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

aklenox (not verified)

Mon, 10/25/2010 - 12:58

Has anyone made this yet? I'm wondering about the 1x2 legs. I had a similar table and the vibration was horrible. I gave it away since the pressed wood pieces were falling apart. I would love to make this for my serger and sewing machine out of a more sturdy plywood, but I think I will try it with 2x2 for the legs or maybe work some other solution for a more steady table.

Ana White (not verified)

Mon, 10/25/2010 - 19:17

The 2x2 legs would be a great idea, just make sure you extend the top another 3/4" on both sides to give room for the 2x2 legs folded up. Any non fixed table will not be as good on vibrations as a fixed table. how about using this as your cutting/supplies table, and then keeping your sewing machine on a fixed table?

snuzal (not verified)

Wed, 10/27/2010 - 17:13

Another add on Ana - how thick should the MDF be? We have so many options here. I'm thinking around 5/8" but curious to what you think

Kirstin (not verified)

Sat, 10/30/2010 - 11:29

I can't seem to download these plans. When I download the pdf, all the pictures are cut off on the side. When I do the word doc, the pics don't show up. Is it my computer, or is there something wrong? Let me know, I want to build this ASAP! Thanks! :)

Jamalee (not verified)

Tue, 11/09/2010 - 12:34

I bought a table similar to this at hl about 9 years ago, only it came with 4 wood folding chairs that rest inside. Could probably be made to do that if you measure your folding chairs and leave a little room to slide in and out. Also, the side supports were rectangle frames attached by hinges at 90 degrees to the body frame, and adjustable feet. But the top was rounded, so that might be why that was done. Can't wait to try this for my sewing machine!

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