And my best customer (my wife Peggy) threw down the gauntlet! When one of the boys moved out and freed up one of the larger bedrooms, she took it over as a sewing studio. She has the sewing table/desk I made for her as a wedding gift, and it was made with a fold out leaf to make it usable as a cutting table as well. But now that she is sewing considerably more, and has a dedicated sewing room, she asked for a cutting table. The request was for a table taller than the desk so that she didn’t have to bend over as much to lay out the fabric, pin the pattern and cut. She also asked that it break down in some way to be stored out of the way, preferably small enough to go into the closet. I scratched my head for several weeks trying to come up with a design. I toyed with an accordian style support, but could not work that out to be small enough to go in the closet. I finally took inspiration from my radial arm saw table, which has 2 leaves supported by gate leg supports.

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But since the cutting table would be 36″ wide, instead of the 18″ of the saw table leaves, it would need 2 gate legs under each leaf. This is how it turned out:

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It is 73″” long and 36″ wide when completely unfolded, then collapses down to 36″ wide x 36″ high by 10″ deep when folded up for storage.

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It is mounted on soft urethane wheels so as to not scratch the newly refinished floor in her sewing room, and also makes it easy to move around, whether collapsed for storage or extended for use. It can be extended to its full 73″ length, or only one side extended to make it 36″ x 42″

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The gatelegs all fold up inside the center box when it is collapsed

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The top is covered with bright white laminate, for easy visibility and to not snag delicate fabrics.

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