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Has anyone made a cutting table with shelves underneath?

Old 06-28-2013, 11:54 AM
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I want to make one myself but can't find a plan that doesn't have space underneath for a chair. I don't plan to sit at this table and want as much storage as possible underneath it. I think I can figure out a plan myself but before I go to that trouble, I was wondering if anyone else has made anything like this. My current top, which I plan to reuse, is about 3 x 5 so the bottom part will probably be about 2 x 4 or at most 2.5 x 4.5 feet to leave overhang space for clips. I want the bottom part to have shelves that I can put baskets or those fabric bins that HD sells in it. I'm not good enough (yet) to make something with drawers.
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Old 06-28-2013, 12:14 PM
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How about just getting some bookcase units from Target, Office Depot, Ikea, or somplace like that and arrange them so they face out in the size you want. You could keep the top from sliding with little rubber feet, glue, caulk, or epoxy. Closet Maid (at Target and Lowe's) has those units that take square cloth bins where you could hide some of your goodies. They often go on sale, too.
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Old 06-28-2013, 12:48 PM
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I'm avoiding particle board. I don't have an Ikea and I think all of the other places here have the particle board shelves. But I can make shelves and put them together-but since I'm planning to make the whole thing I can do it the exact sizes I want. I can use wood or mdf which is not as stinky or chip-py as particle board. I was just hoping for tips or pictures of ones people have made themselves with or without store bought shelves, but without the space underneath for a chair.
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someone had one on here the other day that was fantastic. I will see if I can find the picture. Under the heading My dream cutting table for real. under mission organization. My pics are symbol not the pic so will have to redo them

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Old 06-28-2013, 02:05 PM
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My husband made me one, its the same size as a sheet of plywood, has 2 layers of shelves underneath. He even made a well for my sewng machine. Its large enough to hold 2 of the large cutting mats. He rounded the corners off, sanded and stained it. And its on large casters. I just love it, so much room on those shelves!
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Old 06-28-2013, 02:10 PM
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Good idea to include space for sewing machines. I have 2 other than the one I use all the time so I should make room for those under the cutting table.
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I used base kitchen cabinets underneath mine. It's a very heavy duty base with sturdy drawers all around. Some are deeper than others and there is some open shelving as well.

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Personally I think Nouveau's with the cabinets underneath is the way to go. Any space under a table is "dead space" unless the shelves are individually designed with particular items in mind. Why waste that space when most of us are cramped enough as it is?

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My sewing table does have a shelf underneath but it merely stores a couple of plastic bins of future projects.
I might design it differently today, but can't afford to have another one built' this one is fine.

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You might go to a second hand store or an antique store and buy an old dresser to use as a base. I use the top of my ironing board as a cutting table as I like to stand and cut. I have the wooden top that fits over the ironing boards. My cutting mat fits on it nicely.
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