Table for Sewing

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Project by Mosquito posted 10-23-2012 11:18 PM 1937 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a table for sewing that my girlfriend wanted me to make for her. I saw “table for sewing” because when I think of “sewing table” I think of a table with a recess for the sewing machine to sit in so the table top and sewing machine sewing top are flush. But that’s not what she wanted, so this is merely a table for sewing on.

It is all poplar, and primarily hand tool work.
There are only 3 things hand tools weren’t used for:
Cross cutting the table top to length (circular saw)
Putting the bull nose on the top edges (Router table)
Chamfer on the 4 corners of the legs (Router table)

I guess I never got a picture of it yet, but there is a cross support in the middle because she was worried about the sewing machine being too heavy (I just made her happy by saying I’d put a support in there) which sits in dados in the two long rails. And I used table leg braces/corner braces that I got from Rockler to hold the legs on. They’re also sliding mortise and tenon joints so the legs can be removed, but still offer decent strength beyond just a bolt. Table top fasteners to hold the top to the apron.

It is 29.5” tall, 22” wide, and 46” long.
Finish is 3 coats of General Finishes Arm-R-Seal semi gloss, with #0000 steel wool between coats, and after the last one. I was strictly told to “NOT make it shiny”. Overall I’m pretty happy with it. A few things I would change if it were mine, but hopefully she’ll be happy with it as she starts to use it.

Some more in progress pictures:

Thanks for checking it out!

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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#1 posted 10-23-2012 11:24 PM

I’m sure she’ll love it Mos, but just in case she doesn’t you can always drill some dog holes in that top if you catch my drift.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#2 posted 10-23-2012 11:30 PM

Nicely executed. Looks good.

-- "It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so." - Mark Twain

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#3 posted 10-23-2012 11:38 PM

Nice table there Chris.The beading really does it for me.

-- I don't drive a Prius.

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#4 posted 10-23-2012 11:56 PM

Well done, looks solid and should be a good user for a long time.

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#5 posted 10-24-2012 02:54 AM

Looking great! That explains the brackets, its made to be broken down. Good thinking. I said it on the handplane thread but the beads you made with the #45 look great. Nice Work! Big points with the girlfriend!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#6 posted 10-24-2012 03:15 AM

Heirloom quality Mos, very nice.

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#7 posted 10-24-2012 04:45 AM

Most excellent Chris. I really admire your ability to adapt and turn out such quality work under what many would consider less than ideal working conditions. It’s a testament to your abilities for sure.

-- ~Tony

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#8 posted 10-24-2012 04:46 AM

Your in-process pics are inspirational. Very nice post, Chris. Congrats on a great build!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

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#9 posted 10-24-2012 02:13 PM

Thanks everyone. I’m glad to see ti finished finally. It’s been taking up a lot of room in my spare bedroom, erm I mean “shop” so now I have room do do other things (with out using the unfinished table as a table… there’s a few dings in it, “character”)

Andy, that’s what the 12/4 piece of Red Oak is for… but I have been wanting to build a table for my kitchen… lol

Mauricio, yeah it’s meant to be broken down. I figured it wasn’t that much added effort to make the legs removable, and it would make it a lot easier to move. Plus, I’d have to lay it down on its side with 2 legs having their own weight on the joints in order to move it. It’s about 1” too tall to fit standing in the back of my car (I tried)

Tony, thanks. This is something I really enjoy, so I’m willing to put up with less than perfect conditions to do what I enjoy. Can’t wait until I have a dedicated shop where I don’t have to be mindful of carpet, or neighbors, to an extent.

The beading was mostly her idea. She wanted “something” so I grabbed a test board that I had used the #45 on before, and she liked it, so we went with it. I’m pleased with how that turned out as well. Being all the same wood, I think it helps to break it up a little.

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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#10 posted 10-24-2012 03:57 PM

Beautiful work, man. And thanks for the sequence of photos. That’s a great accomplishment.

-- Mike from Lansdowne, PA

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