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When she needs a big flat surface for sewing ... a drop-leaf cabinet.

If your dining room table is less than baronial and you're not set up for pingpong, finding space to cut out sewing projects can be a problem. Not for Suzie Kueckelham of Bainbridge Island, Washington.

When she needs a big flat surface, she swings up a simple drop leaf from one side of a utility room cabinet. When the job is done, the leaf folds down out of the way, freeing space in the center of the room.

This counter extension is made of plastic laminate-covered 3/4-inch plywood with 1-1/4-inch edging. The 30- by 36-inch leaf swings up on a piano hinge, then is supported by a swing-out wooden brace. The L-shaped brace, 24 inches wide and high, is secured to the side of the cabinet with another piano hinge. A short 1-by-2 on the counter's underside acts as a stop.

The laminate top provides a slick surface for scissors to slide along. Tailor's chalk wipes off easily, and stray threads, fabric scraps, and pins sweep quickly into the waste bin.

The expandable surface is also a choice spot for big school projects and artwork, leaving the kitchen and dining room tables uncluttered.

As part of the utility room remodel by Myrwang Associates, Architects, Seattle, an electrical outlet for an iron was wired into the cabinet during construction. A full-size ironing board stores in the adjacent tall cabinet (at left in top photograph), along with storage bins.

All cabinets are birch-faced plywood. Track lights keep the workroom bright.
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