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Since I bought a new sewing machine for Sandra this last Christmas. I just finished a sewing cabinet for her.
I needed to get it dome in time for her birthday which is the 24th of June.
Here are some pictures of the finished product.
She has not been able to go out in my shop for the last 3 weeks while I was building it.
I don't think she really wants to go out there this time of year, since I am just like Rick,
I have no insulation and it is very hot out there.
I have been getting an early start and an early quitting time while building this thing.

Here are the pictures.
 

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Pretty nice David
You do realize that sewing machine cabinet are like shops never big enough
 
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Wow, that is clever with the hinged top, haven't seen a design like that before. good job,I like the colors and the drawers match the sewing machine color. The drawer units pivoting on the cabinet doors is a clever idea too. You did a lot of work on that, good job too.

Like the pictures too.
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You got your brownie points in for quite sometime, I betcha.
 

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Nice one, no dog house for you for a couple of days.
 

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Were you "rewarded" for a job well done?
 

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Wow, that is clever with the hinged top, haven't seen a design like that before. good job,I like the colors and the drawers match the sewing machine color. The drawer units pivoting on the cabinet doors is a clever idea too. You did a lot of work on that, good job too.

Like the pictures too.
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Thanks Herb. The cabinets have one wheel under them to roll on. This was my first time using those fold down leaf hinges. They are the ones with the double pins so they will fit flat when open and closed.
I had a heck of a time trying to figure out how to make a jig to router them out.
I made 4 different attempts on scrap wood and they just would not come out right.
I finally drew the out lines of the hinges on the two boards of the top as they were clamped together in an open flat position.
I then used my Dremel with a straight cutter to cut just inside of the lines. Then I used a straight bit like I use to make signs
and cleaned out the middle.

Then for the pin sections of the hinge, I just extended the same bit and cut the slot out for them.

They fit pretty good and are perfectly flat when the top is open.

Do to the length (44 inches) of the top, I used 4 hinges to keep the swing nice and smooth.

It took a bit of thinking after I figured out that the two cabinets could not be the same size and still allow for their swing to open and close them.
The whole closed cabinet is 13 3/4 by 44 by 30, but opens up to 27 1/2 and is supported by the two swing out cabinets. I added 2 , 1/2 inch pieces of dowels
to the back corners of the closed top to allow the top to sit level when opened. The dowels rest on the open cabinets.

I built the whole thing out of wood I already had on hand in the shop. Just had to buy the hardware and had to order the hinges. No one had them.

It was a fun project and I did most of my planning in bed at night. I would worry an idea until I came to a solution and then I would draw it out on a pad next to my

side of the bed. Then the next morning, work on it.

Helps to keep Alzheimer's at bay.

David
 

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Next project, a chair to match. Nice work. As others said, I've never seen one quite like that before,
The only chairs I ever made were two tiny ones for my grand kids when they visited. One had arms and the other did not. One Christmas my 2 year old grand son came to visit.
As soon as he saw those chairs, he grabbed the one with arms and drug it everywhere he went all week end. Then drug it out to their car as they left.
He is 9 now and I have no idea where the chair is.

My newest GREAT grand daughter is just 16 months. I might just add some arms to the remaining chair and paint it yellow like her 3 in one high chair.
I'll bet she will take it home too.
 

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My wife would really like something like that but I don't think it would have enough storage.

Really nice project Dave.
 
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Very nice work, David! Are the door frames painted red or is that the color of the wood with incandescent lighting?

David
I think you are referring to the carcass of the drawers. Yes that is their original color. My Sandra was the Manager of a ladies clothing store here before she retired. These were shelves that the store used before they switched to white shelves. They were going to throw the red ones out so I brought about 40 of them home. This projects gave me a chance to use some of them. They are particle board so added a lot of weight to the cabinet but helps to balance it with the machine on top. There are 6 wheels under the cabinet. Two of them support the weight of the drawers and allow them to swing smoothly. They are all swivel wheels so she can move it around any pace she likes.
 

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How much trial and error and teeth gnashing did it take to get everything to move and fit so it all meshed together? Lot of things going on there.
Would have never thought that the the two cabinets couldn't be the same size. How did you come to that realization?
 

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My wife would really like something like that but I don't think it would have enough storage.

Really nice project Dave.
Give me her Email address Mike and I will send her pictures of this desk. Then we will see how long it takes you to build one,
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