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Project of the Week: Sewing cabinet is good to go

Don and Dave Runyan provide plans for carpentry projects.
BY Don and Dave Runyan Published: February 25, 2013

Although it may not be obvious at first, when you think about it, sewing is a lot like woodworking. Both require specialized tools and supplies, not to mention time, patience and hard-won skill. And, just like woodworking, sewing transforms raw material into useful and beautiful things. There is one big difference, however. Many woodworkers have dedicated space for their hobby, while most sewing projects wind up spread out on the dining table.

This easy-to-build sewing cabinet project makes any room a sewing room, no matter where you live. It has space for a sewing machine, notions, patterns and more, plus a big, foldout tabletop for measuring and cutting. When it's time to put everything away, the whole project transforms into a handsome cabinet, and casters make it easy to move it from room to room.

Made from birch (as pictured; other species will work as well), the cabinet measures 36 inches long by 20 inches wide by 31 inches tall when closed. When open, the tabletop is 72 inches long by 20 inches wide.

The Sewing Cabinet plan, No. 887, is $9.95 and includes step-by-step instructions with photos, full-size traceable patterns, construction diagrams, a materials list and cutting layout and a toll-free help line.

A package of sewing furniture plans, No. C135, is $20.95 and includes plans for this project plus plans for a folding work table and a notions cabinet. Please include $4.00 per order (not per item) for postage and handling and allow about two weeks for delivery.

To order by mail, clip this article and send it with a check or money order to U-Bild Features, c/o The Oklahoman, 821B S. Tremont St., Oceanside, CA 92054. To order by credit card, or to request a free catalog, call 1-800-828-2453. Visit U-Bild on the web at


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