Folding Sewing Table

Submitted by Ana White on Mon, 12/28/2020 - 11:34
Difficulty
Beginner
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Build your own folding sewing table from one sheet of plywood!  This is a free woodworking plan by Ana-White.com to help you create a dedicated sewing space, in just a few square feet!  Folds out to 32" x 55", and folds down to roll through doorways and tuck away as an end table.

folding sewing table

Photo by LEXAROO

Folding Sewing Table Plan Features

Build your own folding sewing table from one sheet of plywood using our free step by step plans.  This folding sewing table features:

  • Storage for a sewing machine and sewing basket
  • Fold out wings to increase sewing and cutting space
  • Wheels for easy moving between rooms
  • Narrow profile rolls through doorways

Expandable Simple Sewing Table

Dimensions
folding sewing table dimensions
Table Height, expands out to 32" x 55"

Preparation

Shopping List

1 – Sheet of 3/4" thick sanded plywood or hardwood plywood

2 – 1x3 @ 8 feet long

4 – 2″ Caster Wheels (Overall clearance of 2 1/2″) and screws for attaching caster wheels to the base (3/4" length most likely with a larger head)

5 – Sets of simple hinges (2-1/2" to 3" length) - ten total hinges

2" self tapping wood screws (spax or similar, can use trim screws)

Cut List
  • 2 - 3/4" plywood @ 32" x 20"
  • 2 - 3/4" plywood @ 32" x 26-3/4"
  • 1 - 3/4" plywood @ 32" x 15-1/2"
  • 2 - 3/4" plywood @ 32" x 12"
  • 4 – 1x3s @ 29 1/4″ (Legs – Measure these!)
Tools
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Pencil
Safety Glasses
Drill
Circular Saw
Power Sander
Drill Bit Set

Instructions

Step 1

Lay the plywood out on top of scrap 1x boards or styrofoam.

Mark the plywood every 32" width wise with pencil lines. Set circular saw to depth slightly greater than thickness of plywood.

Cut on the pencil lines to create three equal sized pieces, each 32" x 48".

From the 32" wide pieces, cut down as shown in the diagram and cut list.

Step 2

Assemble the main box as shown in the diagram, using the 2" screws.

Step 3

Attach wheels to base of the cabinet with the caster wheel screws.

Step 4

Position the cabinet face down on the floor and place the leaves next to the cabinet.  Attach on underside with the simple hinges.

Step 5

Measure the overall distance from the underside of the cabinet to the wheel bottom and cut the 1x3s to this length.

Attach legs to hinges and to the underside of the leaves.  You can also use a fold out hinge for added security.

Step 6

Flip the table over and test the leg lengths.  Cut down if necessary.

You want the legs to open slightly past 90 degrees in opposite angles, so the legs are slightly splayed out, to keep the project from collapsing.

You can also use table leg hinges.

Comments

Shauna (not verified)

Thu, 10/21/2010 - 03:33

Ana - I adored your site before but this plan has taken my adoration to a whole new level. My house is so small I was afraid I was going to have to give up my love of sewing since I hate having to clear my machine off the table for every meal in the middle of a project. Thanks so much for drawing up this plan and thanks so much to Kelly for suggesting it! I can't wait until our fence is done so my man and I can start in on these plans.

Nora (not verified)

Thu, 10/21/2010 - 03:39

One word: "AWSOME"!!!!!!!! thank you Ana you are saving my sanity!!!! I have two seamstress in the house, the sewing table looks like a dualing piano bar... now they can each have their own table!

Anna (not verified)

Thu, 10/21/2010 - 03:50

You have no idea how much I love you right now! I have DYING for a sewing table!! Thank you SO MUCH Ana!!

aSprinkling (not verified)

Thu, 10/21/2010 - 03:54

I looked for one of these a while back and just choked at the prices! So I ended up with a folding table instead...but this would be great! I just might have to make one...as soon as I find the room to store it. :) Yes, my room is that full.

Rachelle (not verified)

Thu, 10/21/2010 - 04:00

I love this! My sewing takes up the entire kitchen island which is really difficult when dinner time rolls around as the stove is also located on the island. I don't have room downstairs, but it would fit in my bedroom. I love how it is so compact for when not in use. Although, if I don't have to put things away to use the space for something else I probably won't... then again I can work on a project if I only have a few minutes. Thank you so much!!

Maggie (not verified)

Thu, 10/21/2010 - 04:06

I am so excited to have this plan, there aren't accurate enough words to describe it.

I've been in LOVE with dropleaf tables for... probably around a year now, and I'd much rather build one than buy one.

Thanks for the wonderful plans!

Bcubed (not verified)

Thu, 10/21/2010 - 04:07

Very cute and useful. My sewing machine is in its own old cabinet, but its builky, takes up room, has no extra storage and doesnt open up near as wide as this one. I cannot make that right now, too many other things to do, but it definately will be on my "TO DO" list. Great design Ana!! Thanks!!

Sandra (not verified)

Thu, 10/21/2010 - 04:08

This is great! I've been cutting out costumes this week on the floor and thinking my old knees and back need a cutting table. I love that I can drop the sides. This is perfect. THANKS!

Norma (not verified)

Thu, 10/21/2010 - 04:27

Oh Ana I love you!! and I know there are going to hundreds of other ladies who are going to love you too! I actually had been thinking about blogging about you over on my Quilty Giveaways site http://quiltygiveaways.blogspot.com because your various plans are perfect for sewing/craft rooms. With your permission I'd like to do a post just about your site. I'd like to borrow 2 or 3 pictures form your site if that's ok too (the pictures themselves will link back to you). Let me know so I can get this post written up ASAP

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