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Question for the knowledge base here, and I know it is EXTENSIVE.

I have to make a table for SWMBO. She will be using it for a cutting table for material as she is a rabid quilting addict. Said table will be approximately 2' deep, and approx. 3' long and about 40" tall. My question is will it be stable enough with just straight sides on it, or will I have to make some feet for it that will extend front and back for added stability?

Also, it may, or may not, have drawers in it. If it has drawers, opening them will contribute to the instability. I'm thinking pull out carts or tubs on wheels but the jury is still out on this.

Another thought that just occurred to me would be fastening it to the wall which would eliminate any instability.

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Question for the knowledge base here, and I know it is EXTENSIVE.

I have to make a table for SWMBO. She will be using it for a cutting table for material as she is a rabid quilting addict. Said table will be approximately 2' deep, and approx. 3' long and about 40" tall. My question is will it be stable enough with just straight sides on it, or will I have to make some feet for it that will extend front and back for added stability?

Also, it may, or may not, have drawers in it. If it has drawers, opening them will contribute to the instability. I'm thinking pull out carts or tubs on wheels but the jury is still out on this.

Another thought that just occurred to me would be fastening it to the wall which would eliminate any instability.

Decisions, decisions....
so after many many many many as in a lot of re-workings for my wife....
questions first...

why so small???
normal entry level tables are 60x36 for yardage and 68x44 for bolts... the most versatile are are 72x46..
adding a drop leaf or two/three will go a long way in you looking good to the wife......
suggest you add at least 4" borders to her cutting mat/grid....
will she have her serger at the table???
don't forget that blocking cloth 46x64(?)...

does your wife use scissors, fabric shear, Olfa knife, electric knife/scissors/blade or some such combination...
what tools does she use to help w/ the cutting..
does she work from bolts or folded yardage...

what worked best here was two open front/back pedestal type cabinets w/ pull through drawers and fine mesh baskets.. two each per pedestal...
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this way works very well for strength and 360° access.. this turned to be a solid asset...
fastening it to a wall won't last long... trust me.. BTDT...

now the edges...
highly polished RO's.. everywhere...

This would have been the week that I'd have finished chewing thru the restraints...
If only new layers hadn't been added....

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Why so small? Because that's the way SHE wants it.

She has a LOT of stuff crammed into a bedroom and this is what she came up with to try and create some free space. It's the size of her cutting mat. She currently has a 3'x4' table in there, which I think she should keep for the reasons you mentioned... at the very least it should at least be 3'x3' which would be a lot more stable than the 2' depth. She doesn't buy whole bolts, usually 4-5 yards at most normally.

No serger, that's on a different table, as is her long arm sewing machine. She uses a rotary cutter with plastic ruler/cutting guide for all of her cuts.

And the "fastening it to the wall" I was just going to put an anchor into the wall for stability, much the same as is done for tall cabinets to prevent them from tipping.

Thanks for the suggestions... I will mention them to her. This is not even on paper yet, so lots of room for changes.

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Whilst this is a tiny version of what you want, the construction is very basic and I'm sure would be fine. I can't understand why a table would require fastening to the wall Brian unless the floor is very uneven.
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Whilst this is a tiny version of what you want, the construction is very basic and I'm sure would be fine. I can't understand why a table would require fastening to the wall Brian unless the floor is very uneven.
Harry, I was concerned with it's stability. Narrow table, high height. I was afraid if my granddaughter got in there helping Oma out, it might fall over on her. That was the reason for the thought on fastening it to the wall, to prevent it from falling over. It's a work table, and as such, it will have certain stresses and movement to it that a normal table might not have.

The construction is not in question, it's basically a board with legs under it... the only question will be how fancy I wish to make it.

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Brian, I see a huge amount of frustration, working on a fairly shallow table with one of the long sides blocked by a wall. Everything that I've ever seen to do with tailoring/sewing involved being able to walk around the item being worked on. My Mom and sisters used to commandeer the dining room table for doing the pattern layout and cutting.
My crystal ball sees a dedicated sewing room in your future...
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Why so small? Because that's the way SHE wants it.
size matters...
add drop leafs...

the wife had a 10 needle, 30 spool, self loading/feeding sewing head w/ a 42x table and she always complained it was too small...
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I made the cutting table for my wife below. The top was $5.00 at work from an old desk and the legs were on a small table I also bought at work. My wife is about 5"8 so she wanted it tall for standing when working on it. the top is about 36 X 64 by 38" high. the casters are locking the wheels and swivel. I then put a 48 in long shelf under it and on the back for a nice shelf and made it stable. I may put 2X6 under the leg to get the table a little taller.
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Brian, I see a huge amount of frustration, working on a fairly shallow table with one of the long sides blocked by a wall. Everything that I've ever seen to do with tailoring/sewing involved being able to walk around the item being worked on. My Mom and sisters used to commandeer the dining room table for doing the pattern layout and cutting.
My crystal ball sees a dedicated sewing room in your future...
Dan, she already has a dedicated room... unfortunately, it's not big enough, but it's as big as she's going to get. So, no walk around for her.

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