A couple of weeks ago I was informed that the Pink Parrot Grill (a restaurant in the building I work in) was doing a total renovation of there dinning room and they were selling all of its contents at a very low cost. "It was like lightning struck"! I instantly knew how I was going to resolve my homeless sewing machine dilemma.
I purchased two of the two top dinning tables and started to go to work.
I flipped the first one over and took off the base.
Measured the flatbed of my brother and drew it onto the table top. I used a 1" drill bit to take out the corners. That also worked really well because the corners of my brother were curved.
Then I used a jigsaw to cut out the rest. The table top was so thick that even after cutting it I had to tap it out just to get it to drop out.
I sanded smooth all the edges.
Next I cut a piece of 1/2" plywood the same length of my opening but 1 1/2" wider on each side.
Then I drilled four holes two on each side and inserted a 4" screw with a washer for each one.
I also bolted them down tight from underneath. Marked my plywood and drilled four more holes and slid the plywood down into the screws. I then put a washer on each screw and a wing nut so I could adjust the plywood so my sewing machine would sit flush with the table top.
Love when a project comes together!
The second table I cut exactly in half to make the leaf out of.
I picked up all the extra bits and pieces I needed from my local Lowe's.
I dismantled everything I previously did and laid my two top sections on the floor so I could install the hinges.
Let me just say, this was some very hard wood. It took me forever to put the screws in.
I then installed the bracket and legs Hmm....for some reason it sorta looks like a cow tipped upside down.
I also installed a length of wood with a wing nut to hold up my leaf. It is able to be loosened and turned out of the way.
Turned it right side up and put everything back together. I added a rubber mat to the inside of the well.
A view from underneath with the machine in place. See what I mean about the wing nuts and how they can adjust the height.
All the screws on top are smooth so the fabric glides right over them.
All done! Now I just need to do some rearranging. Hmm...I might have to move my Singer you see in the background to the other side of the room.
I spent the next two and a half hours rearranging my whole sewing room. One thing just lead to the next. In all it turned out to be an excellent day. I made a brand new home for my Brother Prestige and my sewing room received a good cleaning.
I just want to give a special thanks to the Pink Parrot Grille for supplying me with two wonderful tables. Lowe's Home Improvement for having the four table legs I needed at a great price and last but not least Wallace Hardware for supplying me with all the nuts and bolts I needed to complete this project. I couldn't have done this project without all of you!
Until next time....Happy Sewing! Seam Ripper Joe