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    Kitchen cart for cutting area

    I'm getting tired of having all my sewing stuff out on my dining room table, so I think I'm going to put together a sewing area in one of my guest rooms. I've seen a couple of suggestions about using a kitchen cart on wheels for a cutting area. I've looked at a couple online & like the ones that have some storage underneath. I like the idea of using wheels so I can move it around the space and get to the other side more easily when needed. Any suggestions?

    Here are two I found online. The second one is a really good price, but is slightly smaller. Both have drop leafs that make them a bit bigger for quilt assembly. What do you think?

    http://www.overstock.com/Home-Garden...PCR&cid=214410

    http://www.overstock.com/Home-Garden...PCR&cid=214410

    Thanks for any suggetions! I was going to combine this with a small/medium desk to put my machine on & then some form of additional storage. It's not a huge room.

    Dana

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    Go to Kmart or Walmart- buy those 6 cube or 9 cube storage units, depending on size of room, put them on wheels, there are pictures on here under mission organization of how members put them together and added a larger top & wheels to move around. Lots cheaper than those you have listed. Name:  cutting table.jpg
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Size:  1.47 MBYou can make it smaller if needed or larger if you want. Storage in the middle if you do the second one.

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    My only suggestion if you go with either of those carts....make sure the wheels lock. You don't want to pressing down while cutting something and have the cart squirt out from under you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by NJ Quilter View Post
    My only suggestion if you go with either of those carts....make sure the wheels lock. You don't want to pressing down while cutting something and have the cart squirt out from under you!
    My sentiments exactly - no matter what you do make sure you have wheels that lock. I like the idea of the cubes/bookcases. I have a friend who got the trestle legs (with shelf) and then a top very reasonable at Ikea. The trestle legs are cool because you can adjust the height and if you need to move it out of the way for some reason take the top off lean it against a wall and take the legs out to the garage.

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    Those are nice. And you really need to be sure the wheels lock. I really like the one with the towel rack on one end and the shelf on the other. (Thinking about hanging those strips as they are cut and a place to set those tools out of the way.)

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    How tall are you? There is a five inch height difference in the two cabinets. I am not too tall but have long legs and like a tall cabinet. My son built mine. Lovely boy!

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    We bought discontinued base cabinets for a kitchen, one had a door the other drawers and put a piece of counter top on them, perfect height.

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    When we renovated our bath we saved the bathroom vanity and added a top to it along with 2 additional split leaves on a piano hinge with removable legs. Topped it off with a laminate cover. Total cost was about $50.00. It works great. So if your DH is handy you might try looking on Craigslist for a vanity that some is wanting to get rid of.
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    Some really good ideas here, going to keep an eye on this thread!!
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    No matter which way you go, purchase or hand-mde, get the bigger top!
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    Quote Originally Posted by NJ Quilter View Post
    My only suggestion if you go with either of those carts....make sure the wheels lock. You don't want to pressing down while cutting something and have the cart squirt out from under you!

    AND make sure that the top surface can accomodate the large cutting mat. I love my mobile kitchen island!

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    I have a horn but those home made look wonderful!!!

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    These are all really great ideas!

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    Thanks for all the good ideas! I ended up with an interim solution of moving everything into my bedroom. It's a big oversized bedroom with lots of space. I have a large computer desk that worked perfectly for my sewing machine and extension table. For now I'm going to make do with using the top of my low chest of drawers as a cutting surface. No fancy wheels, but it's a good height and surface. This gets it out of the dining room for now and working with it a bit may let me know better what I want.

    Thanks for all the great suggestions. You've given me some great options to think about!

    Dana

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    And is you have a bed in the room, look for under bed drawers so you have storage that doesn't take up to much room. I like the first one but there are many option.

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    http://www.joann.com/sew-essentials-...me&ici=Slot1-1 This looks nice and it's on sale! Plus free shipping. I don't know anything about this, but it has good reviews.

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    I love the idea...I am looking for cutting table ideas....Thanks for sharing...

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    Great ideas. Now off I go to check out the Mission section to see how others put them together. I have several in my sewing room already.....Even without wheels, I like this idea...
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    I like those storage cubes. I might get some for my kitchen area to put the TV on.

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    Just added one of the kitchen islands with wheels to my sewing room last week. Took my son over 4 hours to put it together. Got it from Bed Bath and Beyond with a coupon worth $60.00 off, so I was pleased. Very sturdy and has the locking wheels and the flip up top if needed. My special ironing board I use for quilts can be placed right on the top when needed. I plan on loving it. And I'm going to roll it over to my quilting area to support the quilts if I'm doing some free motion quilting. Sure helps with storage and organization too.
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    This is one subject I always keep an eye on. My main thing is, do you fit comfortably alongside that setup with all the drawers. If there is no overhang I can't imagine having my knees comfortable if right against the setup. Am I being silly?
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    Quote Originally Posted by grandmasieg View Post
    http://www.joann.com/sew-essentials-...me&ici=Slot1-1 This looks nice and it's on sale! Plus free shipping. I don't know anything about this, but it has good reviews.
    It is too short to be the correct cutting height. It is the standard table height. 29.75. " is its height.

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    Check these out. I use a non moving kitchen island for my cutting table from Ikea and I love it! Luann
    http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/ca...kitchen/10471/
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    Quote Originally Posted by grandmasieg View Post
    http://www.joann.com/sew-essentials-...me&ici=Slot1-1 This looks nice and it's on sale! Plus free shipping. I don't know anything about this, but it has good reviews.
    I bought the one from JoAnns a few years back but had to remove the side unit because the screw holes were not properly placed and the wood split when attempting to attach to the main unit. This item was poorly made. I did keep the main larger section, but even that one was a disappointment. The drawers are very shallow (plenty of room behind them) and not of much use. I didn't return it because I would have had to dismantle the entire unit and try to get the pieces back into the original box. Just using the top area, which is a nice size, but I was still left to find a space for my serger which I had planned to keep on the side unit.
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    Wow...I love this!!!!
    Quote Originally Posted by amyjo View Post
    Go to Kmart or Walmart- buy those 6 cube or 9 cube storage units, depending on size of room, put them on wheels, there are pictures on here under mission organization of how members put them together and added a larger top & wheels to move around. Lots cheaper than those you have listed. Name:  cutting table.jpg
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Size:  1.47 MBYou can make it smaller if needed or larger if you want. Storage in the middle if you do the second one.

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