A Sewing Table for Small Spaces

Submitted by Ana White on Wed, 10/20/2010 - 20:38
Difficulty
Beginner
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The perfect spot for a part time sewing enthusiast! Tucks neatly way, expands out to be a cutting or layout mat. Please note that this table is not intended for use with the sewing machine unless locking hardware is installed on the fold out legs and tabletop.

If your sewing takes over your dining table at least half the time, make sure you thank Kelly on our Community for recommending an expandable sewing table.

Expandable Simple Sewing Table

I love this idea because there is a tidy spot to hold your sewing machine, a shelf for baskets and other sewing things that you need to keep handy, tons of tabletop space, but it all folds up into a neat little package that you can roll into a closet.

Dimensions
Expands. Table height. Collapsed dimensions shown above.

Preparation

Shopping List

1 – Sheet of Plywood or MDF
2 – 1x2s or 1x3s
4 – 2″ Caster Wheels (Overall clearance of 2 1/2″)
5 – Sets of hinges
2 1/2″ Screws

Common Materials
120 grit sandpaper
primer
wood conditioner
paint
paint brush
Cut List

1 – 1×32 @ 15 1/2″ (Top)
2 – 1×32 @ 26 3/4″ (Sides)
2 – 1×32 @ 12″ (Shelves)
2 – - 1×32″ @ 20″ (Leaves)
4 – 1x2s @ 29 1/4″ (Legs – Measure these!)

Tools
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Pencil
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Drill
Circular Saw
Power Sander
Drill Bit Set

Instructions

Step 1

If you can, take this diagram to Blue or Orange and have them make your cuts. If you are cutting this yourself, start by cutting the plywood into 31 7/8″ widths (shown above as 32″), 48″ long. Then from those three pieces, cut out the remaining pieces. Remember, always consider the width of your saw blade as you cut.

Step 2

Build the Box

Use 2 1/2″ screws and glue to build your box as shown above. Predrill and countersink your screws.

Step 3

Caster Wheels

Now this is important – your wheels need to have a total clearance of 2 1/2″. If you wheels do not have a total clearance of 2 1/2″, DO NOT cut the legs just yet. Instead, add the wheels, then take a measurement from the bottom of the wheels to the underside of the tabletop. This will be your new leg length.

Step 4

Leaves

Lay the whole thing on the ground, face down. Screw the leaves on with hinges as shown above.

Step 5

Step 6

Expanded size.

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Comments

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.