated. Thinking maybe a Quaker style she has a good bit of that in her home, probably going to be drawers oh crap. This project I can post in my projects. (some I can not)

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#1 posted 07-12-2016 02:33 AM

My mom is a seamstress and all that matters for her in a cutting table is large and flat for her to lay out her material.

If I was to make one for my mom, I would seriously consider a torsion box to be able to make a large table that’s light weight.

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#2 posted 07-12-2016 02:41 AM

Sewing tables often have a lift mechansm for the sewing machine. With two height stops – one so the sewing base of the machine (where the fabric sits under the needle) is even with the table top, and one where the feet of the machine is even with the base of the machine. This second position allows for tubes to be sewn.

I think you can buy the lifts from Rockler or maybe Lee Valley. I know I’ve seen them someplace. Drawers for tools and sundries, maybe some fabric bolts or smaller pieces.

Or, if she wants a simple cutting/assembly table, a torsion box is a great idea.


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#3 posted 07-12-2016 01:53 PM

I built this sewing table for my wife several years ago and she loves it.

The plans, the lift and all the hardware are obtained from Rockler.

I used hardwood plywood banded with 2” of oak. The drawers are oak with ply sides.

I made a cutting table using Panolam, (which is a double sided laminate plywood product) and a simple frame with aprons, xbraces and legs.

You could also just make it from particle board and laminate, but I would double side it.
Don’t need a torsion box because flatness its not that critical.

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#4 posted 07-12-2016 01:59 PM


I Googled How to Build a Table and several links were returned that may be of some help. Tommy MacDonald has a set of videos discussing basic table construction, although your project may be more like a desk (if drawers are specified). Since I have not viewed these videos, I cannot say how helpful they may be. The videos are found at…

One thought, which could perhaps make meeting with the client a little more productive, would be to visit a fabric store and take a look at the fabric cutting tables they use. My thoughts for a sewing cutting table are that it offers a fairly long and wide top with softened edges and corners (to support and cut, and then slide large pieces of fabric without it snagging anywhere). Legs that are inset from the edges and ends of the top by about 4” or so) would keep toes from bumping against the legs when moving around the table. Measuring tapes incorporated along an edge and perhaps even along the end would be handy. Lastly, since it is a work table, the table height would be a comfortable height for working while standing, probably about 36” high.

A work table, I would think, could be a straightforward design consisting of four legs, an apron connecting the legs, and lower stretchers to steady the legs. The apron can be glued up to create drawer opening(s). The apron can also be milled with dados or dovetailed grooves to accept webbing for supporting drawers. My personal preference is mortise and tenon joinery for joining the legs to the apron and stretchers.

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#5 posted 07-12-2016 04:53 PM

Not sure how big you want. The one I built is supposed to have a drawer but I never got around to building it.

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