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

Anne Marie (not verified)

Tue, 06/05/2012 - 20:48

Hello. I think mdf is horrible (great for a cheap budget) but horrible. Unfortunately I would recommend buying some good quality plywood. Stay clear of the ones under $15 and go for the real hardwood plywood. If you are already too far in with the mdf try using wood glue and see if that helps. Also stay clear of particleboard. Hope this helps!

Akiko (not verified)

Tue, 06/26/2012 - 15:53

This is JUST what I needed! My spare room is small, and I was wondering what I was going to do with my futon (it's less than a year old and still very useful) when I bought my new modern sectional. I have a sewing area in my spare room. This just solved my problem.. I can get rid of the bulky table, replace it with this and have plenty of room for the futon to go in there.

Thanks!

vegangel

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 06:47

This is an amazingly simple solution to my sewing table/storage needs. But I do want to use it for sewing as well.What should I use to lock the leaves and legs when they're folded out? Thanks!

happyvav (not verified)

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 12:25

Love your plans, Ana!

I was wondering if you would maybe consider putting plans together for a different type of sewing table - one that's more of a book shelf or cabinet. I live in a tiny place with packed closets - no way I could roll this anywhere! This craft armoire http://www.dwelement.com/blog.php?post=107 reminds me of your kenmore bookshelf with a bit of a modification... I didn't see anywhere on the site to request plans, so sorry if this is the wrong place.

mrs_gumby

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 07:39

This is my first project from here. I'm fairly inexperienced, but it seems to me that 2 1/2" screws for a project made from 3/4" plywood seems a bit excessive. I don't have one of those kreg jig things, so I'm doing this the regular way, with pilot holes & countersinking the tops. But what size of screws should I use? 1 1/4" 1 1/2" Even the kreg jig site seems to think that 2 1/2 seems long. I really want this first project to turn out well, so that my husband will believe I really can do this.

In reply to by mrs_gumby

mrs_gumby

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 15:50

. . . and nevermind. I talked to my Dad, with far more experience, and he said that if I'm not using additional little pieces of wood for support, and screwing from the top down into the plywood, that I'll need those extra inches to make sure it's got a good hold. And to use glue to when I'm putting these together. I made a few oopsies with assembly, coming from being a beginner. Things that I'm sure more experienced woodworkers take for granted as being standard operating procedure.

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