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    Thanks gang! Now I have the ITCH for a new table! Mine is a large computer table with a recessed part for the keyboard but that is where my machine sits. This only cost me $15 bucks at the GW store a couple of years ago.
    BUT... I actually toom my machine to a sewing class just recently and realized how steady and solid that table was compared to my vibrating thing! That was the first itch I had. Now I really got it bad. Guess I know what I'll be doing
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    Great comments on using dining table. My sewing table made for me by an uncle when I was a teenager (1950's). My mother gave me the of a bow window in our dining room for my sewing area. The cabinet has very heavy drawers as entire cabinet made out of 3/4 inch plywood. Have wanted a lighter cabinet for years. DH can do anything with a saw and hammer but somehow we haven't tackled this project. Now after shoulder surgery I find I have to careful. If new table used, I would miss the drawers but figure I could use a basket set-up on wheels. Other side of my sewing room is computer area.
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    trying to post a picture but cannot for the life of me find the "icon" that looks like a tree to click on - help
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    Quote Originally Posted by LivelyLady View Post
    We found this farm table at a yard sale for $50. My DH cut it out so my machine could be dropped into it. I had a plexi glass table for my machine that I had been using, so that went onto the table. He followed Eleanor Burns tutorial. I love it and my shoulders don't hurt anymore.Attachment 370109
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    SUPER job on the table! Is that Henrietta Whiskers that you are working on? Sew cute
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    My husband finally inset my machine into the kitchen counter we bought at a yard sale for $30, which sits on a low file cabinet ($30 at a rummage sale) and rails nailed to the studs in the walls. I love it! I'm going to take a picture to post. I used to use an extension table made of foam (posted pics of that already) but this is the perfect height for me so I no longer have to sit so high and keep my pedal on a stool. My neck and back thank him!

    You can inset your table into any surface. He used a drill bit to make holes at the corners, then sawed out the wood with a jigsaw and sanded it. He saved the cut-out piece to put brackets on so I can set it back in the hole to use with my other machines. btw there is a special jigsaw blade that will not ruin the formica if you use this idea. The counter is very sturdy, it is 1 1/8" thick! The machine sits in a wire basket screwed under the counter with a thin board and rubber shelf lining placed in it. No shake, no noise.
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    My Nana's old kitchen table with drop leaf for even more room on the left, my old kitchen table at the back, old typewriter table for machine and Sew Steady insert to level it all up! Plastic drawers go under Nana's table and 2" landscape tile on the floor allows me to reach the pedal while the office chair is raised!! Poverty is the mother of invention too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilter711 View Post
    SUPER job on the table! Is that Henrietta Whiskers that you are working on? Sew cute
    Thank you and yes, I started out with the BOM of Henrietta Whiskers but after 2 blocks it became an UFO. I took the two blocks and made a fall tote using the Cantebury FQs from Connecting Threads. Does that it mean it's not an UFO anymore? Here's a pic of the front and back of tote.Name:  100_0349.JPG
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    Ooops! Sorry, I didn't know the pics were going to be that large.
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    I too use a computer table, mine's about 5 feet long and at least 3 feet wide with the drop down for the computer keyboard. The machine fits perfectly there or I can leave it up for a smooth top.

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    I bought an l-shaped computer table, did not install keyboard drawer, and I have a surface to work on that has room for two machines to be active at any one time--all I have to do is turn to whichever of the sides has the machine I'm using at the time.

    more important to me is a comfortable chair. I bought a nice high-backed desk chair that is very soothing to my back.

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    What an interesting thread. Thanks for psting misskira.

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    I use our old dining room table for my sewing table. It is just the right height for me. However, I cannot recess the machine into it.

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    http://www.quiltingboard.com/attachm...22-cabinet.jpg

    My DH built this for me. I love it!

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    Wow Lyncat!!! I have major major major cabinet envy!!!!
    my name is becca and i'm a quilt-a-holic :-)

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    I have a bar height stool that I sit on. Also a drafting chair, but I don't like sitting on that as much. The table height is perfect for me to prop a foot on the bottom shelf, and use the foot pedal with the other.

