Folding Sewing Table

Submitted by Ana White on Mon, 12/28/2020 - 11:34
Difficulty
Beginner
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Build your own folding sewing table from one sheet of plywood!  This is a free woodworking plan by Ana-White.com to help you create a dedicated sewing space, in just a few square feet!  Folds out to 32" x 55", and folds down to roll through doorways and tuck away as an end table.

folding sewing table

Photo by LEXAROO

Folding Sewing Table Plan Features

Build your own folding sewing table from one sheet of plywood using our free step by step plans.  This folding sewing table features:

  • Storage for a sewing machine and sewing basket
  • Fold out wings to increase sewing and cutting space
  • Wheels for easy moving between rooms
  • Narrow profile rolls through doorways

Expandable Simple Sewing Table

Dimensions
folding sewing table dimensions
Table Height, expands out to 32" x 55"

Preparation

Shopping List

1 – Sheet of 3/4" thick sanded plywood or hardwood plywood

2 – 1x3 @ 8 feet long

4 – 2″ Caster Wheels (Overall clearance of 2 1/2″) and screws for attaching caster wheels to the base (3/4" length most likely with a larger head)

5 – Sets of simple hinges (2-1/2" to 3" length) - ten total hinges

2" self tapping wood screws (spax or similar, can use trim screws)

Cut List
  • 2 - 3/4" plywood @ 32" x 20"
  • 2 - 3/4" plywood @ 32" x 26-3/4"
  • 1 - 3/4" plywood @ 32" x 15-1/2"
  • 2 - 3/4" plywood @ 32" x 12"
  • 4 – 1x3s @ 29 1/4″ (Legs – Measure these!)
Tools
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Pencil
Safety Glasses
Drill
Circular Saw
Power Sander
Drill Bit Set

Instructions

Step 1

Lay the plywood out on top of scrap 1x boards or styrofoam.

Mark the plywood every 32" width wise with pencil lines. Set circular saw to depth slightly greater than thickness of plywood.

Cut on the pencil lines to create three equal sized pieces, each 32" x 48".

From the 32" wide pieces, cut down as shown in the diagram and cut list.

Step 2

Assemble the main box as shown in the diagram, using the 2" screws.

Step 3

Attach wheels to base of the cabinet with the caster wheel screws.

Step 4

Position the cabinet face down on the floor and place the leaves next to the cabinet.  Attach on underside with the simple hinges.

Step 5

Measure the overall distance from the underside of the cabinet to the wheel bottom and cut the 1x3s to this length.

Attach legs to hinges and to the underside of the leaves.  You can also use a fold out hinge for added security.

Step 6

Flip the table over and test the leg lengths.  Cut down if necessary.

You want the legs to open slightly past 90 degrees in opposite angles, so the legs are slightly splayed out, to keep the project from collapsing.

You can also use table leg hinges.

Comments

Heidi (not verified)

Thu, 10/21/2010 - 17:46

I love this idea! I was just thinking have you thought of making a table like this only taller for a cutting table? (counter top height)

Sharon Lambirth (not verified)

Fri, 10/22/2010 - 02:28

I have painted plywood with latex enamel with great results! I have used BM METAL & WOOD ENAMEL. Love working with it. I have bought quite a few cans of their Brilliant Red which is an off the shelf color. Covers plywood and any wood exceptionally well. Prime first, of course.

Sheela (not verified)

Fri, 10/22/2010 - 04:46

Right, that makes sense! I must have been tired last night when I asked that one. Thanks!

Verna (not verified)

Sat, 10/23/2010 - 04:43

Thanks. I have loved to sew since I learned in school. But have no room in my tiny house. Thanks I think you have saved me. Plus my husband can make it for my birthday. He won't have to think of a gift, and it won't cost much. Thanks again.

Amy (not verified)

Sat, 10/23/2010 - 07:46

Thank you! I love it and would like to use it for a desk and craft table. I may have to build 2!!!

I still haven't done any projects yet...have some other things I have to get done first but I am so excited!

crIstel (not verified)

Sun, 10/24/2010 - 17:38

Thank You Ana!!! I have 2 sewing machines, and embroidery sewing machine and serger all crammed into my tiny sewing room, Hubby started making me a 4x8 cutting table....I was gonna eliminate all my storage just to have the cutting/ironing table( hehehe I was just gonna take over the dining room) but now I can store all 4 machines underneath in 4 separate cabinets.....and I don't have to give up the storage i currently have!!!! So Awesome, and my family can still have dinner together at the table!!!