Embroidery tables

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Project by WhoMe posted 11-17-2012 06:46 AM 3271 views 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife wanted A(as in ONE) basic sewing/embroidery table. She said, nothing fancy but a basic table where she could do sewing and embroidery. Her old table was a fold up table from camping and it moved around like crazy when using her embroidery machine.
SO, I looked around at many of the manufactured designs and their overinflated prices and though, this will be easy to make one. And it will be much more stable. Off to the big orange box store to pick up materials. A 4×8 sheet of melamine coated particle board here, 4×4 douglas fir posts there, and some clear pine.

The design is a 24” x 72” table with pine edging. the outer perimeter of the melamine par is double thickness for stability and the mounting of the1 1/2” wide pine banding. The stretchers under the table are 1×6’s on all sides with clearance cutouts for legs and knees on the long sides. The legs are 4×4 Doug fir posts and the stretchers are mortised into the legs and held together with bed bolts on the long sides. I had to make the table in sub assemblies as it was too larger to fit thorough the house as one piece.
The top is attached to the legs via pocket screws.
When I was almost finished with the first table, the wife says “Hey, it would be really nice to have a smaller table for my computer, printer and all my supplies to fit under. So, I started making the second table. It is of the same design but 24” x 48” and I made it so it clamps to the main table via clasps under the table so they act as one.
THEN, as I was putting finish on the pine pieces of the second table, the wife said, “Hey, it would be really neat if you could make a third smaller table behind me so that I can put more supplies on it. SO, I made the third table at 18” x 24” and that one clamps to the mid size table. SO now she has all three table surrounding her. They are REALLY stable and don’t move at all when the embroidery machine is going full bore. She also likes all the available workspace for everything.
After they were all in, I added the hook on the main table for the machine hoops. In the future I think I will add a drawer under the midsize table as there is some wasted space between the stretchers.

It was a fun project and I learned a lot about pocket screws and using different densities of wood and the melamine coating on the top of the tables is a great work surface for her projects.
AND, best of all, my wife loves the tables and was showing them off to who ever came over.

-- I'm not clumsy.. It's just the floor hates me, the tables and chairs are bullies, the wall gets in the way AAANNNDDD table saws BITE my fingers!!!.. - Mike -

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 11-17-2012 01:29 PM

Nice add on table. That comes in so handy in a sewing room. I do the sewing around here and I wish I had one. but there is no room in that little corner where I keep the machine.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 11-17-2012 05:25 PM

As with Jim, I am the sewer in our household, and I agree that this makes for a wonderful sewing table and
work center. Some people may not like those plastic drawer sets, but when you have that many drawers, it
is hard to remember where you put what, and it would be difficult for me to make a good wood carcass and
put plastic drawers in it, and glass drawer fronts are a little difficult. Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 82 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#3 posted 11-18-2012 02:44 AM

Nice looking set up. I’ll bet it is sturdy. I also like those plastic drawer units.

My wife started this embroidering thing about 3 months ago also. Looks like she has the same machine as your wife’s. I am now in the process of building her a cabinet for thread. I will finish it hopefully next week and will post a project. Don’t let your wife see it or you’ll be making one for her. Haaaa Haaaa

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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#4 posted 11-18-2012 03:01 AM

Thanks for the comments. What is funny is that the wife broke out her sewing machine too and has been using it for some combination projects. And she tells me tonight that she is out of room and is now wanting another midsize table. So now we have to ‘discuss what she wants and where it will fit….’ . I am totally OK with making another one. Although, this one may have additional functionality like a drawer or set of drawers. It all depends on what she wants. I have even thought about making a sliding extension that hides away under the table when not in use.
As for the plastic bins, the best use for them is like what is mentioned above, you can see in them and see what you need. With drawers, you cant see in them. I have thought about making her a desktop sort of tool cabinet to keep stuff above the table instead of under the table but that is for another day.

kll, your wife is going to have a BLAST doing the embroidery. A couple things I have seen based on what my wife does.
1. If she has a a brother or babylock machine, get the brother design software for the fonts and text embroidery. It is extremely useful for her creative design side. And SHOP AROUND. we found that the price varied by over 200%. It is much cheaper than the caddillac software that allows you to do actual design. I think that runs $1K+.
Also, if she hasn’t been online yet looking for embroidery designs, there are several great sites out there with thousands of designs. Just make sure they are downloaded in the format for your wife’s machine.

-- I'm not clumsy.. It's just the floor hates me, the tables and chairs are bullies, the wall gets in the way AAANNNDDD table saws BITE my fingers!!!.. - Mike -

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#5 posted 11-24-2012 02:00 AM

My wife has been online almost every night looking at designs and has downloaded piles of them. I don’t know about what SW she has but I will mention to here about the brother SW. She got some SW from a friend or her’s. She goes once a month with 3 other women to a school or something like that where they do actual hands on werk. They take their personal machines so they all werk at the same time.

This is a copy of the thread cabinet I made for my wife.

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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