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Date: 10/13/13 5:44 PM

I was thinking of making a sewing table using a narrow bifold door resting on two low nightstands, similar to the filing cabinet table concept. I am short, so was aiming for a tabletop height of 23 or 24 inches. The nightstands I found are lower and less deep than filing cabinets.

What I am mostly wondering about is, can I just rest the door on top of the nightstands, or do I need to screw or glue the door on? I would like to be able to break down the contraption and easily move it.

Anyone have experience with this? Or any comments or ideas?

If none, I can always try it then attach the tabletop if it is too unstable. I haven't bought the components yet.

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Date: 10/13/13 6:13 PM

You can make a frame on the underside of the door to fit over and encase the tops of the nightstands. Leave just enough extra space to be able to pad and protect the nightstand tops.

Were you planning on using a hollow core door or something solid? Particularly if it is a hollow core door, you will probably need to reduce the width of your kneehole space to lesson the span supporting your machine. And, again, if it is a hollow core door, aim to keep the weight of the side of the machine as close to the support as possible. If you want to maximize the span and need more support, four inch PVC pipe cut to height can be an additional midline support.

For your initial trial you could use non-skid shelf liner and be extra cautious.

Sounds like a great idea!

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Date: 10/13/13 6:17 PM

I have a table made with a solid core door on top of a Sears Craftsman tool cabinet. There is a cutout in the door for my machine.
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Date: 10/13/13 11:12 PM

In college, I used stacks of milk crates and the hollow core door I popped off the closet. It wasn't elegant - it was free! And I sewed quite a few nice things with that simple set up.

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Date: 10/13/13 11:13 PM

Thanks for the input! I found smooth surfaced bifold doors on the Menards website, but it doesn't say whether it is hollow core or solid core. I would insert a link but am writing from a tablet computer and have trouble copying and pasting on it. I also have 2 young kids so try to do as much research online to minimize the hassle with the kids in the store.

I like the PVC pipe support idea. I don't need the entire 80 inch door height as the length of the table, but it might be easier to keep it if the door is hollow core since I wouldn't know how to finish the edge.

I'm debating on an 18 inch versus 20 inch table top depth, but am leaning towards the narrower. I don't quilt so I find I just junk up any extra area in back of the machine.

I'll plan on making an underside frame. The shelf liner is also a great idea. Thanks so much!

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Date: 10/13/13 11:16 PM

Did you do anything to secure the door down?

A tool cabinet would provide lots of storage! I'll have to check on how short they come.

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Date: 10/13/13 11:19 PM

Good to know! At the pace things take me, it might take me a while to build a frame. In the meanwhile I can try just resting the door on the nigtstands. I haven't come into contact with milk crates since college myself!

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Date: 10/14/13 0:23 AM

I made a table from half of a solid bi fold door. I used adjustable table legs from Ikea for the base.

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Date: 10/14/13 0:59 AM

I use oak file cabinets that are apx 26" high. My doors are 24" wide with the hole for the doorknob drilled out (great for cords!)
My theory is if you get enough machines and other sewing stuff piled on them, they are not going anywhere so no need to screw down. An added bonus? I have the rolling Iris 6 drawer carts from Office Depot (?) --great for embroidery thread collections and other sewing stuff you need to store. The JUST FIT under my "tables" and leave enough room for the foot controls of the machines. One word of caution: the carts are just high enough so that a serger pedal can shimmy under the cart and when you take your foot off the "gas" of your machine, it doesn't STOP!
-- Edited on 10/14/13 1:00 AM --

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Date: 10/15/13 12:01 PM

The Crafsman cabinets have a depression on top - my husband cut a piece of plywood to fit, then fastened it to the underside of the door. It keeps it from sliding around when I'm using it for cutting. The door with everything on it is heavy enough to hold it in place.
Deb

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