I wouldn't use yard sticks. maybe a butcher block top, but I love the old sewing machine base! An antique Singer treadle sewing machine base finds new life as a table with the addition of vintage yardsticks nailed to an oak top.
Sewing Machine Table - Quilts from Canaan Custom built sewing table with plexiglas top. Sewing machine sunk into table. Tons of storage. Plus, put a light under one of the drawers and it becomes a light table!