This was inspired by the easy kitchen island and the easy garage workbench plans. I saw what another person had done so I modified it to my specifications to work as a craft and fabric cutting table. It is 37" high so I can stand and cut fabric comfortably without bending over. I chose 37" because I have long legs and needed a little taller than normal countertop height.
The top is 48"x38" so my cutting mat fits both directions and a yard of fabric fits completely on top. The frame is slightly smaller 44"x34" to allow a 2" overlay on each side. The bottom shelf is 44"x31" and the middle half shelf is 44"x17". I ended up doing a half shelf because I used the leftover scraps from the 4x8 plywood. It works great because I will be able to pull up a chair and put my knees underneath.
The 2x4 legs are set out 1" from the ends. I attached the shelves and table top using L brackets. Due to bad math I ended up with a 1" overhang on the shelves along the 44" side.
The paint I used is Behr brand Spun Cotton in satin finish. It is an offwhite / cream color.
The stain I used is Minwax dark walnut and finsihed it with 4 coats of Minwax polycrylic.
I had an awesome guy at Home Depot do allt he cuts of wood for me.
I used a 2 inch brush to apply polycrylic and a rag to apply stain. Just used a small roller for the paint. Take your time to sand all wood properly. I did 80, 110, then 220 grit to all pieces on the sides that will be seen and touched. Also make sure you sand between topcoats.