Folding Sewing Table

Submitted by Ana White on Mon, 12/28/2020 - 11:34
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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

Cheryl (not verified)

Sun, 01/02/2011 - 13:08

This is great! My parents are downsizing from a large house to a 2 bedroom apartment and I know my Mom would love this! I'm hoping to be able to make this for her as a surprise - for my Mom I'll even work in the freezing garage!

Janice (not verified)

Thu, 01/13/2011 - 13:42

Has anyone made one of these yet? I'd love to see a picture of it built. I am hoping to build this one soon!

Erin (not verified)

Sat, 01/15/2011 - 16:00

So I bought 1/2 inch plywood... is that going to work? Any tips?

Thanks!
Erin

Erin (not verified)

Wed, 01/26/2011 - 09:14

I made it. Unfortunately I made it with 1/2 inch plywood and I just don't think its sturdy enough. I'm going to make it again using at least 3/4 and I think I might use MDF instead as well. My plywood seemed to warp a little and its not holding very level. I didn't finish the wood but the cart is sitting in my garage and currently working quite nicely as a makeshift work table for other projects :) I'll see if I can post a picture.http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=907302386839&set=a.811041993439…

Tracy (not verified)

Thu, 02/17/2011 - 07:42

Just got back from Blue with the plywood cut and all the other pieces/supplies. I had bought a 2nd sewing machine a year or so ago to do a little side business that I ended up not doing. Inexpensive, nice little machine that I got around the holidays (so it was super cheap). Anyways, it's perfect for my budding-sewer! I have made my 3 girls' their Easter dresses every year since they were born (except for the one born ON Easter - but anyways!) ... I think this year I'll look for a simple sewing pattern and let my 10 yr old be a big part in the making of her dress... with her own machine on this really slick sewing table! Perfect!!!!

Danielle Perry (not verified)

Tue, 03/15/2011 - 22:26

I've been trying to figure out how to make our loft area into my sewing area and the playroom as we are adding another child to our family (adopting!).  This plan is so perfect as my table won't have to take up so much room.  Thank you!

Katie Lee (not verified)

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 01:12

Hi, can anyone explain/link to the 'locking mechanism' mentioned in the description?
Thanks!