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Thread: cutting table

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    I'm relatively new here so please forgive me if this has been discussed before:

    I'm about ready to get my new quilting room together. I know what I want in a sewing table, although I haven't found it yet, but I was wondering about the size of a cutting table.

    Should it be big so I could fit a whole (almost?; queen size) quilt on it or smaller? What would good dimensions be.

    The sewing and cutting tables will be separate entities.

    Thanks in advance for your thoughts and suggestions.

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    Wow thats a big cutting table. Mines about 5' x 3' but Im thinking a little bigger would be fine. My specific tip though would be to place it so you have walking space around the entire table. I love that I can cut from any side.

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    I have the cutting table from Joann's it folds down so it doesn't take up alot of room when I'm not using it. when it's completely open its a great size. (and with the coupons the price isn't so bad either)

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    I would not make the table any larger in depth than a large cutting mat. I have a queen size bed & even though I can walk around it, I don't think I could do much in the center as it is not readily reachable. For sandwiching queen size, you can use the binder clips to secure the quilt to the table & do the pinning/basting in sections. I think storage is a bigger issue than a very large table. My sewing table/cabinet has a hindged drop down leaf on the back side that does not have to be up & taking up space all the time.

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    Now - I disagree with donnajean. I have a sliding closet door ($15.00 at a recycle place) on 2 2-drawer file cabinets ($5.00 ea at garage sale). DH just cut it down to 36 x 70. I like the extra room for laying all my fabrics out ---- and my pattern, cutters, rulers, marking pens --- and my JUNK! The size should be determined by how much room you have!

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    My cutting table is about 5' wide and 7' long and I would love to have it wider and longer. I also think that one of the most important things is the height, everything I've read says that a cutting table should be no less or more than 3" below your elbow. I also have a ton of storage underneath it.

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    I found two vintage drop leaf dining tables at thrift store ( at different times.) I have them side by side for a space about 6 ft x 7 ft with leaves down. When I need more room to layer a large quilt I put the leaves up, all or how ever many I need.

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    We were just looking at Keepsake Quilting site and they offer cutting table plans I believe the measurements are 6x4'. The pattern is $15

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    Not sure what you disagree with. My "large" mat is the width of a door. I think it is 36x48". I only said "I" would make the depth the size of the mat. The length could be as long as the room if table was agaist a wall.

    Quote Originally Posted by amandasgramma
    Now - I disagree with donnajean. I have a sliding closet door ($15.00 at a recycle place) on 2 2-drawer file cabinets ($5.00 ea at garage sale). DH just cut it down to 36 x 70. I like the extra room for laying all my fabrics out ---- and my pattern, cutters, rulers, marking pens --- and my JUNK! The size should be determined by how much room you have!

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    Thanks for all your responses so far!
    I've been using the dining room table (too short!) up till now which is 3'6" X 6'4".
    I'd like it to be just a touch wider I think. But Donnajean has a point of not being able to reach in the center of it. I do like to lay tools and cloth on the top as I assess and reassess my quilt.
    Yes, I am planning on being able to walk all around it with anti-stress mats on the floor.

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