When I lived in my last house, I had a 3 ft island which made cutting easier on my back. In my new house, I have just the regular table, which has been a killer. I haven't done quilts with excessive cutting since it's too hard to lean over (and I don't have enough control sitting down). DH bought a custom work bench on Craigslist and I thought "I wish I had something like that to cut on" and then, duh, I ordered one like that from the guy. He was really nice, I got such a great deal on it. It's about 4 ft tall, and I can cut so much easier now. And the guy even added a shelf which my scrap box lives on.