*SOLD* Old Treadle Sewing Machine Computer Desks

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Project by Michael posted 06-13-2012 02:41 PM 89774 views 11 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I bought a few old treadle sewing machine tables at an antique store here in Germany. After cleaning up the rust that was on them, I made a tabletop and keyboard shelf for them.

One is Ovangkol and the other is Black Walnut. Both are finished with teak oil. The tabletops are approximately 100×65 cm.

(The foot pedal and wheel work well on both tables.)

I have one more treadle table base that I haven’t used yet. I want to do something different with it, but I haven’t figured out yet what that is.

The treadle tables had varying amounts of rust on them when I bought them. I used a product called Rost Umwandler (Rust Converter). I had never used it before and had little faith in it. I was told that it would turn the rust back into metal. Amazingly, it did just that! And, fast! It returned the tables to their original finish without scrubbing, or painting. I was truly amazed, and pleasantly surprised.

-- ~Michael,

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#1 posted 06-13-2012 03:08 PM

Those are fantastic. I think those old machines are so cool and to make a desk out of it is an awesome idea. You did a wonderful job on it.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#2 posted 06-13-2012 03:14 PM

Very cool. This is great inspiration—my wife is wanting a small desk for her computer and to pay bills, and something like this would be perfect.

-- - In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is.

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#3 posted 06-13-2012 03:24 PM

Maybe make a treadle lathe to make pens with.
Nice work Elwood.

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#4 posted 06-13-2012 03:27 PM

There is a place in Indian Head Sask.Canada that has all tables like this in their bistro ! It is a converted grain elevator into artwork,crafts and antiques .
I keep buying them legs and never had time to use them…...YET….yours inspire me again. Thanks

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#5 posted 06-13-2012 05:18 PM

Very nice transformation and result !


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#6 posted 06-13-2012 05:31 PM

Very cool! Wish I had one! You could make a treadle lathe out of the third one!
Thanks for sharing.
Well done.

-- Central Ohio, Still got 9 and 15/16 fingers!

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#7 posted 06-13-2012 05:40 PM

Nice save. Beautiful restoration. Wood looks like new.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#8 posted 06-13-2012 06:10 PM

Very nice looking computer tables, and good reuse of the legs. Did you also refinish the metal legs? Wood work looks very nice.
As for the third, use the treadle in the manner it was originally designed, put a small DC generator on the table with treadle drive, and you have a self contained power source.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#9 posted 06-13-2012 07:19 PM

Great job. I love that idea of making computer tables out of them. Very nicely done.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#10 posted 06-13-2012 07:32 PM

My Wife would string you up and hang you for doing that to old sewing machines LOL….But we’ll just say that they have a new purpose, LOL… GJ

-- Ken, USAF MSgt, Ret.

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#11 posted 06-13-2012 11:05 PM

They look great! There’s nothing better than giving new life to an old and tired piece.

-- list your handcrafted treasures @ for free!

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#12 posted 06-14-2012 12:21 AM

I have done three, two of which are 30 feet from me right now. The keyboard tray is a nice touch- when I made tops for them, we did not yet have a computer!

As a variation, you can add back some of the drawers, if you kept them. They make a nice end table, the drawers give you a place for the TV remotes to hide in.

-- Dan V. in Indy

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#13 posted 06-14-2012 01:32 AM

Love this – and I have something similar with a smaller top that I had used as a laptop table until we built the double computer desk. Mine has the original drawer built back into the new top but I like the idea of the keyboard pull-out.

-- Happiness does not come from doing easy work but from the afterglow of satisfaction that comes after the achievement of a difficult task that demanded our best. --Theodore I. Rubin

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#14 posted 06-14-2012 01:23 PM

I put a drop leaf top on one. It sits in a bay window in our breakfast nook and we raise the leaves when have extra dining guests. The weight of those treadles make a very sturdy base.

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#15 posted 06-14-2012 05:01 PM

elwood, This exact project is tops on my to do list. what are the dimensions of your top?

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