Sewing Machine Table

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Project by Blake posted 06-23-2008 07:55 AM 14505 views 38 times favorited 78 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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This table was a birthday gift for my mom. She had asked for a sewing machine table that was “just the right height” so it wouldn’t make her back hurt.

This is the first piece of furniture I’ve ever built. It is made with all traditional joinery and methods including mortise and tenon construction, dovetailed drawers, and hardwood “buttons” secure the top to allow for wood movement.

Made from solid Birch, oiled with boiled linseed oil and polished with 600 grit sandpaper. I spent 55 hours building it. It’s my own design.

For more information on the construction process from start to finish check out my blog: Sewing Table

A few more photos:

-- Happy woodworking!

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#1 posted 06-23-2008 08:36 AM

Beautiful piece. Wonderful selection of wood. Great craftsmanship. Well done Blake, your mom must be proud!

-- David, O.C., California

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Douglas Bordner

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#2 posted 06-23-2008 08:46 AM

Zowie! Look at that happy Mom…
This is outstanding work, Blake.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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#3 posted 06-23-2008 09:28 AM

Blake this looks fantastic, especially for a first attempt at a piece of furniture.

The only thing is the table top, the wood is unusual and looks fantastic, but it is a shame you could not have book matched the boards. It would have taken the piece to whole new level.

Hindsight of others is a wonderful thing!

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (

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#4 posted 06-23-2008 10:51 AM

Stunning work Blake. I can feel the love that went into it, both for your mom and for the work. Great figure in that wood.

-- Peace in Wood ~

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#5 posted 06-23-2008 12:00 PM

Your mom looks very happy! Great job Blake!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#6 posted 06-23-2008 12:17 PM

Blake, that’s a beauty, and your mom looks happy. To look at it, you can’t even tell your forgot the drawers. I like the finish.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#7 posted 06-23-2008 12:33 PM

Blake. Man you are awesome. Not only did you design and construct a beutiful piece of useful furniture, you made MOM very happy. Tough combination. What’s even better now is that you can tell your siblings that your are her ”Favorite Son”. By the way, the Petunia blossom is almost as pretty as your Happy Mom’s smile! Has there ever been a better commission for anyone’s work?

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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#8 posted 06-23-2008 12:38 PM

Well done and great photography by the way, the pictures really show it off. I didn’t know birch could look so nice.

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#9 posted 06-23-2008 12:53 PM

I agree, I didn’t know birch could look so nice. I always thought it was scrap wood.
Fine job Blake.

-- Dave Leitem,Butler,Pa.,

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#10 posted 06-23-2008 01:27 PM

Beautiful work Blake! I love the beading around the draws..looks like you planned it that way! The material selection is top notch..those curls sing! This is great work especially if you figure in that its your first furniture project, with first time trying most of the operations.


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#11 posted 06-23-2008 01:58 PM

Gorgeous work Blake. I like your choice of hardware. The grain is beautiful. I have enjoyed your blogs along the way.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#12 posted 06-23-2008 02:03 PM

Love the timber. Well done.

-- Bob

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Scott Bryan

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#13 posted 06-23-2008 02:04 PM

Great job, Blake. I have enjoyed watching this one develop.

Your mother is obviously happy with the present.

Well done.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#14 posted 06-23-2008 02:09 PM


Great job and great way to show your love for your mom. All of us know we would prefer a “homemade” birthday card (filled wil spelling errors, backward lettering, and imperfect coloring) from our little children than an over-priced Hallmark classic anyday. Your mom got a perfect “homemade” table that will speak to her of your love every time she sits to pursue what is probably her favorite pasttime.

You have blessed and honored your mother.

-- Sola Gratia, John

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#15 posted 06-23-2008 02:18 PM

Nothing but the best for Mom. Great workmanship Blake that piece should age just wonderfully. thanks for posting Blkcherry

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