A DIY flatbed sewing machine table made of three desktops and an organizer unit.

DIY flatbed sewing machine table

A DIY flatbed sewing machine table made of three desktops and an organizer unit.
  1. Step 1Assemble the storage cube organizer per the instructions. Place organizer on a level surface. If you don’t have one you can place the organizer on one of the 4 ft. boards.
  2. Step 2Place a cut-to-size piece of shelf liner on the organizer.
  3. Step 3Place a second board on top.
  4. Step 4Place the third board on its side on top of the board on the floor and on the right side of the organizer. Butt it against the top board.
  5. Step 5Draw a line across the standing board from underneath the top.
  6. Step 6Mark front with an R.
  7. Step 7Pick up the board, take it across the top and place it on the other side of the organizer. The end that was facing up is now facing down. You shouldn’t see the line you just made.
  8. Step 8Draw another line on the board.
  9. Step 9You should now have two lines that are close together.
  10. Step 10Mark the front with an L.
  11. Step 11True up the drawn lines with an L or T square. Put on safety goggles. Cut along the lines.
  12. Step 12Melamine has a bad habit of chipping so if you want a cleaner cut click here instructions.
  1. Step 13Trim the two 4 ft. boards with melamine edging. Start by ironing the trim on to the raw edge.
  2. Step 14While still warm, rub a wood block along the entire ironed edge.
  3. Step 15One roll (25 yards) finishes two 2 x 4 foot boards with only a foot to spare.
  4. Step 16Buy another roll if you want to edge the table legs. I chose to paint the legs instead because they will hide behind table skirts.
  5. Step 17Take organizer, table legs and one 4 ft. board to final assembly location. Place top on organizer.
  6. Step 18Place a table leg in position. If you have carpeted floors place the cut edge of the table leg towards the floor. Drill a screw through the top into the table leg 2” in from front...
  7. Step 19...and 3/8” in from side. Add a third screw in the middle. Do same for other side.
  8. Step 20Give the screws a tap to seat it in the melamine...
  9. Step 21...then have at it with the drill.
  10. Step 22The screws countersink themselves.
  11. Step 23Attach corner braces to the back of the unit.
  12. Step 24A trick is to drill in the two outside screws before the two inside ones.
  13. Step 25Don't forget the shelf liner. Place entire base in final position. Paint the legs.
  14. Step 26Paint the legs.

Make the flatbed top

  1. Step 27Measure the width of the sewing machine from the widest point.
  2. Step 28Try pinch-folding a piece of paper around the bed of the machine to help find the widest points.
  3. Step 29Measure the length of the machine bed using a straight ruler.
  4. Step 30Add 2 to 3 inches to any side that has outlets. Make a template out of paper or cardboard. Place the machine on it to double check measurements. A Brother SE400 sewing bed measures 6 x 14 ½ inches with a final template size of 6 x 17 ½ inches.
  5. Step 31Sit at the table. Place the template on the table, then the machine on the paper template. The template should be at least 3 1/2” away from the front edge of the table. Measure the distance from the short end to the machine.
  6. Step 32Make sure the placement is comfortable, you have enough space to the left for fabric, and consider the placement of other machines.
  7. Step 33Trace the template on the final 4 ft. melamine board.
  8. Step 34Drill 4 holes in each corner using a spade bit if you are using a circular saw. If you are using a jigsaw, drill one hole in any corner using a regular drill bit. I recommend the jigsaw (not shown). A jigsaw gives a cleaner cut.
  9. Step 35Cut out the opening.
  10. Step 36Sand all rough areas.

Make the risers

  1. Step 37Measure the height of the machine bed. Subtract 3/4” from the height of the sewing machine bed. This is the amount of wood needed for the risers. My Brother SE400 sewing bed height is 3-1/8 in. The final measure is 2-3/8”.
  2. Step 38Decide on the combination of furring and hobby boards you’ll need to get the top to line up with the sewing bed. The Brother SE400 needed 2 in. furring board and 1 in. furring board, and a strip of shelf liner.
  3. Step 39Cut to 23” long. Make three sets of risers – one for either side of the table and one for the back. Test a 1-3/4” screw to make sure it grips but doesn't go through the bottom piece. Drill in a screw 2” in from either end. Countersink the screws.
  4. Step 40With your machine in place on the base, stack the 23” long strips on either end of the table. Add the third strip across the middle of the table, right behind your sewing machine (red line).
  5. Step 41Place the strip of shelf lining on the strips.
  6. Step 42Attach the two side risers to base top from underneath with a screw. The middle riser doesn’t need screws.
  7. Step 43Place flatbed top on risers.
  8. Step 44Touch up chips with acrylic paint or melamine edging.
  9. Step 45You've finished your flatbed sewing machine table! View and print the shopping list for this project here.
  10. Step 47Hang the cafe rods from cup hooks screwed to the underside of the tabletop. Use a black jewelry tray to cover up the excess space, and to use as a catch-all.