I googled some "homemade" versions and decided I could totally try this out. After all, what else do I have to do!?
I started with a scrap piece of ply wood I got for 24 cents at home depot a while back (I tend to pick these up randomly knowing I will eventually find a use for them).
I had a package of 12 inch dowels I had gotten for a boot drying rack and I only needed 2 for this project. I think they were 5 bucks for 12.
I already had some High Gloss white paint as well as some screws. I was all set.
So here is what I did.
First take all the measurements. Take your removable piece off you sewing machine and measure the length and width of the free arm. Mine was 3 1/4 by 7 inches. I cut a rectangle out of my wood exactly that size. Then I measured my height. I needed 3 5/8 all together, so minus the width of my ply wood (1/2 inch) I needed to cut my dowels to 3 1/4 high. I then predrilled holes into the dowels and the table, countersinking the table holes so my screws would be flush.
Here is what I ended up with:
Then I sanded all the edges. (Normally I would have used the router on this, but I think a fuse blew in the router and it won't turn on, so I may need to see about getting a new one, or getting it repaired.)
As you can see I even cut the outside corners at a 45 degree so it would be nice a smooth. You can never be too careful with kids in the house.
My over all dimensions landed me with a nice 18/24 inch extension table that will come in handy when quilting! I'm so excited!
I slapped a few coats of high gloss paint on it, and I may even try some high gloss poly spray later, but right now I can't wait, so I'm gonna start using it!!!
Here's the end result:
|Please ignore giant holes in drywall...I still can't get the shelves just where I want them... :)|
If you make one, comment a link so I can see it! I can't wait to see your stuff!
I'm linking up to amylouwho over at SewandTell Fridays, even though it's not a sewing project, it helps get those sewing projects done!