On Monday, I posted the reveal of my new sewing table. Today I’d like to share with you a tutorial so you can build your very own.
Nate wrote the tutorial. During tax season. I tried to translate the directions to English. But I fell asleep. I wish you luck. (This tutorial explains why I write and Nate takes photos. You’ll see.)
(This tutorial is based off a plan from Ana White.)
The dimensions for this table are 20”x72”. The perfect length for a sewing machine and some room to cut.
You will need to purchase:
- 2 - 8' 1x4 boards (we used primed MDF)
- 2 - 8' 2x4
- 8' 2x2 (if you can find 6', that would work also)
- 20"x72" board
- Wood glue
- Kreg pocket hole drill
- 1.25" pocket hole screws
- 1.5" pocket hole screws (could probably use the 1.25" if you do not want to buy multiple sizes)
- Wood filler
- 2" screws
- Drill and bits
From your supplies you will need to cut:
- 2 - 64.5" 1x4
- 2 - 18" 1x4
- 4 - 29.25" 2x4
- 2 - 9.5" 2x4
- 3 - 16.5" 2x2
Start by drilling 2 pocket holes into the ends of the 64.5" 1x4 boards. Using a square, attach the long 1x4's (64.5”) into the short 1x4's (18”) using wood glue and 1.25" pocket hole screws. (The Kreg pocket hole drill will include directions on how to do this.)
Make sure each corner is as square as possible. I found that I thought it was not going to turn out square but when the center supports were added, it really squared it up.
Mark 16.5" on the each side of the long (64.5”) boards. Then mark 16.5" from those points 2 more times for the center supports. (Michelle translation: You will add a total of 3 support boards 16.5” apart.) Drill pocket holes on each side of the center supports and attach the 16.5” boards with wood glue and 1.25" pocket hole screws.
Place each 29.5” 2x4 boards one by one on the inside corners. Attach with wood glue and 2" screws. Drill pilot holes with a drill bit slightly smaller than the diameter of the screws. I found it easier to keep the board where I wanted by using a couple of clamps on the boards. I used 4 screws in each board for stability.
Mark 6" up from the bottom of the legs (29.5” boards) and drill 2 pocket holes in each side of the 9.5" 2x4s. Using clamps to keep the boards in place, use wood glue and 1.5" pocket hole screws to attach.
Fill in all gaps and the pocket holes in the leg supports with wood filler. Sand well and then fill again as some of the gaps and pocket holes will be too big to fill only once. Sand again when the filler is dry. Prime or stain the bottom.
Paint or stain and poly the table top.
Once all of the legs and top are dry, drill pocket holes in the outside edge of the 2x4 legs at the top of the table.
Place the top of the table upside down on the floor onto cardboard (or something else to protect it).
You will now need to determine where to place the bottom of the table onto the top. At each corner on the under side of the table top, mark 3" from short edge and 1" from the long edge. Place wood glue on the top of the legs and supports that will attach to the table top. Place onto the table top. Be sure to match the corners of the bottom up with the marks made on the underneath of the table top.
Using 1.25" pocket hole screws, attach the 2x4 legs to the top.
On each center support, drill 3 holes, on the outsides and the middle, and use 2" (I don't know if my center supports were slightly bigger because I had to use 2.5" screws. I recommend comparing the size of the screw to the support before drilling.) to secure the top to the supports.
Turn table over, enjoy.
Bam. Sewing table. Amazing. Feel free to ask questions. I was involved in part of the building process which helped me translate but I’m still not convinced it makes complete sense.
Now I need to finish this craft room so I have time to actually sew.
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