Custom DIY Sewing/Cutting Table

2.03.2014



Alrighty, so I offered a little bit more info for my new sewing/cutting table at the end of last year. Today I'll share how we put together the table.  Maybe it'll work for you too!


I sketched out designs, scoured Pinterest for inspiration, and looked around my house to see what I could do for a new cutting table/sewing table.  It was not easy! I already have a cabinet that holds most of my fabric and a desk for my computer, but this new table is in such a great addition.

The height of this table is really easy to customize!  I goofed around and searched out different options for height.  I ended up settling on my perfect middle, between counter height and desk height, about 34" tall.  I'm about 5'8" and am quite comfortable both cutting and sewing at this table.

Materials:
  • 1 Ikea Expedit shelving unit
  • 42" wide by 62" long oak veneer 3/4" plywood
  • (1/4" x 3/4") Oak Screen Moulding - [3] 8' 0'' Long (for finishing edge of plywood) 
  • [1] 10' 2x4
  • [3] 8' 2x2's
  • [10] 4'' lag screws (for attaching 'legs' to Expedit and table top)
  • [25] 3'' deck screws (for making the 'legs')
  • pickling stain
  • water based poly
Nail gun, cordless drill, and someone that knows about woodworking are invaluable.



I believe the pictures show it pretty well how the desk goes together.  The 2x2's are made into 2 rectangular frames and attached to the table top and back of the Expedit cabinet.  There are [3] pieces of 2x4 that go under the Expedit (to add extra height), the other 2x4 goes under the open side of the desk, it attaches to the 2x2 frames and stabilizes the front edge of the desk. Hopefully this sketch will help a little, too:

  • 2x2 [cut 4] 20.5''
  • 2x2 [cut 4] 32.5'' (these are the vertical pieces, if you'd like to adjust the height, make longer or shorter)
  • 2x4 [cut 3] 15'' (these pieces get attached under the Expedit to raise it's overall height)
  • 2x4 [cut 1] 55.75''



We pickled the top of the desk (oak veneer), it's such a great look without spending gobs more money on a more expensive veneer or other solid surface countertop.  Keeps everything bright and happy.


Everything is held together with the lag screws.  And it's very sturdy.  Don't need a wobbly desk! Anyway, if there's something that I forgot, please ask away!

23 comments :

  1. Great idea! Does the height of the table work for you when you're cutting? I need to make a cutting table and wonder what the right height is. Thanks!

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    1. Yes, I've been using it for 3 months now and I do love it. I think you might want to try measuring a few table heights to get a good feel for what might work for you. That's what I did and it's worked well so far. :)

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  2. I'm planning on moving to a new apartment this year, one in which I can have more space for sewing and hopefully, a sewing table! Hanging onto this tutorial!

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  3. I love this. We just moved and I lost my sewing room...this would be perfect for my sewing area!

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  4. Forwarding this to my carpenter husband right now... Yes! Thanks for the great idea. I love the extra height for cutting.

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    1. oh awesome, hope he approves. :)

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  5. That's a great idea. But, please tell me you don't sit on that hard metal stool to sew.

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    1. ha! I do. It's a great lightweight stool. And the seat is actually wood. I find that a stool gives the opportunity to keep a good posture. To each (his) her own! :)

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  6. Love the idea of combining a sewing desk and cutting table in one. Who has room for two big tables in their creative space? My husband has promised me a custom sewing table as a birthday present so working on a design. Thanks for sharing your details.

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  7. Sewing table are more useful for study purpose. I like this idea of cutting table. I think this is perfect height of this table . We can use these type of tables as a office tables also. I like your sketch.

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  8. Awesome job Anna! When it comes to sewing cabinetry and tables sometimes the only way to get what we need is to make it ourselves. Sewist are surely a self reliant bunch ; )

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  9. This is such a great piece!!! Thanks for sharing the instructions. It seems totally do-able....for my husband. Heehee.

    Your sewing room looks AMAZING!

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  10. Looks great - can I ask what "pickling" is? Two nations separated by a common language!!

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    1. http://www.homedepot.com/p/Minwax-1-qt-White-Wash-Pickling-Water-Based-Stain-61860/100376216

      it's basically a white wash, you can still see the wood grain through it

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  11. GREAT sewing table! One question I have is that you obviously turned your shelf on it's side but where did the drawers come from? I looked over at the Ikea link you offered but didn't see a drawer option. Would love this in my sewing area.

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    1. Thanks! They're a drawer insert: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/60198215/#/90204936

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  12. This super cool! Definitely pinning it!

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  13. Just wondering if you painted the 2x4's white or used the pickling stain on all the wood? LOVE this table!

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    1. The legs of the table are all painted white, just the table top is pickeled. :)

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  14. I love this idea and wonder if a "gate leg" hack would work with a hinged top? You've definitely got all of our creative juices flowing...Thanks for the post!

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  15. Very nice table. Can you tell me about the sewing macine sitting on your table?

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