For over a decade now, it has been my dream to have a huge workroom table (or craft table) where I could spread out one full drapery panel without the fabric draping over the edge of the table. And now, I finally have that!
Oh my goodness, this is 120 inches by 60 inches of glorious goodness right here. And if I’ve done my math right, that’s 50 square feet, y’all!
I have been sewing draperies since around 2005, and never once have I had a proper table to work on. I’ve used the floor, which is hard on the back and knees. I’ve used a large dining table with extensions, which is never wide enough. And I’ve used a piece of MDF set on sawhorses, which again, is not long enough or wide enough for a length of fabric for a drapery panel.
But now, I have this — two big craft room tables that can be pushed together to form one big 60-inch-wide by 120-inch-long workroom table. It’s a glorious thing.
I added two of these adhesive tape measures (one to each side of the table)…
But I learned very quickly that you don’t want those to go right to the edge of the table. They’re metal, and those sharp ends will cut you. I learned that painful lesson not once, but twice, before I decided to cut them 1/2-inch from the ends of the tables.
That means that I have a section missing in the middle, but I made sure to clamp the tables together, line up the measuring tapes, and adhere both sections to the tables before I went back and cut out that section. So even though there’s a small section missing, the measurements are accurate when the tables are clamped together.
And speaking of being clamped together, I haven’t yet found a way to add permanent clamps to the tables. I thought of using those really strong rare earth magnets (neodymium magnets) to the ends that would connect, but that would require drilling holes into the trim around the edge of the table tops. And then if it didn’t work out, I’d be stuck with having to fill and repair those holes.
So for now, I’m just using two long clamps on the aprons from underneath the table top to hold them together.
That may actually end up being my long term solution. It’s quick and easy, so unless I can think of a better and easier solution, this one seems pretty good.
And they can be easily removed in seconds if I need two separate tables for projects…
Excuse the mess. 🙂 I literally finished the second table at 1:30am this morning, and I was so exhausted that there was no way I was going put all of my tools away.
Anyway, I’m so proud of how these turned out. And in hindsight, I’m so glad that I decided to keep them simple. The open shelves on the bottom help to keep the room feeling open and airy. Had I filled up those sections with lots of cubbies and drawers, they would have looked (and would have actually been) very heavy. As they are, they tables are a breeze to move on those big casters. Even when they’re clamped together, they roll very easily as one big table. And I’ll have plenty of cabinet and drawer storage in the rest of the room.
Now I’m actually excited about sewing! And for me, that’s a rarity. Of all of the things I do, sewing is probably my least favorite. But maybe that’s because I’ve never had a proper work table. This might be a huge game changer for me, and I just might find that I actually really love sewing now that I won’t have to struggle with crawling around on the floor or working on a too-small table where I have to continually shift and move the fabric around.
But for those projects where I actually do need floor space (like upholstering chairs), I can just push the tables right against the wall and still have plenty of space to work.
I think this will work out perfectly. Now as soon as I get my sewing machine back from the repair place (ugh!), I can get to sewing some pink draperies!
By the way, for those of you who have asked for building videos, I did video the whole process of building this second table. I don’t know how long it’ll take me to edit those hours and hours of video, but I’ll post it as soon as I get it done. We can finally put to rest the question of whether or not I actually do these projects myself. 😀
Just joking. In my twelve years of blogging, I’ve only actually ever had about three or four people seriously question whether I actually do these building projects myself. Each time, I thought to myself, “If you only knew my mom, you’d know that there’s NO way she’d let me get away with lying to the internet about my abilities.” 😀 But now I actually have video proof, and I’ll share that later this week.
If you just want to stick with the written instructions for these DIY craft tables that clamp together to form one HUGE workroom table, you can find that here…
In the meantime, I’m going to go gaze lovingly at my new massive workroom table and dream of the things I will now accomplish in there. 😀
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