Published on June 11th, 2013 | by IH guest


New customized sewing room cutting table

Materials: 3 (2 x 2) Expedit Shelves, 7 Capita Legs, Wood Screws, Pressed Board 79 x 118 cm, Butcher Block 100 x 140 cm, Sand Paper, 10 L-Brackets, Wood Stain or Wax, Good Strong Partner Willing to Help

Description: I am really EXCITED to share with you my new sewing room cutting table.

This table measures roughly 100 x 140 cm.

Before we bought a house, I always did my sewing at the kitchen table. We didn’t have a formal dining area, so this multi-purpose room (sewing, breakfast/lunch/dinner, homework, crafting) got a little crowded at times.

When we first moved in, my husband was kind enough to offer me his office table which is 180 x 60 cm. This is really a great table and matches another smaller table of 120 x 60 cm (both from Ikea) which I wanted to use for my sewing. Of course, it is great to have such a LARGE table for basting and laying out patterns, and I was really thankful that my husband offered it to me, BUT I thought it took up too much space in my room to serve just one purpose of a table. I wanted storage room under the table. Do you know what I am talking about? I read blogs and looked for solutions and found that other sewers also had the same “beef”. I need it simple-easy-practical (and multi-purpose).

Let’s Get Started:
We started by putting the shelves together per Ikea instructions. (My husband has become THE Ikea furniture builder the last couple of months.) After I sanded the edges of the pressed board, we then set it on top and screwed them in place. There will be a one centimeter gap between the shelves that butt up back to back. That is one reason why the additional board is needed. Then attach the legs. We were very calculated when lining up and measuring the distance of the legs. I am a quilter and have all of the necessary tools. ;-) Please refer to diagram for a better idea of where to put the wood screws; remember, there is a gap between the shelves. (We first attached only six legs and found that it needed more stability in the middle. Seven legs give a good design and added stability.) Here is a good stopping point.

After we got the butcher block from the home improvement store – we had to order and wait on the wood, my husband put a wax a stain on the counter. I didn’t want a dark stain and was pleased with the natural look but KNOW that I will have a cup of coffee on the top and with it a stain. A clear lack coat would not work for me, because I didn’t want the red beech wood to show through. So, we needed a water-resistant coating. We choose a birch coating just to knock of the look of redness of the beech wood. One coating is enough. Let it dry for a couple of days. Sand with fine sand paper.

Oh, my hubby only stained the top and sides per my request. If your counter top is not super flat, you will want to stain the side that is bowed up like a boat. When the board is screwed down to the base, it will level out better.

Then we put the counter top on the floor right side down and the base on top. We centered the base, pre-drilled wholes for the wood screws and screwed the L-Brackets to three adjacent sides of the counter top. The base was flipped back over and counter top was slid over one end. Then the counter top was screwed to the last side and then to the base. We carefully flipped the table back over one last time and voila!

See more of the Expedit craft table.

~ Karen Ackva, Günzburg, Germany

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8 Responses to New customized sewing room cutting table

  1. What a fabulous idea. Thankyou so much for sharing… Just to note that if you wanted this table at a certain height you can purchase legs that extend… Well done and happy sewing and crafting.

  2. Isabelle says:

    Hi, can anybody telle me how high the table is when its finished? I want to make this for my sewing room but I want to be sure its high enough. Thank youii

  3. Stephanie says:

    Do you think it is possible to make this with just 2 so there is a place to sit and push a chair into? And also would wheels with locks work just as well?

  4. Kristine says:

    The Expedit shelving is now called Kallax. The drawer units are available at Ikea to fit inside the Kallax. The drawer units are about $20 each. I am building one of these now. The butcher block is really expensive. I am going to use a sheet of plywood 36 x 48 and an buying a self healing cutting mat of the same size. The mats are available online for about $100. The manufacturer sells industrial strength double stick tape to keep the mat in place.

    • Libby says:

      In regards to the self healing cutting mat, do you have a website for the company you used? Am looking everywhere and cant seem to find the right place.

      This is going to make an amazing birthday present for my mum.

  5. Geraldine says:

    Hi can you tell me where you got the drawers to slide into the bookcase please.
    As I have the same bookcase at home and would love to add drawers to it .

  6. Tracy Tracy says:

    That is a really gorgeous piece there. I can’t want to try this for myself. It is just what I need for my craft room.

  7. Janis says:

    Is this something available at IKEA? if so what is the cost

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