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Custom DIY Sewing/Cutting Table

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′ 2×4
  • [3] 8′ 2×2′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 2×2′s are made into 2 rectangular frames and attached to the table top and back of the Expedit cabinet.  There are [3] pieces of 2×4 that go under the Expedit (to add extra height), the other 2×4 goes under the open side of the desk, it attaches to the 2×2 frames and stabilizes the front edge of the desk. Hopefully this sketch will help a little, too:

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

24 Responses to Custom DIY Sewing/Cutting Table

  1. Ana @ Don't Fear the Ripper 02.03.2014 at 1:17 pm #

    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!

    • Anna 02.03.2014 at 10:53 pm #

      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. :)

  2. Madalynne 02.03.2014 at 1:36 pm #

    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!

  3. Samantha 02.03.2014 at 1:50 pm #

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

  4. Brienne Moody 02.03.2014 at 4:03 pm #

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

    • Anna 02.03.2014 at 10:56 pm #

      oh awesome, hope he approves. :)

  5. French 75 02.03.2014 at 7:44 pm #

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

    • Anna 02.03.2014 at 10:54 pm #

      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! :)

  6. entropyalwayswinsblog.com 02.04.2014 at 12:53 am #

    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.

  7. Steem Oberoy 02.04.2014 at 6:56 am #

    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.

  8. Joe Zuchowicz 02.04.2014 at 12:26 pm #

    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 ; )

  9. amandajean 02.04.2014 at 12:55 pm #

    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!

  10. Sewing Princess 02.04.2014 at 12:57 pm #

    How cool Anna! I love expedits!

  11. Sheila 02.04.2014 at 1:52 pm #

    Looks great – can I ask what “pickling” is? Two nations separated by a common language!!

  12. krazgrl 02.04.2014 at 3:53 pm #

    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.

  13. Delia 02.04.2014 at 11:39 pm #

    This super cool! Definitely pinning it!

  14. Lynn 02.05.2014 at 9:47 am #

    Just wondering if you painted the 2×4′s white or used the pickling stain on all the wood? LOVE this table!

    • Anna 02.10.2014 at 10:54 am #

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

  15. Alana 02.05.2014 at 4:32 pm #

    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!

  16. Alicia 03.08.2014 at 11:52 pm #

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

  17. Deb Barker 08.23.2014 at 11:06 pm #

    My husband and I used your instructions and built this sewing/cutting table for me last weekend. The instructions were easy to follow and the table was simple to build. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful idea! Your design is awesome. The table is fantastic — sturdy, attractive, and inexpensive.

    We did, however, make two additions to your design: 1) we attached a horizontal bar across the middle of each of the two large rectangles and 2) we used two small L-shaped metal plates to attach the tabletop to the 2X4. The table was very sturdy before these additions, however we anticipate moving it often, therefore we added the extra support just to be on the safe side.

    Again, thank you for this wonderful idea and tutorial.

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