Oct 8, 2010

Sewing Extension Table

I have been perusing the world wide web in search of a large yet affordable extension table for my sewing machine. And by affordable, I mean, no amount of money that m husband would notice missing from the checking such luck. ;)

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!


Leslie said...

wow, i bet that is going to make things easier for you

Unknown said...

Yes it does! Great idea! I have a plexiglass one that my cousin made for my grandma when she was using the machine I have. It's totally handy for quilting and bigger projects!

Sara @ Sew Sweetness said...

Wow what a great idea! Thanks for sharing!!

Catherine said...

You've done a wonderful job of making your own!
This will make sewing a lot more enjoyable I'm sure!

Anonymous said...

Hey - this reminds me that I have one that came with my machine. Now...I wonder where I stashed it. :) I love your creation!

Kristen said...

Great idea! An extension table will make projects much easier for you! I like mine because it makes the bigger sewing projects slid instead of pulling on the needle.

carol said...

This is great. I got a sewing table as a hand me down, except their is a pices missing. I', tall and the missing piece makes me hunch over to sew. I need to make a new piece, I could so do what you did.

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Sarcastic Quilter said...

wow. good job! I would somehow mess up the measurements, try making it 3 times, quit and buy one anyway. lol

Abigail Prescott said...

What a great idea! I've NOT been on the prowl for one of these but can totally see the practicality of having it. I might have make one for myself (if my hubby ever lets me work in the garage again...). Love it. Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

What a good job! Recently had a kitchen counter replaced. I used the waste sink cut out for the same purpose. Cut it to size and used square wood cuts which I glued to the underside. Used an emery board to carefully sand the formica edge to smooth finish.

Angie said...

I love it! I wanted to get one of these one time and priced it! WOW! It was going to be over $80. I only paid $30 for my machine (got it from a cousin). :0) I wasn't about to order it. So, I am thinking I would LOVE one of these! Very nice!



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