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Sewing Machine Cabinet Plan

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This Sewing Center folds out to provide a spacious work surface and plentiful storage, but when it's not needed, it closes up neatly into a beautiful free-standing cabinet. From the finger-jointed drawers to the mitered door moldings, you'll find much to challenge you in this project. Chosen from among the most popular plans in the Woodworker's Journal, this selection includes plenty of full-color photographs and illustrations, and step-by-step instructions from the author.

Author Rick White, is a long-time woodworker and contributing editor to the Woodworker's Journal.

(1) Detailed Exploded View
(1) Set of Step-by-step Instructions
(1) Set of Elevation drawings
(1) Complete Materials List
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Weight 0.0700
Tech Spec
  • Finished Project Measures Approximately: 30"W x 20"D x 31"H
1.9 / 5.0
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Love it, Plan to build for my wife.
January 4, 2017
over 3 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Sewing machine sits wrong
I have a sewing cabinet using Rockler's plans. I don't have this one, I have the bigger one. I love my cabinet but the sewing machine sits wrong. The needle (sewing area) should be centered in the opening but the pattern doesn't show that. If you look at the picture the needle area is far to the left and it is an awkward way to sew with your knees jammed up near that area. So if you make this just adjust the pattern so that the machine sits more to the right and the needle area is center so that you have more room for your legs.
July 18, 2017
Woodworking Experience:
Missing dimensions much guess work
The Sewing machine Cabinet plans were a great concept but so many measurements were missing. I ended up modifying the whole design using birch wood solid hardwood for the sides, back, bottom and top. I used tongue and groove to connect the sides to the stiles and boarder. I used dove tails for the drawers. There were a lot of dimensions missing such as the total length and width of the base portion. I guessed that you used a cove bit for the edge on the top. I used a roman ogee bit instead. I really had to work hard at making the dimensions precise. More detail is needed with this plan.
August 30, 2015
over 4 years ago
Sewing machine cabinet plans
First time in my life I found plans that had several errors in them.
September 23, 2015
over 6 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
I was disappointed there are no...
I was disappointed there are no dimensions on the plans. I do have some experience with building to make things work, so to speak, but it does take a lot of mathmatics to figure out the cabinet. There are some good pointers and being half way finished my wife is impressed and excited about getting it. /p>
February 12, 2012
Plans require master,novice will have trouble.
Plans require master,novice will have trouble.
January 6, 2009
I bought the plans for the...
I bought the plans for the dimensions for building the sewing cabinet and installing lift mechanism. There were no dimensions on the cabinet nor the mechanism in the plans. To me the plans were a waste of money. These plans were designed for a master cabinet maker not a novice. Editor's note: Plan incudes dimensions for cutting the pieces needed to construct this cabinet. Instructions for lift mechanisms are supplied with the lift.
November 15, 2008
Not Real Good
I built a sewing desk for my wife several years ago. I did buy this plan. The plan generally gave me of how the desk could be built. But I found the plan was not very useful. After looking at the plan and watching my wife sew, I noticed that she centered on the sewing machine needle. The plan puts the needle near the left edge of the desk. She cannot pull her chair into the opening of the desk while centering on the needle. I changed the design so the needle was near the center of the opening of the desk. She likes the revised design.
March 21, 2017
Woodworking Experience:
Not Good. I would rather rate it at no stars
I bought a plan several years ago. I looked at it and did not follow it. I designed one myself that my wife really loves.

When a person sews, they normally center on the needle of the sewing machine not the center of the machine. The needle for the sewing machine is too close to the left side. This puts the person using the sewing machine in an uncomfortable position when trying to use the sewing machine.

The design requires a larger opening where the needle is near the center of the opening.
December 22, 2015
Woodworking Experience:
There are so many problems with...
There are so many problems with these plans, it is hard to know where to start. First, let me say that the design is exactly what my wife wanted. Next, it is impossible for me to believe that the cabinet pictured was actually built according to the plans. Measurements were off,material call-outs were wrong, and many things just left me guessing. The instructions were terrible, and left out the things most needed. I ended up building a cabinet, but the plans left me in the lurch. I expected more.
March 1, 2012
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Need it for the wife
J.R. on Feb 5, 2020
it is what i needed
Richard S on Jul 3, 2017
Need it for the wife
J.R. on Feb 5, 2020
Plans look OK. Won’t really know until I use them.
Larry S on Apr 27, 2018
it is what i needed
Richard S on Jul 3, 2017
to make it for wife for Christmas
Larry C on Jun 24, 2017
Because, I'm going to build a sewing cabinet as a woodworking project integrated to a sewing center
Federico A on May 30, 2017
Have a Sewing Machine project coming up. Plan to combine best features of this plan with your larger cabinet plan.
Chuck M on Mar 24, 2017
Same as above
JOSEPH M on Nov 18, 2016
used rockler for tools
john a on Oct 26, 2016
To build one for my wife!
Granville T on Jul 27, 2016
Patrick L on Jan 24, 2016
This cabinet is going to be a replacement for my wife's current sewing cabinet.
Jim L on Jan 1, 2016
Appeared to be an easy build. However, it has been quite a challenge do to my modifications of going from a plywood structure to a solid birch wood structure using same dimensions. It requires a lot of guess work. Not to be done by a novice to woodworking.
Charles B on Dec 21, 2015
Depending on where we get assigned she can use the sewing cabinet if we have to store the sewing center.
Leanard P on Nov 21, 2015
Another project for my own home, and possibly for some others.
Harlen H on Nov 9, 2015
Wanted to make this for a gift
gene on Jul 28, 2015
need for the wife
clifford c on Jul 16, 2015
mistake did not order
Paul T on Apr 15, 2015
Plans look OK. Won’t really know until I use them.
Larry S on Apr 27, 2018
to make it for wife for Christmas
Larry C on Jun 24, 2017
Is this a downloaded plan, or one actually sent to me in the mail?
A shopper on May 25, 2015
BEST ANSWER: It is a hard copy sent in the mail.
It has only 3 levels. How do I adjust it for the stitch plate will be even with my particular Juki Exceed 300 machine? Does it work by where to attach to the back of the cabinet at a certain level?
Kim L on Oct 24, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The three levels are top, middle and bottom or storage level. The top is simply level with the top of the table so the entire machine is above the table. The mid level is adjustable so the machine sewing level is at the table level. The bottom setting is for storage so the entire machine is below the top of the table and an insert can be used to cover the hole creating a flat table work surface. The unit attaches to the back of the cabinet pushed up against the bottom of the table top. You make a platform for the machine to sit on that comes flush to the table surface when in the top setting. This is a top quality product.
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