So my wife says…”Honey…can you make me a sewing table, and I want it to be tall?”
Not hesitating, I said back to her….”Sure, yeah I can do that.” Once again engaging my mouth before my brain 🙂 My wife didn’t really have a good sewing station, so in my infinite wisdom I suggested to her that maybe I can make something tall since we were in the middle of remodling her crafts room anyway. Sometimes I wonder why I open my big mouth…lol. We live in a bi-level home and the windows in her crafts room are placed up high. It gave me an idea to build a high sitting sewing table for her. I could build something that would come up right underneath that window. She liked the idea of sitting high on a comfortable bar stool, or even just stand and sew. Now, since I sewed the tall table idea into her mind there was no getting out of this one. I had to come up with a plan to make her a sewing/crafts station.
Why I Made This Sewing/Crafts Table
Why did I make this multi-use custom designed table? Well, I couldn’t find anything anywhere to buy that would meet my wife’s needs when it came to an all in one counter-top height hobby station. Where she could sew, scrap book, paint and store her craft supplies, and not leave the area. This table allows my wife to accomplish all her projects at a Four-In-One location all the while sitting in a comfortable bar stool, or just standing. She just wanted to see out the window and sew. She also wanted a big enough surface area to allow her to do her scrap booking hobby. She can paint her crafts on this surface as well, so I will be getting a piece of clear Plexiglas to fit on the upper shelf. Simply removing the sewing machine from the upper shelf allows her plenty of room for this work. She can also store her sewing and crafts supplies in six easy slide-out containers that fit snuggly within cubes underneath. So, by custom making this table it made her swoon with delight. She is very happy with the finished product which in turn makes me very happy as well. I made this table in one day for under $100. In fact, the optional bar stool costs more than the table itself. You don’t need any special wood furniture making skills, just a desire to make it. Frankly, I don’t think there is anything out there quite like what I made here that is counter-top height. The dimensions are my own, but you can adjust those dimensions to suit your own construction needs.
Where do I begin with a design I asked myself? I had to go somewhere to come up with an idea for a construction plan. Then bingo, that somewhere to inspire me was nearby. The Home Depot wood department was the answer for me. When I see and smell all that wood laying there in its raw form ready to be shaped into something, my senses become heightened. My creativeness goes into turbo boost mode. I know it’s weird, right? You have to find what works for you to inspire your creativeness. After roaming the aisles a little while, it hit me. I located a stack of 4 foot long by 18 inch wide pine boards. Being 18” wide I knew this would be plenty wide enough for my wife’s sewing machine and work area. These four feet long pine wood boards would be my main foundation boards, and perfect counter-top height. I snagged four of those. Two of them would be my side pieces, and the other two boards would be used for the upper shelf and lower shelf (bonus-they were already cut to the size I needed). Now, I needed a couple of boards for the middle section, and to create six cubes to hold her craft containers. I located two 6 feet long by 11” wide pine boards…perfect! That’s all I needed for now. I already had the hand tools, and self-driving wide thread wood screws at home.
NOTE: You will need a fairly large work space. For me, I just laid out an old large blanket on the floor in the room where my creation would be utilized, and gathered my tools. In this case, I only needed a good power drill, a large drill bit to accommodate a countersinking screw, a pack of self-driving wide thread wood screws, a cross point (Philips bit), to drive in the screws, a portable skill saw, a small metal square, a 36” wood yard stick, pine colored wood putty, sand paper, and a pencil.
Safety First and Start Construction
For the following steps you can refer to the drawing I created showing the sequence I used to create the sewing/crafts table.
1st Step – Before you actually start attaching the boards, I always stress taking your time and think SAFETY first! For me, it’s exciting to start building, so it’s easy to forget the “BE SAFE FIRST” rule. So, take your time and measure twice and cut once. Even with taking my time I was able to construct and sand the final piece in one day. I took two foundation boards and leaned them against each other perpendicular in a horizontal position on the blanket (see illustration). I measured six inches down from the end of the side board. This is where I would place the upper shelf board. When I screwed in those two boards, I moved to the other side and attached another side board the same way. Then I measured six inches from the bottom of the first side board, and attached the bottom shelf board the same way as I did with the upper shelf board. Then I moved to the other side and repeated what I just did. Now I had the major part of the frame made. That went pretty fast.
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2nd Step – It was time to create the middle section.
Sometimes keeping things simple gives the best look, and feel of what you are trying to accomplish.
Measuring out and cutting the two six foot boards to insert, and create six cubes to hold the craft containers was all that was needed.
You can do this in no particular order.
Just measure and cut two longer pieces for the side supports, and four smaller pieces for the shelves.
Now, you can drill the holes and screw the six middle section boards into place.
I was already almost done. At first, I didn’t think I was going to make this thing in a day. I’m just an old dude with average wood working skills. So, if I can do this, anyone can do it.
Yes indeed…it’s that EASY!
Keep going…don’t stop just yet.
Just A Couple More Boards
3rd Step – To add stability, and give a nice finished look, I decided to add a bottom kick board and top back board for the upper shelf. That meant hopping back in the car and going back to Home Depot. In a matter of minutes I bought two 6 feet long by 6” wide pine boards, and I was on my way back home. I just had to cut them to the width of the table, and secure them in place at the top, bottom of the newly constructed sewing/crafts table.
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Ready For Use
4th Step – For the finishing touches, you can either hand sand or power sand the edges and corners. You can also put wood putty on top of the countersinking screw heads (optional), and sand the putty smooth after it dries. Then I just flipped the whole unit up to its standing position, and slid it under the window. Like I mentioned earlier, I will be adding a Plexiglas top for the upper shelf, but this also optional. I decided not to stain and varnish this furniture. My wife and I prefer the natural look of the wood, and it just makes this piece more crafts appealing to us.
NOTE: If you are going to place the sewing/crafts table on a hard floor so it can slide, I suggest attaching self-sticking felt pads on the bottom of the side boards. If you place it on carpet or on a rug it will have to be lifted to move in place. In this case, two people can do the job safely using proper lifting practices, so you will not sustain back injury. Now, go forth and create!