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Skinny Work Table

Started by 65Buick, September 17, 2017, 12:42:41 pm

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65Buick

I know most folks here are working from a larger commercial shop or dedicated shop. But I might as well ask.

Going to build or modify a worktable. It's going to be the standard 20" depth to allow for car parking during the night. I plan to use hinges to attach a board to the side of the table to accomodate pattern lay out and fabric cutting.

If I had room for a ping pong table I'd probably just do that. But, I don't.

Maybe folks have a few suggestions for me. I'd appreciate it.

kodydog

September 17, 2017, 07:32:56 pm #1 Last Edit: September 17, 2017, 07:37:31 pm by kodydog
My wife use to park her car in the garage, until we sold our country house with my shop. She knew when we sold that house she would have to give up the garage so I would have someplace to work. I built storage shelves, floor to ceiling on each side of the garage. You could still fit two cars inside but it would be pretty tight.

That is until I moved everything else in. Cutting table 60" wide by 10' long. Sewing machine with extension table. A work bench with drawers I inherited from my dad. And 4 free standing shelves for more storage. Plus a refrigerator and the washer and dryer and the air handler for the air conditioner are all inside the garage. Its tighter than a gnat's arse but we make due. The most frustrating thing is having to move stuff around each time I start a new project. My day usually starts around 9:00 in the morning and ends at 7:00 in the evening. I can't imagine having to rearrange everything every night to fit a car. It would be a real productivity killer and Rose understands this.

I could probably get buy with a cutting table half that size but when working on difficult and unusual patterns I really need to be able to roll the fabric out so I can make the best use of the yardage.
There cannot be a crisis next week. My schedule is already full.
http://northfloridachair.com/index.html

SteveA

Buick
A suggestion is to make two identical 20 in. tables so when you need more surface space you put them together but store them separate
SA

65Buick

Kody your old situation sounds to be my current. My daytime work space is where my wife parks at night. The other side of the garage houses the '65. It's not going away, anytime soon.

So there is a fair amount of re-arranging going on but for now it's ok. Should I get a mega job I could roll the '65 out and park my van in our guest parking space.
I have my big Pfaff upstairs in a small 11x11 bedroom. It's a bugger going up and down, especially when trialing panels, etc. But I make it work.

Steve that is a good idea. I could build my 20" table with large panel on the back x 2, then I might end up with a table about the same size as Kody's 10 footer. I like the keep the front open because I don't like a work table that you can't pull up a stool and scoot yourself in.

kodydog

Check out this post from 2011. Scroll down to bobbins answer. Unfortunately her photos have been deleted but she gives a pretty good description of her folding work table.
http://www.upholster.com/upholstery-forum/index.php?topic=9485.0

Sure would like to see a picture of that 65 Buick
There cannot be a crisis next week. My schedule is already full.
http://northfloridachair.com/index.html

gene

I recently bought my daughter and her husband a ping pong table for their basement. Both sides of the table fold straight up for storage. You can put one side down or put both sides down. With both sides being able to be folded straight up I wonder if this would be of use to you?

gene
QUALITY DOES NOT COST, IT PAYS!

sofadoc

"Perfection is the greatest enemy of profitability" - Mark Cuban

65Buick

Quote from: kodydog on September 18, 2017, 06:20:05 pm
Check out this post from 2011. Scroll down to bobbins answer. Unfortunately her photos have been deleted but she gives a pretty good description of her folding work table.
http://www.upholster.com/upholstery-forum/index.php?topic=9485.0

Sure would like to see a picture of that 65 Buick


http://gdurl.com/MOEc
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The first pic is against the amazing green hills of Nipomo when it actually rained.
The second is taken the day I put the 5 spoke wheels on.

17.5 years I have had Ruthy now.

SteveA

I always liked the look of a two door car - they don't make em like that anymore !
Two tail pipes  ?  Wheels are looking good and that part of the world isn't bad either.
SA

65Buick

Yes Steve originally the car had a small v8 that was 300cu.in.
It was swapped for a SBC 350 15 years ago and at that time I added dual exhaust.

kodydog

Holy cow, that car looks like its leaping forward when its standing still. Very nice, I see why you want to keep it garaged.
There cannot be a crisis next week. My schedule is already full.
http://northfloridachair.com/index.html

65Buick

Thanks Kody. I have had her my entire adult life, essentially.
I searched for a Chevy Chevelle but could not find a reasonable deal. I came upon this car with my Dad and we both said 'that's a nice car'
I did a diy restoration over 10yrs ago and painted it myself with acrylic enamel. A guy did the upholstery for me but it now has seen better days, especially the front seat.
I mostly just like to drive her now. I don't show, or toil endlessly. 55 on a back country road listening to the rumble is a great stress killer.

SteveA

My first car was a 68 cutlass - I wish I still had it.  Paid $ 1000.00 in 1971 - had 24,000 miles - years later I bought the Cutlass Supreme Classic it was the last year they made it unfortunately had to change it for a station wagon for work - miss that car as well. 
SA

65Buick

The Olds & Buick cars of that period were very similar. I like the boxy style so I also considered a 64-67 olds.

I grew up riding in station wagons and have fond memories of them. We had an olds with a 455 big block. My dad tried to drive it through arizona heat with us, and it overheated.