The Cutting Table
One day a girl decided to open an online fabric store. Her husband, being ever so supportive, brought home an old desk top that was being thrown out at his work and rigged up a cutting table using some 2x4s he had lying around (with fabric to wrap around it and hide the 2x4s). And it worked. No one really saw it anyway since it was an online shop….until the girl decided to do a quilt and fabric show. It just wasn’t sturdy enough to stand up to the wear and tear put on a poor cutting table during a show where hundreds of people came through each day. Plus it wasn’t all that pretty.
The girl had seen and loved this table on her friend’s blog. She even had a friend here in Tucson that had done the same thing. So the girl set off to convince the husband that this was what she needed. The girl can be very persuasive (one might even say a little melodramatic at times 😉 ) and after modifying a few details in the plan, the husband signed off and a trip to Ikea was planned.
One change that needed to be made was for the whole unit to be longer. The cutting table needed to be able to easily cut yards and yards of fabric and still have room at one end to set the bolt. So two Expedit Bookcases and one Expedit Shlefing Unit were purchased.
The unit, if it was to be taken to various markets for fabric shows, needed to be a little easier to transport. And so wheels were also purchased at Ikea. At Home Depot, the husband purchased two big sheets of plywood and a couple of smaller pieces of wood to build a frame for the top. The bookcases were all hooked together and then attached to the plywood. (It is very sturdy!) The wheels were then attached to the bottom. (Yay! It can easily move around or be locked in place!) The new cutting table worked so well at the Quilt and Fabric shows that the girl participated in!
For the top, the husband built a frame and then attached a piece of plywood to it. Originally it sat up a few inches (as you can see in the photo above) but now that the fabric store is closed, it just sits on top of the shelves, which makes it a perfect height for the girl to use her rotary cutter. It is just barely bigger than the bottom shelving units and is covered in fabric and then has a really large megamat on it, making it a great surface for cutting. 🙂 The fabric is just stapled around the wood which means that it can be changed as desired – which is handy because the girl, in addition to be melodramatic, can also be rather capricious and likes to be able to change things up.
The girl and her cutting table lived happily ever after.
Tune back in next week for the story of the girl and her sewing tables as well as the girl and her storage units! 😉
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