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    New cutting table?

    I cut on my dining table which is at the far end of my apartment from where I sew. I'm thinking about redoing the sewing room and getting a table. I need something pretty small and very simple - it doesn't need a lot of storage or anything, just a steady surface. I'd prefer it to be fairly tall - 4 feet? Any ideas. Google is failing me on this one.

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    Oh, and not too expensive!

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    You might find something under butcher block/kitchen island/microwave cart? I know some moveable kitchen islands have locking wheels but I have no idea of prices. Check out Ikea?

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    get a couple of 3 shelf bookcases and a door from the home center ..storage and cutting top..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    You might find something under butcher block/kitchen island/microwave cart? I know some moveable kitchen islands have locking wheels but I have no idea of prices. Check out Ikea?
    This is what I have and it does have the locking wheels. I bought it at a local expanded grocery store. I love it. It also folds up for when not in use and is then only about 5" wide. However, I don't really ever fold it up anymore. I put baskets on the shelves to hold my projects.
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    I use an old desk from the thrift store, up on bed risers. With a piece of plywood cut bigger than my mat for the top. Here is a picture. I have an old dresser underneath. works well for me, when I get the bed out of the room, I will increase the plywood and get the largest mat. Here are a couple of pics.
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    Just my luck - the Ikea website is crashed! Just when I want to shop!

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    That's nice!

    Quote Originally Posted by nhweaver View Post
    I use an old desk from the thrift store, up on bed risers. With a piece of plywood cut bigger than my mat for the top. Here is a picture. I have an old dresser underneath. works well for me, when I get the bed out of the room, I will increase the plywood and get the largest mat. Here are a couple of pics.

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    I use 3/4" thick plywood (4' X 8') cut in half the long way making it 2' X 8" and place it on various items. I have two Sauder tables that I use and then behind the sofa in den I stack tubs in sets of two, each set spaced at appropriate distance, place a 2X8 plywood on them and cover with fabric and clear plastic for a work surface to set together puzzles or place a sewing machine or whatever. BTW, the tubs hold fabric or quilt projects, batting. I am a believer in using what you have, when possible.

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    I used a 50% off coupon at Joanns and got the table that has leaves that will fold up or down as needed.
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    I use the island in my kitchen - It always has fabric and a cutting mat on it. Have to move it all when I want to bake! It isn't far from my sewing room so it works for me.

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    You might check out Wal-Mart web site. They have several different kinds of tables that will work. Happy shopping!!!
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    Or look for a cheap pub height dining table. That's what I use.
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    I use an old dresser that I put wheels on, then a piece of particle board cut 2ft by 5ft and covered with batting and that teflon fabric like ironing board covers are made of. I iron and cut on this, just pop my cutting mat on it when I need to cut. I put some nails in it to hang my mats and rulers on. And, it makes great fabric storage!

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    I have two tables in my sewing room, both are old drop leaf dining tables I bought at a thrift store. I keep the extended open but if the is limited space you could just open when needed.
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    I've been on a search for various cutting tables for the past few months - if you're familiar with the Flickr website, there's a group on there that focuses on craft or sewing rooms - I got several good ideas from the pictures that folks had downloaded of their sewing rooms - Lots of people using items from Ikea!

    As for my current room situation, I found a local home improvement warehouse (Hoods in Foley, AL) that had an in-stock kitchen cabinet (two drawers, two doors); my husband added a countertop and it was a good height to use for a cutting table! When I get moved into my new sewing room, I'll post a picture of it to show you how nice it turned out!

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    My cutting table is a full length mirror that converts into a cutting table. I have pictures if you are interested. But I also made a large ironing board using a half sheet of ply wood and it is fitted (using 1 x1 in boards) to my ironing board, so when not in use it slides next to the TV in my sewing room. I have used it quite a few times to cut on - just put my cutting mat on to of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sarah in Brooklyn View Post
    I cut on my dining table which is at the far end of my apartment from where I sew. I'm thinking about redoing the sewing room and getting a table. I need something pretty small and very simple - it doesn't need a lot of storage or anything, just a steady surface. I'd prefer it to be fairly tall - 4 feet? Any ideas. Google is failing me on this one.
    I bought as 6' by about 30" folding table from Sam's a few years back. $44 but I've seen the same thing cheaper since then
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    I LOVE this... very slick idea! I like the ironing mat on the slide out drawer. Very effective use of a cast off item, and very efficient use of limited space!

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    I'm going to start looking around. Sadly, thrift stores here in NYC are not cheap at all. But I'll try Craigslist, and a little ingenuity. You all have great ideas!

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    I just use my glass topped dining table to cut large pieces of fabrics and to sandwich my quilts.
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    Just was looking at www.sewmanyways.blogspot for her Tuesday idea and she is showing a table her daughter brought home from university. She said she got it at Ikea but doesn't say when. It is probably too light for a sewing table but it looks like she has her cutting mats on it AND it has another fold out leaf. Looks like a super piece that stores small but has a good surface area when open. I am going to look for it myself at Ikea and I hope it is still available!!

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    I purchased the table at JoAnn's with a coupon. I love it....two ends fold down and it is on wheels. Simple to put together. Definitely use a coupon...

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    You can always look at an unfinished furniture shop for a wooden kitchen cart/island--heavy, durable, beautiful. These would be at counter height, which makes cutting much more comfortable than bending over a table.

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    I found a used table on Craigslist - it's not as high as what I use now but I think it'll do. We shall see!

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