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From: ReenieBess
Date: 04-15-2003, 12:22 AM (1 of 10)
twice in my life I have worked with people who used a table top they made from a padded board. I also saw the directions for making this work top in Threads magazine, I think, several years ago. Does anyone know how to make this table top? It involves a sheet of plywood covered with some kind of batting or padding, then some canvas or heavy duck fabric, and possibly gessoed or painted for the last layer. Then you can pin into the fabric while laying things out, and also cut because the surface is nice and taut. Can anyone help me with directions?:nervous:
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From: MaryW
Date: 04-15-2003, 11:17 AM (2 of 10)
Hi ReenieBess, welcome to Sew Whats New. :bluesmile

I think wool car blankets are used to cover the plywood, they are wrapped around the plywood and stapled on the back. Corners are cut down to avoid bulk. Canvas can be the last layer. I heard of this also for a custom made ironing surface.
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From: threads_2002
Date: 04-28-2003, 01:59 PM (3 of 10)
Hi Mary,

I am so glad to be back again. I love the new look. I was lost for a moment but once I was able to log in I found my way quite nicely.

That is great for a padded work table but here is an idea for a cutting/work table.

For the work table/cutting table you will need to purchase a piece of plywood about 3x6 (or 9' is better if you have the space) and cover it with self sticking floor tiles. They work great and there is
no need to wrap or staple anything down. Takes about an hour and wala.... instant "smooth" finish. Best cutting table around.
:bg: The 3x6 table will need aprox. 18 squares and the 9 feet will need aprox. 27 tile squares. This is based on the tiles being 12 " tiles.

Happy Sewing

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From: ReenieBess
Date: 04-29-2003, 01:24 PM (4 of 10)
Thanks to both of you for replying. Both sound like good ideas. I think the wool car blanket is closer to what I remember, as then you can stick pins into it, and also iron on it. Thanks!
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Date: 05-05-2003, 08:17 PM (5 of 10)
I put myself through college making curtains, drapes etc. I made one from a recycled door. The size was perfect. Just cover it with wool or cotton batting and then muslin. The doors can be found at garage sales or salvage yards and can often be cheaper than plywood. And there wasn't any cutting or rough edges!
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From: Llantrisant
Date: 07-04-2003, 01:56 PM (6 of 10)
My work table is the sort found in catering halls,the legs fold under and flat,I keep it up most times and use my cutting mats on both ends.It was very reasonable too,from Staples its calle in canada, they sell everything to do with computers and pencils lol.Serves m y purposes any how .:bg:
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From: Margie Nance
Date: 07-04-2003, 03:25 PM (7 of 10)
To make a table that you can cut, press and pin on, use the following items and layer in this order.

1. Sheet of Plywood. Depending on the size of the table you could use 3/8 to 1/2 thick.

2. R-Board or Homosote. These can be purchased at a local Lowes or Home Depot. This is the product that allows you to pin right into the table.

3. Table padding. A thick dense padding like a dacron or you can use wool army blankets.

4. Untreated Canvas. (No Scotchguard)

Stretch the canvas over the layers. Use a web stretcher to get the canvas nice and tight and staple to the underside of the plywood. Spray the canvas with a water bottle and steam all over to shrink the canvas and make the surface nice and tight.

Using an old ping pong table instead of the plywood works also. Just raise the legs with blocks or bricks so you won't have to bend over as much.

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From: bren
Date: 01-08-2004, 06:56 PM (8 of 10)
Here's what I learned when I took a class in slip making... we cut out on a hard twist rug ... It was great... we stuck are pins in like a pin cushion , :bluesmile
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From: pbknudson
Date: 01-16-2004, 10:03 AM (9 of 10)
My mother-in-law make draperies and her cutting table is an elevated ping pong table. She reinforced the under side with 1X2's or 2x2's so it wouldn't sag. The top is covered with 2 layers of carpet padding and canvas is stretched over the top of that. I just found a ping pong table at a garage sale for $4 and plan to make one for myself. (She got the canvas at a tent and awning store so it was wide enough to cover and staple underneath.)
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From: Pudge99
Date: 01-16-2004, 12:49 PM (10 of 10)
My mother-in-law also uses a ping-pong table. Only she doesn't cover it with anything 'cause then you couldn't use it for ping-pong anymore. She also reinforced it in a rather creative way. She removed the regular legs and stuff and built a table that when you lift the ping-pong table off there is a model railroad track under it. Kind of like those plastic two-in-ones they sell for kids with billiards under the ping-pong.
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