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    I bought two three-drawer dressers from Ikea. Lowe's cut a piece of 3/4" plywood into three pieces for me at no charge: two 19" pieces and one piece almost 12" wide, the length of the board (96"). I put a piece of felt on top of each dresser and laid the two 19" pieces of plywood on top of one another to align with the outside ends of the dressers. It is neat and attractive with room for a sewing machine and a serger. I have one of my cutting mats available at all times. This is a very sturdy sewing table with knee-hole space in the center. The almost 12" wide piece of plywood became a shelf above the sewing surface to hold boxes of FQ's and scraps.

    My wife was pleased that I had a good sturdy sewing surface with six nice-sized drawers to hold the clutter that most often results when I tackle a new project.

    I'll see if my daughter will take pictures and help me post them.

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    LOVE THIS! He did a great job.

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    My dad made my sewing table using the Rockler lift. He made it a gateleg since my room is very small. When I am FMQing, I just lift up the table flap. The lift allows the machine to either sit flush or raise up when changing the bobbin. A good adjustable height ergonomic office chair also helps. I think I still have the plans if anyone wants them!
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    Oh I'm so jealous of all of you. I'm still working on the kitchen table!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LivelyLady View Post
    Thank you and yes, I started out with the BOM of Henrietta Whiskers but after 2 blocks it became an UFO. I took the two blocks and made a fall tote using the Cantebury FQs from Connecting Threads. Does that it mean it's not an UFO anymore? Here's a pic of the front and back of tote.Name:  100_0349.JPG
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    Beautiful job and great idea....Hoping to do this one some day !! You have one more ufo gone..congratulations.
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    I'll try and get some pics tomorrow, but basically:
    We bought 2 unfinished kitchen base cabinets at Home Depot, that he took off the toe kick. That, coupled with the 2 in base that he made for my foot pedal, results in everything being the right height for me
    Built a shelf connecting the 2 that the machine sits on, with a hole in the counter top, so it is recessed
    That by itself is a good sized table, but he added another 2 1/2 ft x 4 ft top that's on hinges, so it folds down. So far, it is never folded down though
    You know that feeling when you've finished all your quilting projects and your studio is perfectly clean???? Me neither.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scissor Queen View Post
    Son 1 did a remodel on a desk I got from Craigslist for $15 bucks. He used a Dremel Trio to cut and do part of the sanding.

    I lost the center drawer and the top right drawer because of the machine setting down in the desk. He screwed a piece of wood across the end on the inside and use a board to support the machine. There's a small stack of wood in the center drawer screwed down to the drawer to support that end of the machine.

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    I like this-------------problem is I don't have room for another piece of furniture. Just thought though, if I added casters, I could push it into a corner when no being used.
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    [QUOTE=RugosaB;5593748]I'll try and get some pics tomorrow, but basically:
    We bought 2 unfinished kitchen base cabinets at Home Depot, that he took off the toe kick. That, coupled with the 2 in base that he made for my foot pedal, results in everything being the right height for me
    Built a shelf connecting the 2 that the machine sits on, with a hole in the counter top, so it is recessed
    That by itself is a good sized table, but he added another 2 1/2 ft x 4 ft top that's on hinges, so it folds down. So far, it Got the pics:
    Attached Images Attached Images

    You know that feeling when you've finished all your quilting projects and your studio is perfectly clean???? Me neither.

    It's not how fast you sew, it's how well you sew fast! Wait, I think that's supposed to be MOW!

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    [QUOTE=RugosaB;5594356]
    Quote Originally Posted by RugosaB View Post
    I'll try and get some pics tomorrow, but basically:
    We bought 2 unfinished kitchen base cabinets at Home Depot, that he took off the toe kick. That, coupled with the 2 in base that he made for my foot pedal, results in everything being the right height for me
    Built a shelf connecting the 2 that the machine sits on, with a hole in the counter top, so it is recessed
    That by itself is a good sized table, but he added another 2 1/2 ft x 4 ft top that's on hinges, so it folds down. So far, it Got the pics:
    Love your set-up but especially noted your caned-back chair - what a treasure!
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