Folding Sewing Table

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

jphiggins2

Fri, 04/29/2011 - 01:16

This is great! I think I will try making one of these to use for a folding table in my TINY laundry room (located inside my bathroom... yeah tiny)

Debbie (not verified)

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 16:59

Oh my gosh, I have to make this for myself. I think I can do this even though I have never picked up a tool in my life. It will be great in my small home.

Alana Harris (not verified)

Mon, 07/11/2011 - 12:26

I love this design. I visited Hobby Lobby with my girls this morning and came home wanting to sew for them. Just have to figure out where to do that in our new house. First, though... priorities say that I should go downstairs and start sanding on the Mom's Lego Table that we are building for my son! This is on the "To Do" list.

seasons

Fri, 07/29/2011 - 10:40

Wandering if this would be easy enough to do for a first time project or is there something else I should start on?? I need a storage area... I don't truly need the extended out table but is pretty neat idea. We don't have enough storage even though we have a nice sized house. So my sewing machine is on the floor in the dining room. That or it gets stuck back in a closet that I can't reach it with the kids craft stuff. This is an awesome idea. We do have 2 other machines antique also on the floor but under a table out of the way of kids to fall over or hurt. They are from my dh's family and not sure what to do with them either...

Guest (not verified)

Sun, 11/27/2011 - 05:40

This is exactly what I am looking for. Well described and illustrated. Am printing a copy to put in my husband's job jar.
Thanks

Angel Rose

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 07:37

Is there anything put in place to keep the legs folded in when it is collapsed? If not, how can we solve this problem?

Amblytoo (not verified)

Sun, 06/03/2012 - 11:45

I bought MDF to build this cart out of, made my cuts, then tried drilling my practice holes into the side of the mdf and I could not drill the hole without making the MDF start to split. I tried drilling more slowly and with smaller drill bits to gradually make the hole larger, but I still had the same issue with the MDF splitting. Did anyone else have this issue or have any suggestions?

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