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Sewing table

Postby beachlion » Sun Dec 16, 2018 5:03 am

I did my sewing on a third world style table, two saw horses and a quarter sheet of 3/4" ply. As a table cloth I used an old shower curtain. Time for something more substantial'
In my workshop I made a table with a folding section. For an easier flow of the fabric, I made a hole in the table top to have the sewing machine bed flush with the top.

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Re: Sewing table 2

Postby beachlion » Sun Dec 16, 2018 5:08 am

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I will add a small cabinet with drawers to keep the material organised.
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Re: Sewing table

Postby partlyscot » Sun Dec 16, 2018 6:03 am

Nice! I'm envious, I finally have a dedicated sewing table, but it's just a $5 special from Ikea. Will look at doing a cutout like that for the machine. Do you have any kind of lift mechanism for changing bobbins or looping work around the end?
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Re: Sewing table

Postby pelmut » Sun Dec 16, 2018 12:58 pm

I wish I had the room for that - and the skill to make it.

I have made a useful gadget for storing each colour of thread with its matching bobbin; it saves a lot of time rummaging through boxes of bobbins - or winding one, only to discover that there was already one with that colour lurking in the bottom of the box.  It consists of a length of 2" x 1" wooden batten with 3" screws (minus their heads) driven into it at intervals, one bobbin and its matching reel of cotton is slipped over each screw.  Spare bobbins are very cheap, so it is worth buying a dozen or two.

First the holes for the screws are drilled in the batten to thread core diameter and about three-quarters of an inch deep. The heads are sawn off the screws and the rough ends tidied up with a file or a lathe (or by using a power drill in a vice as an improvised lathe).  A drill chuck or large pin vice is then used to grip the headless screws and drive them into the wood to the required depth.
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Re: Sewing table

Postby Dick Ackerman » Sun Dec 16, 2018 4:00 pm

Very nice.
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Re: Sewing table

Postby crfriend » Sun Dec 16, 2018 4:15 pm

BL, that is a work of art -- absolutely magnificent. I wish I had 1/4 the woodworking chops as you have.
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Re: Sewing table

Postby beachlion » Sun Dec 16, 2018 4:45 pm

Don't make me blush.
After a life in metal, I discovered woodworking as a hobby after retirement in 2005. Before that, it was more repairs or replacement of broken things. There was always some creative force in me and with woodworking and sewing, it sees the light of day. They key to satisfactory woodworking is sharp tools. The difference between sharp and dull tools is like the difference between a racing car and a worn out family sedan. You can steer your tools very precise when they are sharp. It took me years to discover that.
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Re: Sewing table

Postby Freedomforall » Sun Dec 16, 2018 5:32 pm

You are a fine craftsman, indeed!
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Re: Sewing table

Postby beachlion » Sun Dec 16, 2018 5:54 pm

pelmut wrote:I wish I had the room for that - and the skill to make it.

I have made a useful gadget for storing each colour of thread with its matching bobbin; it saves a lot of time rummaging through boxes of bobbins - or winding one, only to discover that there was already one with that colour lurking in the bottom of the box.  It consists of a length of 2" x 1" wooden batten with 3" screws (minus their heads) driven into it at intervals, one bobbin and its matching reel of cotton is slipped over each screw.  Spare bobbins are very cheap, so it is worth buying a dozen or two.

First the holes for the screws are drilled in the batten to thread core diameter and about three-quarters of an inch deep. The heads are sawn off the screws and the rough ends tidied up with a file or a lathe (or by using a power drill in a vice as an improvised lathe).  A drill chuck or large pin vice is then used to grip the headless screws and drive them into the wood to the required depth.


I already have a system in place for the bobbins and threads. A fold-out sort of toolbox with divided trays.
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I will make a cabinet with drawers and a similar arrangement for one or two drawers to keep the same threads together.
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Re: Sewing table

Postby Fred in Skirts » Sun Dec 16, 2018 6:13 pm

WOW!!! That is some fine detail. The skill you have is just fantastic and I am jealous.

Great work!! :D :D :D
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Re: Sewing table

Postby pelmut » Sun Dec 16, 2018 7:03 pm

beachlion wrote:I will make a cabinet with drawers and a similar arrangement for one or two drawers to keep the same threads together.

You will find it saves no end of time rummaging about when you need to change thread colours.
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Re: Sewing table

Postby voodoomagic » Sun Dec 16, 2018 11:15 pm

Wow that is some nice work beachlion!
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Re: Sewing table

Postby Kirbstone » Mon Dec 17, 2018 3:17 am

Great work, BL. Very impressive indeed. Chippendale started out as an unknown lackey in a cooperage, helping make barrels for the brewers!

I suppose you laid off the metalwork when the Titanic rolled down the slipway. :P

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Re: Sewing table

Postby beachlion » Mon Dec 17, 2018 4:46 am

Kirbstone wrote:Great work, BL. Very impressive indeed. Chippendale started out as an unknown lackey in a cooperage, helping make barrels for the brewers!

I suppose you laid off the metalwork when the Titanic rolled down the slipway. :P

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Thanks to my wood working, I know there is more Chippendale than just a group of male dancers.

I was relieved when I heard an iceberg was the cause of the disaster and not my lousy riveting.

But metalwork is stil in all my fibres. My first woodwork projects looked like steelconstruction in woodcolor. But slowly I learned the typical wood joints. It is strange that I can saw and file metal more straight and square than wood. ;) And I don't know why.
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Re: Sewing table

Postby weeladdie18 » Mon Dec 17, 2018 11:57 pm

Beach Lion and Tom.....My comments are...That is an interesting Tradesman's Table....
I have my mother's Singer sewing machine in my lounge....Probably post war ....
When I was a small boy I was slave labour and my task was to turn the handle of the
machine. When I was old enough to claim my human rights, father purchased an
Electric Motor Attachment and a foot operated control peddle.....
The machine has not been used since atleast 2005. say 20 years....
Also have upgraded Machine ...All plastic with zigzag stitching for use in the rag trade...
Local outworking ...Made to measure Swinging Sixties Boutique Style throw away clothes.
Plenty of charming young ladies running round the Family Home in their Underwear,
and showing off their stockings and suspenders which the would wear under their new dress
to a wedding or 21 st Birth Day Party....the ladies in question had come for a fitting....
The garments had been tacked and was Pinned in front a full length tailors mirror......


The machine was operated on the centre section of an oval gate legged table.
The table was topped with foam and the machine stood on a large piece of hardboard
on one side of the table so two legs of the table were directly under the working area of the
machine nearest the operator.

I was in a fishermans store the other day and the gentleman said to me ..." I was given some
fire wood the other day , I am retired so I do not have time to cut it up on my bandsaw...."
The old Fisherman gave me the table because it was too good to cut up for fire wood
A pine top gate leg table probably 8 feet long . Another table for my lounge ....
Ideal as a working surface to make a model boat
A model of a 1907 Breton Sailing tunny fisher. The original was a 50 foot sailing vessel
with two masts and no engine with the out riggers and fish processing table on deck.
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