Jan 18 2013

IKEA Hack Cutting Table

Published by at 1:09 am under Sewing


So I’ve been meaning to do some photos of my sewing studio for a while. Because we did it pretty much all with IKEA and a lot of it is pseudo IKEA Hacks. But I just haven’t gotten around to it. However, a friend was looking to make a new cutting table so it provided the impetus I needed to put up some pictures of at least the cutting table which I’m pretty proud of.

Basically, we took two 2×4 Expedits, built those and laid them on their side. Meanwhile, I ordered a 40″ x 60″ cutting mat from Dick Blick.  Then we took a piece of plywood and cut it to size to fit the cutting mat. My husband took his router and routed the edges to make them nice and smooth. We sanded it and painted it white.


Then my husband attached the plywood to the expedits using 4 screws (see above image). We laid the cutting mat on top and voila! The expedits actually have little felt bits so I can move it around but it’s heavy enough with all the stuff I have in it that it doesn’t move on its own. The expedits provide tons of storage! You can see how I fitted mine out below. 


And I also attached a hook on the side for my rotary cutting ruler.


There are many ways that you can customize this for yourself:

  • Use different sized Expedits since expedits come in 2×2 or 2×4. You could put 4 2×2’s in a square!
  • Use different inserts to suit your needs.
  • Combine two cutting mats to get an even bigger awesomer cutting table.
  • Home Depot will cut your plywood to size for you if you don’t have a saw.
  • Skip the plywood edge routing by using ikea table tops!
If anyone else decides to try this, I’d love to see photos!


3 responses so far

3 Responses to “IKEA Hack Cutting Table”

  1. Jesson 19 Aug 2013 at 7:09 am

    Thank you for posting this. I have just been transforming an office into a sewing room and would really like a cutting table! I am going to definitely have a go!

    J 🙂

  2. Cecelia DeNoiaon 02 Jan 2016 at 6:28 am

    I love your table. Can you tell me what thickness your plywood top is? I bought the two cabinets and I an looking for a clever way to do the top.

  3. Pigleton 02 Jan 2016 at 10:20 pm

    The plywood is 3/4″ thick and the edge is routed for a rounded finish on both the top and bottom. Hope that helps!

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