Building Hard-Working Work Tables

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I feel so accomplished after building 2 work tables for my creative space over the weekend. Both builds went pretty smoothly with only one hiccup that is entirely my own fault.

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Work Tables Working Harder: Sewing Desk

  • A slightly lower height than desk height (27″) to make sewing more comfortable.
  • A giant surface to work on (30″ x 80″). I plan to use this table for sewing, but also for painting. I used a hollow core door because it’s huge and cheap. It’s also lightweight and fit in my car easily.
  • The base was installed at the back of the table to allow my chair to be pushed in all the way.
  • This happened on accident, but it perfectly fits my IKEA Helmer drawer unit.

While watching Fixer Upper on Netflix, I saw a dining table that I couldn’t get out of my head. This is a variation of that table. The legs are made of 4 x 4’s with a 2 x 4 support brace.

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The table top is attached to the legs with L brackets that I painted over. work-tables3

I love how much room I have to make messes, I mean create.

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Work Tables Working Harder: Cutting Table

  • Since this table is a cutting table, I made it a lot higher. It sits at about 38″ high, which allows me to cut fabric without bending over.
  • It sits on casters (which you can’t see because I was trying to photograph around my dog.) This allows me to move the table around easily.
  • There’s a shelf on the bottom for fabric storage.
  • Hooks are on the sides to hang scissors and other supplies.

The base is made of 2 x 4’s and the shelf and top are made from 3/4″ plywood. This is where I made a mistake. I was trying to shop by myself without any help. Instead of the 3′ x 4′ top that I wanted, I settle for a 2′ x 4′ piece of plywood for the top and I’m really regretting that decision. I think the top will be replaced with a larger piece of wood.

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I painted it a happy teal with a white top that provides a great place for photographing stuff. Besides the size snafu, I’m really happy with my new work tables. Sometimes simple builds are just so satisfying.

3 thoughts on “Building Hard-Working Work Tables”

    • Yes they are! I keep finding myself drawn back to sewing more and more though. I don’t know if I’ll ever get back to making clothing, but I can sew a pillow pretty quickly.

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