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Thread: pvc pipe to raise a table questions...

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    I'm going to be moving in a few months - only a few miles away from where I live now - but I'll be getting a much MUCH bigger craft room (yay!!!) and I want to raise up a table for my cutting.

    The table legs are square metal. They fit perfectly inside of a 1 1/4" pvc pipe. We were going to cut the pipe in the right lengths and just slip the legs in so that they're completely covered up and you'd only see the pipe - I know, ugly but functional.

    My father in law is a plumber and he is able to cut that pipe perfectly so that they'll be nice and even and the ends would be smooth... however I thought it would be best to have the end of the pipe that would be touching the carpet capped so that they are perfectly smooth on the bottom....
    My father in law said he didn't think that would be necessary... what do you guys think? I'm so tempted to just put the legs on some of those carpet sliders but then I don't really want to have it sliding every time I go to cut on it but then that might not be the case either. It's a really heavy metal and formica desk. I love love love these desks - and now I'll have 4 of them!

    I called several plumbing supply stores and was unable to find flat caps anywhere in town that fit a 1 1/4" pvc pipe. I did find it for 1 1/2" pipe but that would mean a bigger pipe. I did find round caps for it but that seemed off to me. I don't think you'd want your table sitting on a round cap. Table legs are flat on the bottom - not round.... It will be sitting on a carpeted floor btw not that I think that matters. I know. I'm making this harder than it ought to be.

    I know there will be a lot of people who suggest just using bed risers and not even bother with the pvc pipe but I didn't want the bulky bottoms since the risers are wider at the base and all. I can just picture me tripping over it - or my clumsy friend... I have a friend who I sew with a lot and she is REALLY clumsy. Literally trips over her own feet on occasion and I can see her walking in to bed risers... So I'm thinking of not going the easy route lol.

    What do you guys think?

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    Put the legs on little carpet squares?

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    there are a lot of things to put under legs to keep it from mashing a hole in your carpet (and i agree with you, i think that hole in the pipe with a table that heavy would eventually cut or permanantly scar your carpet) there are some with gripper teeth on the carpet side to keep it from moving, i would not use sliders

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    Don't know about the carpet, but you could wrap your pvc in fabric and glue in place, no more ugly! Just an idea...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sadiemae
    Don't know about the carpet, but you could wrap your pvc in fabric and glue in place, no more ugly! Just an idea...
    I was thinking the same thing as well... I was going to make pvc pipe cozies to cover them up possibly.

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    Can you get the little caps that fit over metal chair legs? I know they come in several sizes. I need to find some of those for a chair that has lost one. Not sure where to find them though.

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    You would think that pvc would make some kind of a cap that would solve the problem. That is crazy. I like the idea of pvc "cozies", then you can change them when you get bored.

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    i think the round caps would work try it and see if not you could take them back you dont have to glue them on

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    I raised my new worktable with bed risers. Picked a set of 4 up for less than $10. May in Jersey

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    I was thinking of making cozies for the bed risers, but if I could figure out the pvc pipe might go that route.
    I though I could copy a fabric I like and use the paper to glue onto the risers. Maybe the fabric like my sewing room valance will be soon........
    However, still have the double dresser to figure out how to rise. It has large round feet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sadiemae
    You would think that pvc would make some kind of a cap that would solve the problem. That is crazy. I like the idea of pvc "cozies", then you can change them when you get bored.
    There are flat caps for 1" and for 1 1/2" but not for 1 1/4" but they are harder to find. They sell round ones..

    I did find these though - and although we don't have an Ace hardware in town there is one where my inlaws live. I called down there and they have them in stock in 1 1/2" which *should* fit over the pvc pipe... having said that I did measure the pipe and it is 1 5/8 and not 1 1/2" across... I just got off the phone with my inlaws and they're going to go to the store and check them out. That store also sells pvc pipe so they'll know right away if it is going to work.

