Yep - finally found the design I'll use as my baseline for my wife's sewing station. Thank you Ana White.
DIY sofa table This is an Ana White Design. It could work out well if it was modified as a long narrow counter in the basement.
nice DIY Rustic X coffee table - build it in an afternoon! (Beginner project)... by http://www.best99-home-decor-pics.club/homemade-home-decor/diy-rustic-x-coffee-table-build-it-in-an-afternoon-beginner-project/
Ana White meets Annie Sloan. I think that I might use 4x4's for the legs, to beef it up. Maybe some cross pieces to brace the legs too.