Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Cutting Table Plans

(only one more week to enter my Booty Buns giveaway here)

You've been begging . . . . . 
I've been nagging . . . . . 

And guess what?  My man delivered! (Only about 2 years late - but we will take what we can get, right?)
  You might recall my cutting table from my craft room which my husband so carefully constructed to ease my back pain while sewing.  It is counter top height so there is no more bending or slouching over when I work.

It's a life savor too!  Perfect for any kind of crafting.  One reader requested the plans so she could do her cake baking business on.  Really, it can be suited for anything.  
It's hefty and sturdy, 

and portable.  

If you find yourself with a tiny space, it easily allows for more wiggle room

when needed.
There is plenty of surface space to suit all your needs when crafting, sewing, baking or whatever!

If you know how to work the saw, get to it.  If you don't, find a handy man (or woman) that can.  Just hand them the free plans below.

Folding Work Table

The above table can be made out of ¾ inch plywood and pine boards.  The material list includes:
2 4x8 sheets of ¾ inch plywood
4 2x4x8 boards
1 2x6x4 board
3 1x4x8 board
8 3 inch hinges
3/8” dowel
Glue, nails and screws
The cut pattern for the plywood sheets is the following:

 The 2x4’s are cut at 3’ 1” and you will need 6 of them.  One of the 1x4 boards is cut in half at 4’ and the other two are cut into three pieces at 3’ 2” inches.  Using a table saw cut the other half of the 4’ 1X4 in half lengthwise.  The 2x6 is for the feet of the center board and is cut at 18 inches long with tapered tops to match the leg width.  The taper is optional since it is only aesthetic.  The dowel is for the lid of the center box, you will only need two 2 inch pieces. 

            Start by building the center legs by attaching the 2x6 pieces to the bottoms of two of the 2x4’s then connect the two 2x4 legs together with two of the 1x6 boards along the tops then use the third 1x6 to fill in the bottom to form a box.  See picture below.
Attach the table top to the top of the center leg assembly using the hinges and the dowels.  See picture below.

Attach the table top to the top of the center leg assembly using the hinges and the dowels.  See picture below.

Attach the outer legs with hinges and cap the outside ends with the 1x4 you cut in half lengthwise.  See lower picture. 

Folded up the table should look something like this:

I hope these made sense to you.  It's kind of a foreign language to me.  I'm sure you can direct any questions to me and I will continue to nag :)

Thank you dear husband - you're a genius!


Polly @ Helping Little Hands said...

This looks awesome. We're in the middle of having our house built. Our bedroom will have a corner in it just the right size for my craft stuff...every time I think of having a cutting/sewing table there it makes me smile. No more clearing off the dinner table every time I want to sew. It will just be a regular "kitchen" type table that is currently gathering dust in my in-laws barn...but maybe after some of the other more pressing house projects (like adding shelves to the closets) I'll convince my hubby to built a table like this.

Andrea said...

So I am dreaming of a craft room, and that table is quite lovely! Thanks for sharing the plans!

Kellie said...

This is brilliant. I have been looking for a plan for a long time now... cannot wait to show my husband! Thank you for sharing this plan with us!

Missy said...

I was looking for something like this just last night! My craft room is also our guest room so I needed something that can fold up out of the way but I couldn't find anything counter height. I'm so excited! said...

Oh wow- this is incredible! I just got my sewing table this year and a cutting table is next on my list. I would love to make this! And I would love to link to your tutorial if you didn't mind- my readers would go crazy over this.

Monica said...

YEAH! I'm so glad that you finally have put up the plans for this table. I have been wanting to do this for my craft room since I first saw it on your blog. Please thank your husband for finally making the plans.

Michelle said...

I am a fan.

merlinsmomster said...

For those of us with back problems, I think the height could be adjusted to make it possible to work without bending. What a life saver this could be.

Now.....can I make this???

SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime said...

Such an informative tutorial! so I pinned this on Pinterest, posted on fb, and featured at Creative DIYers Club. Please feel free to grab the feature button :)

samantha said...

You literally are my hero!! I was SOOO Stoked when I came across this EXACTLY what I needed!! I cant possibly thank you enough for sharing, Its sad and disappointing when you come across something you Love and or could really need and or use and they dont take the time to share. It most definitely must have not been easy putting this all together but I really Appreciate it!! Thank YOU!!!!!!

Jess said...

What a perfect table! I love it!

Anonymous said...

help i am looking at making your table but cannot get up one of the pictures that show us how to do the first part of assembly which is so frustrating as it is probably the most important one please help thankyou very much.

KimH said...

Awesome.. just found this tonight.. and I've already shown M'honey.. This is PERFECT for my future craft room and he can have the table I have in there now. Thanks to you & your hubby for sharing these plans. This is awesome!

Jodie Hickman said...

This is awesome! I have been looking for plans like this! My husband doesn't know how to do anything like this but I sure can! Thank you SO much for sharing!

Anonymous said...

I have been searching and searing for a folding sewing/ cutting table and everything had disappointed me in one way or another. I just now stumbled upon your DIY table and I love it. It meets all my requirements. But could you please tell me the dimension of the table when fully extended- width, height, depth, and the dimensions when folded. I have a small space and want to make sure this would fit. Thank you!!

Mary Rose Lalli said...

Thank you for sharing these detailed plans. Do you move your table around? I am wondering if I might add caster wheels.

Anonymous said...

Terrible plans

TrophyJoe said...

It looks like this was designed in Sketchup. If so, is the sketchup file available?

ShinyNewThing said...

I was excited to find these plans, and was going to make them. Unfortunately when I actually study them, the measurements do not match the instructions, and the instructions do not create the table in the pictures. The table in the pictures has additional pieces of wood where the legs hinge from the table top, and where the table top wings hinge from the box. Also the table leg braces do not look two feet wide, I would guess they are only one foot wide. The top of the box can't be four inches wide if the lid has to cover the 2x4 leg plus the one-inch wide brace on either side - the lid would have to be six inches wide. The instructions mention 1x6 boards which are not in the materials list, etc. etc. Sadly I will not be able to make this cutting board as I can't guess what actual components and measurements were used. Shame as it looks like it would be very useful.

Anonymous said...

The plan should be used as a starting point not just copy it 100%.I made my version of that table but 3foot by 6foot and put casters on the bottom of the feet. So not many of the demension are the same. In woodworking or carpentry plans hardly ever get built exactly.