Alrighty, so I offered a little bit more info for my new sewing/cutting table at the end of last year. Today I’ll share how we put together the table. Maybe it’ll work for you too!
I sketched out designs, scoured Pinterest for inspiration, and looked around my house to see what I could do for a new cutting table/sewing table. It was not easy! I already have a cabinet that holds most of my fabric and a desk for my computer, but this new table is in such a great addition.
The height of this table is really easy to customize! I goofed around and searched out different options for height. I ended up settling on my perfect middle, between counter height and desk height, about 34″ tall. I’m about 5’8″ and am quite comfortable both cutting and sewing at this table.
- 1 Ikea Expedit shelving unit
- 42″ wide by 62″ long oak veneer 3/4″ plywood
- (1/4″ x 3/4″) Oak Screen Moulding –  8′ 0” Long (for finishing edge of plywood)
-  10′ 2×4
-  8′ 2×2’s
-  4” lag screws (for attaching ‘legs’ to Expedit and table top)
-  3” deck screws (for making the ‘legs’)
- pickling stain
- water based poly
Nail gun, cordless drill, and someone that knows about woodworking are invaluable.
I believe the pictures show it pretty well how the desk goes together. The 2×2’s are made into 2 rectangular frames and attached to the table top and back of the Expedit cabinet. There are  pieces of 2×4 that go under the Expedit (to add extra height), the other 2×4 goes under the open side of the desk, it attaches to the 2×2 frames and stabilizes the front edge of the desk. Hopefully this sketch will help a little, too:
- 2×2 [cut 4] 20.5”
- 2×2 [cut 4] 32.5” (these are the vertical pieces, if you’d like to adjust the height, make longer or shorter)
- 2×4 [cut 3] 15” (these pieces get attached under the Expedit to raise it’s overall height)
- 2×4 [cut 1] 55.75”
We pickled the top of the desk (oak veneer), it’s such a great look without spending gobs more money on a more expensive veneer or other solid surface countertop. Keeps everything bright and happy.
Everything is held together with the lag screws. And it’s very sturdy. Don’t need a wobbly desk! Anyway, if there’s something that I forgot, please ask away!