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Thread: Cutting table pictures

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    My hubby is remodeling a sewing room for me but I'm not sure how I want him to build my cutting table. I'm sure some of you have come up with great ideas for cutting tables. Would you please post pictures to help me decide? Thanks. :D

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    I just have a plastic table that has the taller legs for cutting ease. It's 6"l. x2 1/2" w. The legs are adjustable. I got it at Costco for $39.00. Works really good for my back.

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    I don't have a picture, but my cutting table is counter height with a Formica top, and cabinets underneath. It's like a kitchen island in that I can walk around it. One long edge is rounded, and the opposite is squared off. I marked 12" lines on that side to use for some measuring. I love it. The top is 62" long, has room for my cutting mat, with space left for fabric, rotary cutter, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by julie
    I don't have a picture, but my cutting table is counter height with a Formica top, and cabinets underneath. It's like a kitchen island in that I can walk around it. One long edge is rounded, and the opposite is squared off. I marked 12" lines on that side to use for some measuring. I love it. The top is 62" long, has room for my cutting mat, with space left for fabric, rotary cutter, etc.
    :mrgreen: :mrgreen: Mine is an old desk. It is OK. Could (and probably Should) be higher for my back. I have a friend that uses the plastic Costco table like Janstar. Only I don't think the legs are adjustable because her DH fixed leg extenders with PVC pipe. Made a little frame that the legs of the table fit into. Nice height for standing.

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    Minda--I hope this helps. My husband went to Home Depot and bought unfinished kitchen base cabinets (you can get all drawers or a cabinet and a drawer). He bought 4 with all drawers. We put them together in pairs and then backed them up to each other and put a countertop on them. I had the countertop extended so that I could sit to it too. Mine is 4 feet wide and 6 feet long--but the great thing about it is that you can make it any size you want----whatever fits your room and suits your needs.
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    Nice table and room Marcia!

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    I love what your DH did Marcia. I have an old heavy wood kitchen table. its 30x65 I put sliders under the legs so I can move it around in my sewing room. Seeing its so crowded

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    Cool Marcia

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    OOOOH Marcia, I'm wishing I had a tiny bit more space right now. That's awesome.

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    Here's my little space. It's 2 higher than standard cabinets for comfort standing and has a long counter on it....second half of the counter is DH's play space...it's only right since I have the rest of the room and we "share it" LOL.
    He's tall so it works out well for us. I have kid's play foam at my feet so it's comfy standing for long periods but I also have a bar stool if I'll be there a while.
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    i'm using a smaller table that we used to have in our kitchen. if you look closely, you can see the black bed risers under each leg. i love the height! sometimes i wish it were a little bigger, but there's no room right now (i've rearranged and added some other tables for machine quilting since i took this picture). then i made the table skirt so i could 'hide' stuff under it!

    craigslist is a great place to find tables reasonably!

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    I've read that the best height for a cutting table is about 3" shorter than your elbow height. I've 6 of the pattern cabinets, 3 back to back with the other 3, and then a 2 piece counter top. The height makes it perfect for me, and the cabinets give me storage, although not enough.LOL

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    This is my newest cutting table. I still use the dining room table for big length of fabric cuts. It is an old fashioned drafting table and I love that the top is elevated so I am not craning my neck to cut anymore. I can lower it all the way flat if need be.

    About 1/3 of the table has thick butcher block that stays flat and fits my backup sewing machine.
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    What great sewing rooms ya'll have...I'm just plain jealous :mrgreen:

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    I bought a cutting table from Nancy's Notions online. It folds down to store a way in a very small space. It had castors on it and came with an ironing cover and a scrap basket. It is also taller. I'd post a pic but my camera is dead. I'll get it charged up and see if I can add it here.

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    What great cutting tables everyone has. I'm getting lots of ideas. Thanks for posting pictures.

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    That looks like the ideal sewing room,however mine has to double as a guest / computer room.My husband mde me a fold up table,so it goes back against the wall when the room is a bedroom,I disguise it with a walhanging. When the legs fold down it's the perfect height to stop my back from trouble.I store all my fat quarter in wheeled four and five drawer cabinets so they can be easily moved out -- usually to our bedroom.Other fabric is under our bed ,in a chest and on the floor of all the wardrobes !!! My friends laugh when they see how many hiding places I have.The back of bookcases and under couches are great for cutting boards.greetings to you all. Letty

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    My DS made me one this summer. He took a ¾ inch piece of plywood, cut it down to 3 x 6 feet, attached folding legs (from the Home Depot). He reinforced the edges with 1 x 3 inch pieces along the sides. Then I covered it with low loft batting and stripped fabric from WalMart. This way, it is both a cutting table and an ironing table. The stripped fabric makes it easier to line up your strips or pieces. I also added 1inch PVC pipes to the four legs to bring it up to my height. (I’m 5’6”)

    He also did the same thing for a sewing table for me (also in picture). He cut out a space and built a shelf so both my sewing machines will fit in it. He also glued a ¼ inch piece of some kind of laminate on top so it is very smooth. I plan to iron an edge strip on the front of the table so my material will glide over the edge better. The sewing machine in the picture is my 41 year old New Home (old name for Janome???). It is a workhorse, but doesn’t do any of the quilting stitches.

    I am sure I paid less than $100 for both tables.
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    He also made me a design wall. We took a piece of "sound board" (from Home Depot), reinforced it with 1x2 inch strips in an X pattern and around all four sides. Then I covered it with a piece of WalMart polyester batting. The batting holds the material up well enough, but for anything heavier, you can just put a pin in it. As you can see from this picture, it is holding up my almost-finished quilt for same DS. (Aren't I a lucky Mom?) :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandybeach
    He also made me a design wall. We took a piece of "sound board" (from Home Depot), reinforced it with 1x2 inch strips in an X pattern and around all four sides.
    you are a lucky mom! can you tell me what the 1 X 3 strips were made of?

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    fabricluvr, they were just wood strips. They were put on the back because the sound board is not very sturdy and would not have stood up alone.

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    Wow, those are all nice. My cutting table is my dinner table. Jealous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandybeach
    fabricluvr, they were just wood strips. They were put on the back because the sound board is not very sturdy and would not have stood up alone.
    sorry to be a pain, but this looks to be exactly what i need. so is it attached to the wall or just leaning/free standing?

    thanks!

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    fabricluvr,

    Not a pain at all. It is just leaning up against the wall. The board is not always called "sound board", but if you tell the hardware store you want a 4x8 sheet of board that you can stick pins in, they should know what you are talking about. In our Home Depot it is all the way to the back of the lumber department, on a bottom shelf. I actually got the idea from the "Quilt in a Day" show. She covered hers with auto headliner fabric and it probably holds the blocks on much better, but I can't afford headliner material.

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    I am very fortunate in that when a shop was going out of business, I purchased their cutting table. My DH put large rolling balls on the bottom. It has shelves underneath for storage. AND, more important it is the correct cutting height.

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