Written by: Kevin Krieger
So my wife says… “Honey…can you make me a sewing table? Oh and I want it to be tall.”
For the following steps you can refer to the drawing I created showing the sequence I used to create the sewing/crafts table.
Before you actually start attaching the boards, I always stress taking your time and think SAFETY first! For me, it’s exciting to start building, so it’s easy to forget the “BE SAFE FIRST” rule. So, take your time and measure twice and cut once. Even with taking my time I was able to construct and sand the final piece in one day. I took two foundation boards and leaned them against each other perpendicular in a horizontal position on the blanket (see illustration). I measured six inches down from the end of the side board. This is where I would place the upper shelf board. When I screwed in those two boards, I moved to the other side and attached another side board the same way. Then I measured six inches from the bottom of the first side board, and attached the bottom shelf board the same way as I did with the upper shelf board. Then I moved to the other side and repeated what I just did. Now I had the major part of the frame made. That went pretty fast.
It was time to create the middle section. Sometimes keeping things simple gives the best look, and feel of what you are trying to accomplish.
Measuring out and cutting the two six foot boards to insert, and create six cubes to hold the craft containers was all that was needed. You can do this in no particular order. Just measure and cut two longer pieces for the side supports, and four smaller pieces for the shelves.
Now, you can drill the holes and screw the six middle section boards into place. I was already almost done. At first, I didn’t think I was going to make this thing in a day. I’m just an old dude with average wood working skills. So, if I can do this, anyone can do it.
To add stability, and give a nice finished look, I decided to add a bottom kick board and top back board for the upper shelf. That meant hopping back in the car and going back to Home Depot. In a matter of minutes I bought two 6 feet long by 6″ wide pine boards, and I was on my way back home. I just had to cut them to the width of the table, and secure them in place at the top, bottom of the newly constructed sewing/crafts table.
For the finishing touches, you can either hand sand or power sand the edges and corners. You can also put wood putty on top of the countersinking screw heads (optional), and sand the putty smooth after it dries. Then I just flipped the whole unit up to its standing position, and slid it under the window. Like I mentioned earlier, I will be adding a Plexiglas top for the upper shelf, but this also optional. I decided not to stain and varnish this furniture. My wife and I prefer the natural look of the wood, and it just makes this piece more crafts appealing to us.
NOTE: If you are going to place the sewing/crafts table on a hard floor so it can slide, I suggest attaching self-sticking felt pads on the bottom of the side boards. If you place it on carpet or on a rug it will have to be lifted to move in place. In this case, two people can do the job safely using proper lifting practices, so you will not sustain back injury. Now, go forth and create!
To see more from Kevin check out this post in its entirety on Squidoo, ‘DIY Counter-Top Height Sewing/Crafts Table‘.