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Topic: Repurposed church organ to sewing desk. Pic overdose!  (Read 5169 times)
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« on: November 09, 2007 06:09:40 AM »

My SIL's church had an electric organ to die, and they got a new one from another church. So, they brought it here for my hubby to gut the electronics out of (he's building flight sim stuff).

I  took one look at it, and knew it would be perfect for sewing. I forgot to take ungutted pictures, but I've got some of after the speakers were removed.

With kitty tail and dogface action!


Here, I was trying to flatten the pressboard, and hold down the little blocks I had to glue down so the whole surface would be level


I used some pressboard for the top, covered in some plaid I didn't like. and a great shot of my ruler!


The sound controls removed made a perfect drawer for pins, buttons, and little stuff.

I have room for a cutting mat, my iron, all my notions, fabric, books, patterns, and the organ bench has room for thread!

And , I took a retractable tape measure, and glued it across the front becasue I always seem to need to measure elastic and never have enough hands.


All done!


Been using it for a month, and the only complaint I have is when the machine goes all out, the surface I put in bounces Sad Not had the machine get away....yet....

Next, I'm going to get a cheapee laptop and use it to acess patterns from here and elsewhere online. Save some paper!

I need to find a way to incorporate my butcher paper... I use that when I draft patterns because it's thick enough to hold up and is plenty big enough for almost anything I could want to make!

Please tell me what you think! This is my first big recon, and it's all thanks to craftster. I never would have thought of it otherwise!
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« Reply #1 on: November 09, 2007 07:04:37 AM »

What an awesome idea!  Great job!
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« Reply #2 on: November 09, 2007 07:12:49 AM »

That is so awesome!  What a great idea.  I never would have thought of turning it into a sewing table.  You did an excellent job!
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« Reply #3 on: November 09, 2007 07:19:10 AM »

That is such a great idea!  I've had the chance to get a free organ and passed it up..... I'm kicking myself now.....  Wink  It looks great!
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« Reply #4 on: November 09, 2007 09:31:46 AM »

Thanks guys Cheesy

I'm obligated to mention the other half helped me carry that in the house (in the rain) and helped me remove the majority of the guts. I sawed the boards, and stapled the fabric.

That thing was heavy too...
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« Reply #5 on: November 09, 2007 12:48:49 PM »

I got stuck with an organ when my mil passed and I couldnt get rid of it because eveytime my Granny in Law came over she wanted to see it. She has since passed and I had it in craigslist for free and no one called! Now I can get it out of my daughters room and gleefully rip it apart, my daughter can then use it for a craft bench she does clay and draws.
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« Reply #6 on: November 13, 2007 10:37:53 AM »

Great idea! As for incorporating the butcher paper, a dowel and some large cup hooks should do the trick.
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« Reply #7 on: November 13, 2007 12:36:15 PM »

Fantastic first recon! Great eye.
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« Reply #8 on: November 13, 2007 01:44:35 PM »

Great idea! As for incorporating the butcher paper, a dowel and some large cup hooks should do the trick.

I've got a holder for it, I just haven't taken it out of the bedroom yet Shocked

i'm going to put shelves underneath where the speaker was, and one of those will be perfect. I just haven't gotten to it yet.

Thanks again for all the compliments. Now I actually feel like I've done something worthy of craftster!

Now to make a tute for something Cheesy
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« Reply #9 on: November 24, 2007 09:35:08 PM »

The bouncing is because the surface the machine is on isn't rigid enough : /  Plywood & particle board have a lot more flex than regular boards.
You can remedy that some by adding some supports under your top and screwing them very tightly to the rest of the desk (both the top & ends). 1 x 2 should be sufficient, say 3 pieces evenly spaced, running the short length front to back.

If you cut the supports to a length that you have to hammer them into place, it'll rock : )
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