Sewing machine cabinets are workstations that house your sewing machine and/or sewing materials. You can build your own whether it be a basic set-up that houses only your sewing machine, or you opt for a deluxe cabinet for your sewing machine and sewing materials. Building your own sewing machine cabinets isn't necessarily easy for the average person, so it's important to obtain the right tools as well as a good set of plans before starting a project such as this one.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Challenging
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Things you need
- Plans for the sewing machine cabinets
- Wood of varying sizes
- Measuring tape
- Finishing nails
- Wood putty
- Wood glue
- Varnish or paint
- Hinges (some models)
- Drawer hardware (some models)
Purchase plans for your sewing machine cabinets from a local woodworking or craft store, or find plans online at many sewing-related websites. Measure the space you have to work with and include any special features that you want to include in your sewing machine cabinet.
Determine the type(s) of wood, size and how much of it you will need for the project by referencing your plans. Your plans will also spell out the amount of other materials you will need, including glue, nails/screws, wood putty and other materials. Buy about 10% more material than you will need in case you make a mistake cutting, gluing or nailing.
Measure and cut the wood according to specs in your plans using a hand saw. A mitre saw, table saw or circular saw can greatly speed up the process.
Assemble the wood pieces according to your plans or design. Glue each piece into place for additional support, then place finishing nails 12 inches apart or less for greater support.
If your sewing cabinet has drawers and/or a flip-top table, install the proper hardware, including hinges, drawer handles and drawer slides.
Once assembled, run over all surfaces with sand paper to eliminate rough edges and splintering surfaces. Varnish or paint with a nice shade/colour to match your existing furniture in the space.
Tips and warnings
- Average measurements are height and depth 30 inches, max height and depth 34 inches, leg opening 22-30 inches.
- Don't try to install drawers unless you have previous practice doing so, as drawers typically become difficult and require the expertise of a skilled carpenter.
- It's always best to measure twice and cut once so that you don't waste an entire piece of wood.
- Never cut wood indoors.
- Always use a mask and goggles when cutting wood.
- Make sure there's proper ventilation when applying paint or varnish.
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