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    We were remodeling and I had a small table with drawer and a shelf under it. The table measures 2' wide and 5' long. I had an old door that was 3' wide. I centered the table under it and my husband glued and tacked some screen molding on the underside of the door next to the sides and ends of the table to keep it from scooting off. I got 2 cutting mats at JoAnns with a discount coupon to cover the top of the new table top and used some double sided tape to keep them in place. The shelf under the table is used for bolts of fabric and rolls of batting. On the floor under the shelf I keep plastic bins that contain scraps, patterns, and misc. Ann in TN

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    I use my dining table a lot, need to bend over a bit, but leaning onto the ruller a bit keeps it steady. I have base cabinet with an 8 ft. counter and sometimes I use that, sometimes the kitchen island. I quess I use whichever, depending on the day. Dining table also has a glass top, I make quilt sandwich on that.

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    Mine is basically an unfinished oak cabinet that my hubby put an island top on and pegboard on the back for my rulers. Lots of storage...here's the link to pics I posted not too long ago....
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-138293-1.htm

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    I found my cutting (and everything else, too!) table at a second-hand furniture shop. After looking for ages for something affordable but with some character, I finally went back to the "furniture barn" and came home with a antique, solid walnut table that's about 3' x 4' without the leafs, and 3' x 8' with them! I use that table for every task in my sewing room and just love it. The height is probably 30", which I could boost with risers but since I sew on it, too, I'm good to keep it lower.

    Oh, and it was $100. :)

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    We use a Lifetime Commercial grade plastic table from Costco. It's very sturdy, and the legs adjust to several different heights. It's also quite reasonably priced.

    http://www.costco.com/Browse/Product...=P_CatalogName:BC&Sp=S&N=4000487&whse=BC&Dx=mode+matchallpartial&Ntk=Text_Search&Dr=P_CatalogName:BC&Ne=4000000&D=tables&Ntt=tables&No=25&Ntx=mode+matchallpartial&s=1&topnav=&Nty=1&s=1

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    I found 2 dining room servers at a liquidation place, took off the feet and they are perfect height...for me...I am only 5 feet tall...

    I acquired an old conference table..took off the feet and just plunked it on top..no need to secure down as it weighs a ton...and so it ends up being 34 inches...at first it seemed so tall but now I love it....

    I did a little reading about what height to have before getting mine because for years i used my kids' ping pong table and it was about 30 inches high...my back would be killing me and so I decided I had to replace it...I read something that said ago good height is an inch or 2 lower than you elbow..when you bend your arm...that way you will never bump your elbows into it..and you should bea able to reach to the centre...mine is 60 inches wide which is perfect for my decorator fabrics at 54 inches...and the length is 90 long..perfect for drapery, which i do a lot of...the picture below is the 2 servers put together without the top I added...they are 60 inches long and 20 inches wide...I have separated them now and so use the space in between for storing...and the drawers are a bonus...

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    You might buy two 6 ft long folding tables and put them together to make a large table. Since they fold could be stored when not in use.
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    If you find the perfect table but wrong height elevate it. I use a kitchen table (wrong height but great for space) and I put bricks under the legs (or you can use those furniture risers). I just used what I had available around the house. The kitchen table I used cause I had limited space to work with on my studio space.

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    I have a wonderful table! I used the self healing cutting mat from Joanne fabrics as a table top! It already has a grid, angles marked, and measure on two sides(we had to cut an end and a side off) I love it!

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    I took the wire baskets and put six stacks together and then my husband put a top on them so now I have storage and a cutting surface. The top is 50" X 63" and he made it overhang the baskets so that I can still sit on my stool if I want to.

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    I didn't mean to attach my ironing surface too but it's the same idea.

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    I love the look of this table but can't find a sales co over in the States that sells one...shipping is too much fromUK.
    I think this would be IDEAL!!!

    arolinePaj]Hi Guys,

    Gotta still shout about the Horn HiLo Table. Doesn't matter how tall or short you are.... the table can be adjusted to your perfect height!



