Introduction: Versitable for Sewing
I am a sewing machine store owner since 1981 so when I see sewing furniture that is built out of particle board, or takes 3 hours to assemble or costs $2000. I decided it was time to build my own sewing table. The problem is my wood shop is a covered patio that leaks. I have one wall on the west side that is my house. I have begged the big boys to build these for me. The only problem I have selling them is supplying them. I have begged and coddled cabinet makers and carpenters. Sadly independent carpenters are too independent to deliver them when they promised. THIS IS TOO GREAT AN IDEA TO NOT SHARE!!!!!!!!!!
Step 1: Pallet Prototype
Often I get requested for a sturdy table with ample work space that holds a sewing machine or serger flush with an ample work area. This can't cost three times the cost of the sewing machine and require an insert that costs another $100.
The shelf for the machine is fixed but can be adjusted to fit flush with a particular machine. The top will adjust to accommodate different sizes of machines including sergers.
The prototype was a rectangle frame with legs built out of an old pallet. The height of the 24" x 48" top is 30" off the floor. The top is "L" shaped and the cut out is saved to fill the hole when it is used as a desk.
Step 2: Additional Features
The shelf to support the machine is smaller than the opening so the cords can fit between the shelf and exit the bottom of the table. Sergers cut the edges off the fabric and this is the first table that allows you to move the machine support shelf back enough to permit the scraps to fall through the slot into a trash can below the table.
When sewing some machines require access to a lever to drop the feed dogs. The large opening and hinged top lets you reach this on any machine. You also can keep your accessory tray attached to the machine if you don't use an insert.
The legs are detachable and will store inside the frame if shipping is desired.
Step 3: Special Requests
At my customers request the extra cut out rectangle was requested to be attached to the front of the machine as a leaf to support large sewing projects.
I had several solutions for this request. One was to build a drawer that slid out and supported the front leaf.
The legs are a simple right angles with a nailed on glide. We have cut these off extra short for customers and have even cut one shorter than the others to fit in an RV that had a slide out.
Step 4: Leaf Storage
When the leaf is not being used and a sewing machine or serger is installed a small shelf is attached on the legs to store it.
The top is attached with hinges such that when butted to the wall it swings down and provides extra storage below.
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Tables and Desks Contest 2016
5 years ago
Neat! this is just what I was looking for.
Looking at your design, I'm wondering whether it would be possible to add a piece that hinges down from the shelf where the machine sits, that would allow one to mount the foot pedal so it could be operated with your knee. I feel like I have better control with a "knee" switch than a foot pedal.
6 years ago
looks brilliant, thank you for sharing. X
6 years ago
hi ! Love it
6 years ago
Very useful desk! I'm sure this principle could be applied to workshop benches for large tools like chopsaw, which tend to get in the way often!
Reply 6 years ago
Thank you for the comment. Yes you can use this idea on many tools where keeping the work level with the bench makes the job easier.