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Thread: Tips to make old desk into quilting table

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    I think Elenor burns has a video on how to convert an old kitchen table to hold a maching flush w the tyable top. that might help u w your problem.

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    Why not raise your chair to a suitable height, then use a box or footstool to put the foot pedal, and your feet on, so they are not uncomfortable. Glue a bit of velcroe to the bottom of the pedal, and perhaps fabric to the box to stop sliding.

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    Thanks I have an L shaped computer table I use as my quilting/sewing area and had been thinking of doing the drop down item for the machine. This just might help ! Thanks for sharing
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    My husband just modified a garage sale table for me like this: He cut a hole to fit my machine. He took a board a little bigger than the hole and using carriage bolts hung it right under the hole. These carriage bolts are long enough, 4"-5" or so, to make the shelf adjustable for any machine. They do show on the top of the table but are rounded smooth and shiny. They could be recessed into the top, but I didn't want him to bother with that. He cut 1" off the legs because I'm short. The shelf adjusts with bolts and there are rounded caps on the ends so nothing will catch on them.

    We are looking for another cheap ($20 or so)table or two so he can modify some to sell. We're hoping to get $75-$100 for a nice big sewing/quilting table. I live in Central NY.

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    Wouldn't that weaken the table and possibly make it lean in that area?
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    If you are referring to my message...?????....no. The table is a full inch thick and is still very sturdy.

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    Wouldn't that weaken the table and possibly make it lean in that area?

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    Just my opinion, now. But i would turn myself to the left and use the "typewriter" side of the desk. Already lower and you don't have to cut anything, loose your valuable drawer. You can bring up something else to lay the bulk of your quilt on when you need that area. Maybe and ironing board or a card table, etc. Again, just my opinion. You must do what feels right to you.

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    On the QIAD site there is information on how to turn a wooden table into a sewing table. This is the link to the page http://www.quiltinaday.com/freepattern/ and it is listed as "How to Make a Sewing Table from a Farm Table" and is located on the lower right hand side.

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    Can't you cut the legs down to make it shorter?
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    Very nice. I took my daughters desk, which she is letting me use right now, that is an oak desk with a pull out tray for setting a keyboard on, and I use the pull out tray for a simple pressing table to iron seams on while making blocks. It works great and is very handy.

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    I would cut the legs of the desk. If you put masking tape across the area you are cutting just above the cut line it will keep the wood from chipping and fraying which is what probably happened with your door.

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    Ok. My husband didn't want to cut into the desk. I found a sewing table for $5 so we brought it home. I removed the screws from the hinges that holds that table top. I didn't want a hole in the top, so we cut the back of the top as you can see in the pictures. I removed the back of the table and am using it as the front. My legs don't fit under a cabinet!

    We cut the table top down to fit and supported it with discount lumber from Home Depot. All we did was screw them into the sides. We had to cut the corners (pun not intended!) for the table top; you might be able to see that in the pictures. Because I removed the back, we had to reinforce the legs. There is white tape in the front. I added a "bumper" onto those corners so my legs wouldn't get all scratched up and poked! I added a piece of vinyl to the left of the machine to cover the nails and splinters and help the quilt move.
    The height is almost perfect. At least I know I can cut the legs down if I need to. That is seriously not an option with that desk. My husband told me today that if we move, it's staying here. It weighs about 7billion pounds.
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    Well, crud. without getting into too much details... it doesn't work. Back to the drawing board!

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    Make the desk your cutting/ironing table. Install more lights on the left wall and find a table more near the correct height for you that can be adapted easily for your machine and sew there. It would probably cost you less and be much more comfortable. I did see the mechanism that is used for the drop table that you see here http://www.hornofamerica.com/product...s&productID=96. I have also seen the ones that aren't airlift but I don't remember where. Keep researching and you will find something that will satisfy your needs. Good luck.

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    Instead of the tape that isn't stable; it will move with vibration. Why not take the wood that is cut out and mount it with metal brackets low enough for your machine. It would be more stable for sewing.
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    I've decided to just live with it. I've rigged up an extension table-kind of thing so I can quilt. The side desk is too close to the other desk to put the sewing machine there and sit under the needle. The legs can't be cut. I'm glad we didn't cut into the desk top, because we'd have the same problems I had with the one we rigged up yesterday (which is mostly due to the sewing machine design). Thanks to everyone's suggestions! They were all good, just not practical or pertaining to me!

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    I have a partners desk that we converted for the machine we cut a hole in the top using a jig saw make sure the hole is centered over the drawer and large enough for the cord that sticks out on the side. the machine will set in the drawer without problems and you just have to lift the front to change the bobbin. I love this setup good luck

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    Could this work?

    Will the Chair in the picture raise up to the necessary height? If so, you can put a box under the desk to put you feet on for comfortable sitting. That is something we did at work years ago.

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    e how has a tutorial on how to convert a desk into a sewing table. go to e how and search "convert a desk into a sewing table" I'm planning on using this on a desk I have.

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    Watch this video from you tube. It's a way to convert your desk without actually modifying it. Good luck!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yAS25v3ZTk0
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    Quote Originally Posted by nanakatmck View Post
    Watch this video from you tube. It's a way to convert your desk without actually modifying it. Good luck!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yAS25v3ZTk0
    That's brilliant! If I didn't have a quilting table, I would be doing this tomorrow.

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