Sewing table

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Project by bpick posted 07-28-2016 01:42 AM 6374 views 11 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife asked that I make her a sewing table for her birthday and I finally finished it even though it was a little over one year late. I decided to make it using hand tools only. This was my second project where I used only hand tools, the first was a small table that I made in a hand tool woodworking class. There was a lot to learn while building this and the mortise and tenons on the right side of the table are much better than the ones on the left. It’s fun to see how much you can learn on even one project.

During this build I found that I really enjoy using hand tools and am pretty certain that I will start to make this a main focus of mine in the future.

The table is made of alder and I finished it with a golden oak stain and shellac. I decided to use alder because I wanted a fairly easy wood to work with. I also knew that since this was my first main project there would be a lot of trial and error and did not want to experiment and have a lot of waste on expensive wood.

Thank you for looking.


-- bpick - Colorado

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#1 posted 07-28-2016 02:08 AM

That is a great project. What’s more amazing is that it was done with only hand tools. Good job.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#2 posted 07-28-2016 11:07 AM

Very well done..

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#3 posted 07-28-2016 01:38 PM

This looks great. No easy project. Good work!

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#4 posted 07-28-2016 01:46 PM

Excellent work!! I hope your wife knows how much you love her!! Wow, this is totally on my favorites list for something to make for my wife. All aspects look very well done. The thread storage pull-out is great. Thanks for sharing. Alder is fun to work with, it can mimic cherry pretty easily if you stain it right. The only thing I don’t like is it seems like it irritates my lungs more than some woods.

-- Pete

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#5 posted 07-28-2016 03:05 PM

Great job on this project! If you had used power tools to make it, I would still consider it a hit—the fact that you used all hand tools, is impressive to me. I still struggle (often not successfully) to get stock square and flat with a hand plane!

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#6 posted 07-28-2016 03:18 PM

The pull out is very clever. Congratulations.

-- Diogo

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#7 posted 07-28-2016 03:19 PM

great sewing table and excellent workmanship by hand love the pullout …........GREAT JOB


-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#8 posted 07-28-2016 03:24 PM

great hand job.

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#9 posted 07-28-2016 05:02 PM

WOW – That is good design and craftsmanship.

-- derek / oregon

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#10 posted 07-28-2016 05:43 PM

Really cool sewing table, great job!

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#11 posted 07-28-2016 07:57 PM

Excellent. A lot of thought went into that design, which is readily apparent in the final pictures. Way to go!

-- Henry Mowry, Santa Clarita, CA,

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#12 posted 07-28-2016 08:24 PM

Very nicely done! Looks like a professionally made custom sewing desk!

-- Adam,

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#13 posted 07-28-2016 08:44 PM

This is a beautiful sewing cabinet and a wonderful design. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#14 posted 07-28-2016 09:58 PM


Thank you for being the first to post on my first submission.

-- bpick - Colorado

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#15 posted 07-28-2016 10:07 PM

Since I am new to this, I do not know how to thank everyone individually, but I appreciate all of the comments on my project. I look forward to exploring the work that you have all created. And, if anyone can tell me how to respond individually, please let me know.

bpick – Colorado

-- bpick - Colorado

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