    I'll let you all know what they say when I find out.
    Oh - here's a link to the leg tip that I found at Ace...
    http://www.acehardware.com/product/i...73#showReviews


    I did find flat caps online through a company that stocks weird fittings for making temporary sun shelters for cars and boats and whatnot... the flat cap is $1.06 each so you figure $4.24 for the four of them - but shipping is $8.45! How wild is that?? I don't think there is a place to get that kind of stuff locally. http://www.creativeshelters.com/Fitt...CFittings.aspx

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    http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1...atalogId=10053
    I searched pvc cap on the Home Depot website. They have 1 1/4" so they probably have other sizes also. They are not available online.

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    Amazon.com has clear furniture risers now! I have never seen those before. Still I don't think they would fit large round feet on my dresser.

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    I did find flat caps online through a company that stocks weird fittings for making temporary sun shelters for cars and boats and whatnot... the flat cap is $1.06 each so you figure $4.24 for the four of them - but shipping is $8.45! How wild is that?? I don't think there is a place to get that kind of stuff locally.

    I use pvc to raise my table, I used the rounded caps made to fit the pvc to protect my floors. You could use regular chair protectors to do the same thing, found at the local wallyworld. They are a hard rubber and shouldn't slide. No need to go to the extra time, effort, expense of internet shopping. :) Just a thought...

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    Cap them off somehow. Like the others have suggested.

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    My fil went to the Ace hardware store today and the 1 1/2" rubber chair tips do not fit the pipe. They do not make a rubber tip big enough to fit the pipe that we need to use.

    I'll probably get these rubber discs I saw and use them. They do not fit snugly on the bottom of the pipe so if ever I need to move the table I'll just have to get someone help pick it up instead of just sliding it. I will check to see what Walmart has tomorrow while I'm out and about. It will all work out in the end :)


    GGinMcKinney - those caps are round. I really didn't think a rounded cap would work. I would think that the table should sit flat on the ground and not have it all resting on a round edge. And yes, those clear risers were cool. I had seen them on Amazon as well.

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    Glad you observed they were round. I agree I want my table flat. Hubby decided the black bed risers are ok. Yesterday he was thinking I should find something else. I still wonder if I can copy fabric onto copy paper, cut and glue the paper to cover the sides of the risers and make it match my curtains which will be in a sewing motif. Have the fabric but room is just now changing from guest room to sewing studio. In progress.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by GGinMcKinney
    Glad you observed they were round. I agree I want my table flat. Hubby decided the black bed risers are ok. Yesterday he was thinking I should find something else. I still wonder if I can copy fabric onto copy paper, cut and glue the paper to cover the sides of the risers and make it match my curtains which will be in a sewing motif. Have the fabric but room is just now changing from guest room to sewing studio. In progress.....
    I don't see why you can't do that. If I can cover pvc pipes with something you can cover bed risers!

    I do wish my husband was better with power tools. I'd have him make some nice wooden ones by drilling out a 2" hole for the legs to sit on them. It would be sharp - but he just isn't that skilled with tools. I spoke with my mother in law about having fil do that but it was hurting her brain so it is just best for everyone for me to go with the ugly pvc.

    I'm not happy with the idea of pvc pipe being my entire table legs but covering them with fabric will make them less ridiculously ugly. It is what it is for now at least. Who knows. Maybe I'll go with the bed risers but I can really see myself tripping in to them all the time. I know my friend Stacy will. She is the clumsiest person I have ever known. It's an accident waiting to happen that's for sure!

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    Will you glue the fabric to the pvc? Have you considered coping a pretty piece of fabric onto copy paper and wrapping with paper? My table is white so maybe I just need to try white paper. Think I will go look at that in just a minute. Hmmm.....ideas.... I do have a flower pot that had a snowman on it. In the spring & summer I wrapped it loosely with pink fabric. Seemed ok to me.



    I don't see why you can't do that. If I can cover pvc pipes with something you can cover bed risers!
    I'm not happy with the idea of pvc pipe being my entire table legs but covering them with fabric will make them less ridiculously ugly.

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