Sewing Machine End Table

I bought this sewing machine at a thrift store for $45. Much of the wood was peeling and in poor condition.

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The sewing machine looked nice, but was fully seized up with rust. It wouldn’t be worth the effort to restore it – so I repurposed it.

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I removed the sewing machine – I’ll do something interesting with that later.

I flipped the cabinet over and removed the base. You need a longer screwdriver to get to all the screws.

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The base was in good condition, just dirty and a bit rusty.

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The sides were too tall for an end table or night stand, so I cut them off right above the lugs that held the base together. I clamped a straightedge to the casting, scored it with a grinder, removed the straightedge, and finished cutting.

I used a 4 1/2″ grinder with an abrasive cut off wheel. If you do projects that involve metal, it’s a must-have tool and not very expensive.

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After the cuts were done, I took everything apart and cleaned it up with a wire wheel on a grinder. I didn’t do this perfectly, I wanted a mix of patina and shiny metal.

Whenever I use a grinder, I have leather gloves and goggles on – it’s crazy not to.

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Here are the parts after cleaning and being mostly reassembled. I put a small amount of grease on the bearing surfaces.

It’s really nice to work with this vintage of machine – it’s a small piece of art. The quality and fit are better than anything made today in my opinion.

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I made a simple wood top from some clear 1″ pine. I edge-glued and clamped it. Once dry, I cut it to size and sanded it with 80, then 120 grit paper.

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I put strips under the top so I could mount it to the lugs. I made it fit fairly tight, so I had to tap it lightly to get it over the metal. Once in place, I marked the holes for the lugs. I removed it, drilled the holes, put it back in place, and inserted the bolts.

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The only thing I need to do before it goes in the house is to find some rubber caps for the feet.


Time and Money

  • $45 for the machine
  • About 8 hours in total

 

 

 

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