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Thread: Cutting Table Ideas

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    Super Member peaceandjoy's Avatar
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    Like others, I used Ikea storage cubes. These are Expedits. Added legs from Ikea and a formica top to attach all together. Hindsight, I wish I had made the frame for the bottom and put them on rollers. While this is quite large (36" high, 36" deep and 80" long), there are 6 cube storage units. It could be made to fit any size using less units. I love it! Unfortunately, for the last several months, it has been a makeshift kitchen with microwave, toaster, hot plate, etc. while our house was/is being remodeled.
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    This is the one I have. You can adjust how high you want the top to be by raising the trestles.


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    I have several of those tables for my machines and just general surface space, Ellen. I bought them years ago at a used furniture outlet for a song. They pretty much last forever so I just keep using them.
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    sliders instead of casters

    I am using an old side board table from the 40s, with 2 drawers and 2 side cabinets, with a 36 x 72 of plywood attached to the top. It is cantilevered on one side with a 15 over hang. This gives me more storage space under the top . My storage carts fit perfectly under them.

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    At the left end under the top I have or will have installed a pull out drawer. And of course there is more storage under the table in the front.

    I had thought about putting casters on my cutting/sewing table but that would make it to tall.
    Instead of casters I found furniture moving sliders for wood or hard surfaces to place permanently under each leg. The weight of the cabinet keeps them secure. I got over sized 3 circles so that there would be more surface area for the movement of the table across a floor.

    I do not have to move it very often, how often does company come, I will find out soon. We just moved and this is the 2nd bedroom/my sewing/craft room.

    I got mine at the Ace hardware, their brand . I am sure other home improvement stores have them.

    Make sure that you get the ones that are either for carpet, they have hard plastic on the bottom or ones for wood or laminate floors they are foam on top and felt on the bottom.

    These are the ones at Lowes they are the same , less expensive than at the Ace but I had a coupon and gift card for Ace.


    Yes this is my sewing /ironing table, but since I have just moved I am still putting stuff away. Messy, messy but will post later when room is finished.

    One more tip for those that are moving or changing arrangement of sewing /craft space.
    Take photos of before especially if you want to duplicate something . Like storage of fabric or things placed on shelves.

    I was a least smart enough to label boxes with the shelf number for my fabric and placed flat fabric between stacks to separate shelves if I had more than one shelf in a box which I did.

    Now to install the overhead lighting . Will be using a flexible track lite.

    Happy sewing and Happy New Years.

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    Super Member Sandygirl's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    I have a rolling kitchen island/ cabinet with locking wheels that I have my cutting mat on. I place it so I can walk all around it for different cutting angles.

    Love mine too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmoore View Post
    I purchased an adjustable Husky work bench (on sale of course) at Home Depot almost 2 years ago. http://www.google.com/aclk?sa=l&ai=D...Qwg8ICw&adurl=
    Now THIS is a good idea.... all the others are great ideas too.... but THIS could work for me and my little space!!!
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    Senior Member DonnaFreak's Avatar
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    I bought three of the 9-hole cubby shelves from Wal-Mart. When assembled they are 3' X 3' X 1'. I attached two of them to the back of the third one, so that they formed a 3' X 4' rectangle. The open side went against the wall. Then I went to Home Depot and got a piece of melamine board cut to 3' X 4' and put it on top of the cubbies. This gave me a cutting surface that was 3' X 4', with plenty of fabric storage underneath. 🙂

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    Donna, I love this idea!! Not too big, no table legs, the perfect cutting height plus lots of storage! My wheels are turning. Thank you!

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    Years ago I purchased an old library table from a second hand store for $25. The veneer on its top was bad so I screwed a piece of plywood on top and used it for an island in my kitchen for years. It will eventually go into a larger room when I get one and will be my cutting table. Since I am not too tall, it is the perfect height for me. Hooks around the sides will hold my rulers and rotary cutters to keep them handy.

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    I just purchased this table from Lowe's to use as my cutting table. It is 36" high. It was a 2 person job to put together, not difficult, just kind of awkward as the pieces are large and you need more than 2 hands.


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    I made mine using those cubes from michaels and a top from an old folding craft table. After taking this I got a custom size cutting mat that covers the entire top. I need to take new pics.
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    I did something along the same lines. My friend built me some risers with a wider base for stability out of wood. And then the top of the risers have a hole that the table leg fits in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LavenderBlue View Post
    What do you use for a cutting surface? I am looking for an economical solution for a 36" height. The white resin tables do not seem to come in that height, though I know some of you raise them with bed risers. I am trying to avoid using our kitchen countertop or dining room table (which is not that high). Since I now have a dedicated sewing room, the goal is to contain all supplies and furniture there. Thanks!
    I have PVC on the legs of my cutting table (heavy folding table) that I had cut to 12" for extra height. The table came from a quilt shop that closed.
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    I have this one.....I think! I asked for help at Ikea and the man who helped me showed me this one I believe. It adjusts I know that. I'm short but I like it a bit taller. Oh wait. I use it as an ironing table!!! I added a couple of layers of batting and some really cute fabric. My husband stapled it all to the table.

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    I like to be able to move around the other side, so I don't hae to turn the fabric or mat, so I use an adjustable drafting table that can be set flat and pretty high so no leaning over. it's not as big as I'd like, but my space doesn't allow for more anyway--holds a 36x23" mat with some space at the side to set some cutter/ruler organizers. Underneath I can put tubs of fabric, etc.

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    We got garage lower cabinets that are prefinished, need assembly. The are all drawers. They're 35" tall, 18" deep and 2' wide. Set them side by side = 6' length. Got a piece of melemite covered plywood 2' wide and 8' long. Had it cut to 74" long. It sits on top of the cabinets. Then use olfa 70" long cutting mat (it's in 2 pieces).

    This means cutting surface and storage units.

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    Senior Member janjanq's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by SusieQOH View Post
    I got one from Home Depot. It's the perfect height for me because I'm short. It wasn't expensive either.
    You don't say what you bought at Home Depot, so I'm assuming a table... Is it a folding table? Is it adjustable? Just asking because I'm short too (4' 10" ) and I'm having trouble finding a table at the right height for me. How high is yours?

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