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

Jasoncwrd2002

Sun, 11/30/2014 - 21:12

So how did yall make the top level when the sides are up? I've got a little bump where they meet the center. 

ABramlett

Sat, 09/12/2015 - 08:18

Hey there,

I built this awhile ago and it was great at first, but with being moved around it has weakend the stability of the sides to the bottom (wobbles left and right very easily). 
 

do you have any suggestions on making this more secure or solid?

Sadie423

Sat, 11/23/2019 - 19:48

I'd like to make this and use the table to actually sew with my machine. Would somebody please send links to the type of locking mechanism hardware I should purchase to use with the drop leaves and the legs? Thanks in advance!

Wado Yonah

Sun, 05/10/2020 - 15:57

I am starting on this project today (Mother's Day) for my wife. She needs it to be taller so she can stand at it, So I am making it 36" h x 38" long. I am using larger wheels that lock and building a frame for it to set on. I will write it up in my brag space when it is completed.
I can't wait to see how it turns out.

Tammy Lynn

Sat, 11/07/2020 - 15:45

Usually I love the plans by Ana White! Detailed, specific, and easy to follow. I've made tv stands, a kitchen table, and shelving using Ana's plans.

For some reason, I had a very difficult time with this build. Specific points of contention:

-Step 2: build a box. Build a box? Please help beginners understand how to build a box. What tools do we need to ensure the sides are square? How do I screw a vertical screw in?

-please warn beginners of how easy it is to split plywood when screwing into it. When I built my box in step 2, I was screwing two pieces together and splitting the plywood shelf as the screw went between the layers of wood.

-hinges. Details, please! I bought a pack of hinges and found out that they wouldn't work because they didn't lay flat. The second set I bought had screws that were too long for the plywood. So I had to use teeny screws to get the hinges on so that they didn't come through the other side. What are other people doing here?!!?!

-installing the wheels. The wheels came with 1.5" screws, which were too long for the plywood. So I had to add a plywood 'shim' in order to install the wheels.

-adding shims to the wheels made the height of the unit taller. So my legs no longer were the right length.

-the legs. When folded the bottom leg (yes, I said leg. I can't put the other leg on until I go back to home depot AGAIN) dangles down because the hinge isn't strong enough to hold it tightly. What hinges are people using for this?

Hopefully I just experienced a one off and others are finding success with this plan. However, I'm a fairly experienced wood worker and the lack of detail really hindered me in being successful at this project.

lexaroo

Sat, 12/19/2020 - 09:15

I can totally see how you could run into these problems.

- Wood splitting-I used a Kreg Jig and the screws appropriate for that thickness so that the wood didn't split. https://learn.kregtool.com/learn/how-to-select-right-pocket-hole-screw/
https://youtu.be/mvO6zaIUO18
You could use self-drilling screws (Spax or GRK)
https://youtu.be/1GiYrFyNVUU
- Predrilling may also help

- For the hinges, I took the screws that came with the hinges to the hardware store (I like ACE it's easy to find hardware there) and bought screws that were slightly shorter than the width of my plywood.

- For the wheels, I did the same thing took the bolts that came with them so I had the right circumference and found slotted Cairrage bolt (You could use a stove bolt or a step bolt) https://youtu.be/arRd46h41e4
https://www.fastenersuperstore.com/fastener-guides/bolt-types
This lets you put a the rounded part on the inside of the box so the sewing machine doesn't catch it. Our bolts were a little long and caught on the wheels so we used a grinder to cut them down.

Hinges are just not strong enough for the use that our table would have needed so I bought some leg extenders on amazon and they worked a lot better. I ran into the same problem of the screws being too long and used the same screws I'd used on the hinges.

I made 3 trips to the hardware store during my build but it was worth it.