Sunday, January 3, 2010

Another Desk to Sewing Table Transformation ---For My Friend Pattykins!

Santa Claus was extra special nice to my friend Patty this year. He brought her a Janome Memory Craft 6600 Professional sewing machine! She was so tickled, and we agreed she needed a nice table to recess it down into. I told her we would keep our eyes open for something at the thrift stores that would work, and Saturday, Louie and I  found just the thing. This desk was only $10.38, and a nice base to start converting the table. I guess I don’t have to tell you there will be lots of pictures.                     sewing table patty 003                       Since my machine and hers are the same, Louie used the opening from my table to make the template for Patty’s.sewing table patty 004                       It took a couple passes, and a depth adjustment with the router bit to get all the way through the desk top….        sewing table patty 007                                …then a little more precision work to get the edges smooth.                     sewing table patty 009 sewing table patty 010                       We used an old cupboard door we had bought for another project, then never used from the Habitat for Humanity Restore for the machine to sit on.sewing table patty 012                       Louie used his antique planer to make the two by fours the right height and smooth. He loves this machine, but it sure does make a mess of things! sewing table patty 013                       The two boards he planed, are the ones on either side of the opening. (That’s the sawhorse you see running down the middle of the opening.) The other triangle shaped board you see was used as a spacer and stabilizer while he attached the boards to the underside of the desk top. He also put in a couple screws from the outside (on the right side in this picture, into the 2x4 for extra strength (minus the triangle shaped board, and a long narrow piece of wood between the 2x4 and the end piece).       sewing table patty 014                       This is the bottom side of what the machine sits on, but when it lived it’s life as a cupboard door, of course, it was the front. (I’m still nuts all about reusing and repurposing!)sewing table patty 016                       Almost done! Just have to flip it over on it’s wheels!              sewing table patty 017                       It fits!  (Of course, I knew it would!) This makes the fourth recessed sewing table Louie has converted from a desk or craft table. He’s pretty good at it by now. (Yep, I’m bragging!) sewing table patty 019                       Next we checked to make sure the knee lift fit and moved freely. sewing table patty 021                       I gave Patty this chair, as it is just the right height. See the big cubbyhole to the left of the chair? That should make some nice storage! It is enclosed on the back, but in this photo, it doesn’t look like it is.                     sewing table patty 023                       This should make a nice big work area for Patty to make her quilt tops and whatever else she feels like creating. sewing table patty 024 sewing table patty 025                       Louie and I delivered the new sewing table right after it was finished. Patty’s son Ryan helped Louie take it in the house. Her machine is already in it, and Patty loved it, just like I knew she would. It feels so good when you do something for someone and you know they appreciate it. It makes all the difference in the world.

Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful week!

Be blessed,

Michelle

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11 comments:

Hazel said...

You have every right to brag Louie does a great job .It's the greatest feeling in the world when you can do something nice like this for someone else .Your generosity will be rewarded .

Regina said...

Does Louie travel? Actually your photos and explanation are so wonderful I am hoping I can use them to instruct my handy hubby to do the same here. Now to just find the desk (my current table is an old door with a glass top - so can't be altered this way)

Amelia said...

Wow, that Louis should be nominated for the "One of the Best Men in the World" contest (if there is one). Anyway, that is fantastic what he (and you) did with this table for Patty. I am sure she was so pleased.

Enjoy the week.

Julie said...

What a great job!!! I love repurposing items like that!! It turned out wonderful! I know she will be thrilled with it for many years to come!!
Blessings,
Julie

StitchinByTheLake said...

You and Louie are constantly amazing me with your repurposing - I love it! blessings, marlene

Candace said...

Wow, what a great job. My brother is a woodworker, and I know that an awful lot is involved. Your friend must be singing both your praises and making repeated trips to go and look at her new machine and table. Sometimes it is fun just to gaze and be thankful.

jillquilts said...

Looks great!! Louie is sooo handy!! :) Lucky girl! ;)

Valerie said...

I tried to leave a comment last night on this. This gift is awesome. He is a smart man! Can you put any sewing machine in any sewing cabinet or does it have to be made especially for that certain machine. I love this idea though. Could I borrow Louie for a few days?

Kristie said...

That looks great! You and Louie are WONDERFUL people!
Kristie

Kristie said...

That looks great! You and Louie are WONDERFUL people!
Kristie

GailM. said...

That is amazing. I bet my hubby could do this after seeing the pictures. I'm going to keep my eye out for a desk just like that... thanks for sharing.

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