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    I use a kitchen island that is on wheels, it was in our old house and we did not need it when moved into our new house. I am 5ft 4 and it is the perfect height for me and the top is marble with a large drawer and a shelf for storage. We got it at Lowes Home Improvement store.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tellabella
    I found 2 dining room servers at a liquidation place, took off the feet and they are perfect height...for me...I am only 5 feet tall...

    I acquired an old conference table..took off the feet and just plunked it on top..no need to secure down as it weighs a ton...and so it ends up being 34 inches...at first it seemed so tall but now I love it....

    I did a little reading about what height to have before getting mine because for years i used my kids' ping pong table and it was about 30 inches high...my back would be killing me and so I decided I had to replace it...I read something that said ago good height is an inch or 2 lower than you elbow..when you bend your arm...that way you will never bump your elbows into it..and you should bea able to reach to the centre...mine is 60 inches wide which is perfect for my decorator fabrics at 54 inches...and the length is 90 long..perfect for drapery, which i do a lot of...the picture below is the 2 servers put together without the top I added...they are 60 inches long and 20 inches wide...I have separated them now and so use the space in between for storing...and the drawers are a bonus...
    Love your set-up!

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    I bought a folding table from Staples which is very sturdy then bought Bed Risers to put under the legs. It makes the table 34 inches off the floor. I am very tall and this is a perfect height for me to cut on.

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    I am hoping to have this same dilemma in a few months if we actually move - it's up in the air. I'm hopeful but only time will tell right now...

    What I'm hoping to do is to find some kitchen cabinets that people give away on freecycle or craigslist and then put a piece of wood or a door or something on top if I can't get a piece of formica or something. I'm going to hit some second hand stores after - if - we move and see what there is to see. We have a fabulous Habitat store that sells donated building supplies and whatnot so I'm hoping to get something fabulous there :)

    People give away old kitchen cabinets *fairly* often if you keep an eye on your local freecycle. and craigslist.

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    I was also thinking of using a kitchen island for my cutting board. Remember to check out your local craigslist. I found several of them which were pretty well priced. Most have lockable wheels so it is easy to move. I really don't have the space for one but i was sure looking! Good luck! patt

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    My husband bought 2 bathroom cabinets from Home Depot and clamped them together back-to-back...lots of storage on both sides. He put a large piece of solid wood on top (found at auction on an old lawyer's desk), and it makes the best cutting table/island work station in my sewing room :-)
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    My table was built for me by my hubby.

    It is 20"x42" when closed.
    I can have a working table top 46"x42" with one leaf up.
    Fully opened, I have a working area of 72"x42"

    He put a drawer on either end of the center section and a shelf under that section for storage.

    I couldn't work without this table or without the guy who built it.

    please excuse, table in working condition at present
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    This is my dream - to have a room set aside for my sewing/crafts...one day...one day!

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    The ideal height is to bend your arms at the elbows and measure from the bend of the elbow to the floor and that is the height your table should be, for you. The bend should be the top of your table.
    Quote Originally Posted by feffertim
    yes, I would also like to know what is the ideal height

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    Since my sewing room is also my spare bedroom, I placed two long folding tables over the bed, elevated them to my height. Not sure how big the tables are or how high but they are perfect for me. Then when company comes and I need the spare bed, I just take the tables down and store them in the closet. When company leaves, put them all back up. Gives me a good reason to keep my sewing room straightened up :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltingSister
    My husband bought 2 bathroom cabinets from Home Depot and clamped them together back-to-back...lots of storage on both sides. He put a large piece of solid wood on top (found at auction on an old lawyer's desk), and it makes the best cutting table/island work station in my sewing room :-)

    You have exactly what I'm planning on for mine - although I'm going to try my best to get the cabinets free if at all possible :D
    If all goes well in 6 months I will begin looking for those cabinets!

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    The one we made is 48 x 96 when folded out, folds down to 48 x 24 and is about 40" high. Base is made from 2 18" cabinets. Will try to attach photo, 1 st attempt at this.
    This is with only one leaf up.
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    Nice, very nice.

    Quote Originally Posted by CarolinePaj
    Hi Guys,

    Gotta still shout about the Horn HiLo Table. Doesn't matter how tall or short you are.... the table can be adjusted to your perfect height!



    Hugs

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