Craft and Fabric Cutting Table

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 09/21/2016 - 10:17

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.

Estimated Cost
Approx $250. The birch plywood was the greatest expense of wood. The other small things added up quickly.
Estimated Time Investment
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Type of Wood
3/4" Birch plywood. 2x4s 2x6s and 1x4
Finish Used
Paint: Spun Cotton in satin. Behr (home depot) brand. Stain: Minwax Dark Walnut. Clear coat: Minwax polycrylic.
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.
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Ana White

Wed, 09/21/2016 - 15:00

I can hardly belive this is DIY!  That birch plywood was worth it, it is lovely!  Thanks so much for bragging, really enjoyed seeing your project!  Ana


Wed, 09/21/2016 - 20:57

Thank you for the kind words! (I am the original poster just made my account after the fact.) And thanks for this wonderful website! There are a few more projects I feel I can take on now that I have completed this one. 

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