Posted January 6, 2014
Okay, so I'm a slow woodworker. I ordered this in Feb of 2012 and only just recently finished the sewing table for my wife (but before Christmas). The lift works great and was easy to adjust for the second level. Instructions could have been clearer but that's pretty much par for the course. Well worth the money.
First, the plans were chronologically written,...
Posted May 27, 2013
First, the plans were chronologically written, however you have to refer to the drawings as well as written narrative as everything is not in the narrative. As other reviewers wrote, this is a fairly complex piece and some of the tolerances leave little room for error in measurements and positioning of hinges. The biggest issue is the width of the opening which is 22 3/4 ". Newer quilting sewing machines have deeper throats meaning a wider machine. Before starting, I strongly suggest a paper template that measures the 22 3/4" wide, then position the sewing machine as far to the right without going off the paper, and then look at where the needle on the sewing machine is positioned on the paper/opening. The needle is where business takes place and your seamstress is going to want it as close to center on the opening as possible. I ended up rebuilding the right side of the base from scratch and narrowed it to the same width as the right side. This gave me an extra 6 inches in the opening so I could move the machine to the right 6 inches which brought the needle closer to center although still left of center- it was at least useable without my wife having to straddle the drawers on the left. Another option is to leave out the right side base altogether. Other changes I made, I made raised panel doors, used oak instead of cherry, made the feet 1/2" shorter but wider and deeper to accommodate and hide casters. This is a very heavy piece. I used old wooden spools of thread for the door handles that came from my grandmother's sewing stuff. I coated them several times with polyurethane for protection. I used the recommended lift, and it is well worth the money, but it didn't come with mounting screws. I also used the recommended "hardware package" , and several of the brass screws, washers, etc. as well as screws for putting this piece together were not included. I also didn't use the provided door knobs, so for me those were a waste.
When I was looking at sewing...
Posted September 12, 2012
When I was looking at sewing cabinets, they were pricing in over 2,000$ for what I wanted. Looking at the brochures and the help of this item, I was able to produce a large sewing cabinet with a Ton of workspace, this lift, and other features for well under 500$ including wood, lift, other hardware, stain, and poly for final finish. It's held up durrably for at least 10 years now. When I injured my shoulder, I was still able to get my machine in place by simply pushing down on the top of the machine and letting the lift raise it for me. If you're making a sewing cabinet for yourself or someone else, this product is a MUST!
I am very impressed with this...
Posted August 10, 2012
I am very impressed with this lift, at this price. I'm building a sewing cabinet for my wife, as I've found that any grade above 'cheap pressboard quality' is well over the $1,200 mark. I've been looking for a decent air lift, and most manufacturers don't seem to sell them direct, and the ones that were available are over $300 for the lift alone. I was unsure what I was getting, but expected quality from Rockler. It arrived this week - this is the same Horn brand airlift that is available elsewhere for $350+, and used in their $2,000 tables. I am thoroughly impressed at the quality and price.
This cabinet was made for me...
Posted August 15, 2011
This cabinet was made for me by a carpenter that lived 4 hrs south of me but I knew him and his workmanship from previous work he had done in our home. He made me a beautiful cabinet that is solid oak and he also added an extension on the back for me. There is a definite flaw in the pattern/directions. The sewing machine should not be centered to the opening where you sit, the needle area should be. I was really disappointed when I picked up my cabinet with my sewing machine in it and saw how it was sitting in the cabinet. I have to sit off centered with my legs touching the drawers on the left hand side and even that doesn't really put me in front of my needle. My suggestion is to either leave off the drawer and opening on the right hand side and move the lift mechanism over that way or at least make that area 1/2 the size it is so that the lift mechanism is more to the right side of the table. I wish I lived closer when the cabinet was being made so that I could have checked it out at different stages and maybe the cabinet would have gotten modified. I didn't ask the carpenter what he thought about the pattern/directions so I don't know if they were easy or hard to understand.