Published on October 29th, 2008 | by Jules Yap


XL cutting table

A husband is a good thing, I’m gathering from these recent hacks. Handy hubby Larry whips up this mega-sized cutting table for his wife’s fabric and sewing business.

He says, “My wife runs an internet-based fabric and sewing business and recently took some office space. She wanted a new cutting table for the space with a couple of requirements: 

  • It had to be big. Really big.
  • It had to be smooth so as not to catch fabric on it when laying out and cutting patterns
  • It had to be high – higher than the normal 35″ countertops

Our solution? A 4′ x 8′ sheet of laminated particle board (from Loews), trimmed with oak, on a couple Ikea Galant bases and legs. The Galant legs extend the table top up to 40″ high, making for a very comfortable working area.

Cool stuff, ideally suited to the task at hand without blowing a bundle (whole thing came in under $350).”

The inaugural stitching-n-bitching round the new table. 

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14 Responses to XL cutting table

  1. Anonymous says:

    The IKEA website shows these legs as adjustable to only 35″ high. Did they discontinue the 40″ high ones?

  2. Anonymous says:

    I live fairly far from our IKEA store. Any way to get a breakdown on the IKEA parts/list so I only have to make one trip?

  3. Leon Poole says:

    It looks cool – but it looks small for a fabric cutting table. I think you could double the size of this table easily..

  4. Just saw this. I don’t know why he said it was $350. IIRC, the two sets of legs came to about $160 (including the frames). The table top cost $40, and I think the strapping cost somewhere in the vicinity of $10. So my recollection of the total cost is in the $200 to $225 area. And I got a GREAT cutting table!

  5. ruky says:

    i find the price is reasonably priced for this size =]

  6. Anonymous says:

    Use the table enough, and it’ll pay for itself.

  7. Anonymous says:

    If you ever tried to buy a proper cutting table, you’d know that under $350 is cheap. Having them built comes in around $800. I own a drapery workroom and I know. The kind of table you need isn’t the cheapo fold up table you find at Walmart

  8. Xiao Xing says:

    Its do seem expensive..

  9. Bunster B says:

    $350 is far too expensive in my opinion.

  10. Martha says:

    I have been admiring this table since I first saw it on Ann’s blog. I have some questions, though.

    1. Do you just use the bases of the two desks and not the table top?

    2. Did you trim the laminated particle board with oak yourself?

    Of course, you realize that this qualifies you as “best husband ever”!

  11. Lori says:

    You can also make this same thing without the oak trima nd just use a router to give the edge a nice smooth finished look. Laminate comes in all colors too!

  12. Anonymous says:

    $350 for a cutting table? That seems expensive to me!

  13. Anonymous says:

    Awesome cutting table. My father made one for my mom and had the same requirements: huge, soft edges and high. Great job!

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