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We recently built a new shop which included a large new area for my wife's quilting activities. My wife has been doing the hobby for years and had finally outgrown the original quilting desk that I built for her. Time for a new quilting desk.

The new desk is completely her design as she know's best what works for her. Thanks to mtairymd for the final CAD work and producing the plans which will be available on my website as well as at the end of this Instructable.

Because of the size and complexity of this project, the main quilting desk is 3 videos long and there will be a future Instructable on a utility cabinet that goes with this desk that includes a light box for tracing patterns as well as some additional drawer and shelf space.

Step 1: Tools and Materials

Picture of Tools and Materials


  • Table saw
  • Jointer
  • Planer
  • Track Saw (circular saw and straight edge could be used)
  • Router
  • Drill
  • Jig Saw
  • Band Saw (Jig saw can be used)
  • Brad Nailer (Optional)
  • Festool Domino (Optional)
  • Sander
  • Rasps
  • Chisels


  • 5 sheets of 3/4" Baltic Birch Plywood (cabinet cases)
  • 1 sheets of 1/2" Baltic Birch Plywood (Drawer sides)
  • 2 sheets of 1/4" plywood (Drawer bottoms and cabinet backs)
  • ~150 BF of 6/4 Alder (table top and cabinet trim)
  • ~ 8 BF of 4/4 Alder (Front shelf trim)
  • 16" Full Extension Soft Close Drawer Glides (21 sets)
  • Sewing Machine Lift
  • Drawer Pulls
  • 1/4" Plexiglass (Sewing machine surface plate)
  • Finish (I used General Finishes Arm-R-Seal Satin)
Annette S13 days ago
Very impressive! I have been looking for a plan perfect for me and thought this is way bigger than what I have in mind for our space, I have more of an idea of what my hubby can do! Thank you soo much for posting!!
KevsWoodworks (author)  Annette S12 days ago
Thank you for the kind words! It would be pretty easy to modify the plans to fit your needs. Feel free to have your "hubby" drop me a note if he has questions. I'd be happy to help.
deluges1 month ago
Nicely done!
KevsWoodworks (author)  deluges1 month ago
FernMakes1 month ago
That's awesome!
KevsWoodworks (author)  FernMakes1 month ago
What a great work space! Thanks for making and sharing!
KevsWoodworks (author)  OutofPatience1 month ago
Thank you!
Kittish1 month ago
This is gorgeous!
KevsWoodworks (author)  Kittish1 month ago
Thank you!
Stormjack1 month ago
What an incredible build! Thank you for sharing this.
KevsWoodworks (author)  Stormjack1 month ago
Thank you!
seamster1 month ago
OH my, love it! I've build a few different sewing tables over the years, but nothing nearly as impressive as this!
KevsWoodworks (author)  seamster1 month ago
Thank you!