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    Where I work they use lenghts of metal pipe on each table leg to raise them. They can be easily removed to accomodate others.

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    Somewhere I saw a formula for determining the height of your cutting table according you height. I'll look to see if I can find it.

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    Mine is 32 1/2 inches high. I have a 6ft x 30" folding Samsonite table elevated 3 inches by placing a decorative bricks under each leg. Perfect for my 5 ft 4 1/2 inch height.

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    I saw somewhere that if you are using a banquet table, you could use PVC pipes that are a bit bigger than the table leg. You cut the PVC pipes however many inches your table is too short, and then use them as leg extensions. (like Spudgm) The PVC pipes can be spray painted so that it blends in to the color of the legs.

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    I am 5'7" ( just about) When I had tops made for my kitchen cabinets, they were made 1 1/2 inches thicker than normal counter height. I have an island type divider counter that is 30 inches wide and about 57 inches long. I do my cutting on that( after removing the computer and junk!!LOL)

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    So sorry about your back pain. I recently discovered just how awful it is to experience it. Take care of yourself.

    My cutting table is 36" and I'm 5'9". My table is really the counter area of a 1949 oven. I lean into my "table" and trust me that giant oven's not going anywhere when I do it. Ask Walmart to hit up Sears for all their old ovens. Now that would be a sight. j/k

    Love the notion of 3" below the elbow. I've gotta test that out!

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    I'm 5'9" although the latest DR appt said 5'8 "???? The best place for me to do my cutting is on the kitchen counter, anything else is way too low....hmmm...interesting they're only 36" I would have presumed them to be higher!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pepita
    I saw somewhere that if you are using a banquet table, you could use PVC pipes that are a bit bigger than the table leg. You cut the PVC pipes however many inches your table is too short, and then use them as leg extensions. (like Spudgm) The PVC pipes can be spray painted so that it blends in to the color of the legs.
    That what I have. I took a 4 ft folding and raised it up. It was easy enough I did it myself. Well expect cutting the pvc pipe. I had the very kind gentleman at Home Depot do that for me when he was puzzling over why I was trying to do. Here's a photo of it. He also suggested the caps, he wanted me to glue them on. But they are such a snug fit, I've never had a problem with them coming off. One of the things you can't see well is the nut and bolt system that goes through each leg to support the tables legs inside the pvc. You measure up, or down, the leg and drill a hole for the nut and bolt.

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    Mine is base cabinets with a countertop, just like in a kitchen. I discovered my glass topped dining room table is much easier to cut on and much easier to hold the ruler and it doesn't slip as easy as when I use the above countertop. I'm 5'7" and it does hurt my back a bit, after about 6 hours, back stops when I stop cutting. I'm going to use the table from now on when cutting pieces for any quilt.

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    I had the same problem with my back and i bought the bed risers. The 5 inch ones were perfect and now my back doesn't hurt any more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by craftybear
    link for a site with some great information

    http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/sewi...ign.html#Table

    hope you are okay and miss our chats
    That's some good information. I think employers should be aware of these tips.

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    My table is 33", but I am 5'3.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltingmimipj
    Quote Originally Posted by craftybear
    link for a site with some great information

    http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/sewi...ign.html#Table

    hope you are okay and miss our chats
    That's some good information. I think employers should be aware of these tips.
    Hey, thanks for getting this information. Learned a lot about correct posture, etc.

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    Mine is an old dresser that I covered the top of with batting and teflon for iroining then add a large sutting mat when cutting. I use the dresser drawers for storing my quilting tings in.

    This is a great height FOR ME but I am only 5'2 also.

    Like many have said, it depends on your heighth and what YOU are comfortable with.

    Good luck

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    they can use the rizers that are used for holding the deck in place? there about 10-12 inches and wont move on there own! Since Im also tall, 6'3 to be exact, and have had a fusion on my back already. I cant bend as much as normal ppl do, so I use a utilty cart with a metal top, bought it at Sams, its 39"with the wheels, and I also made a cover for it so I can remove cutting mats and iron on it. ( I am using the metaliac surface, with padding Fleece) Its great both my sisters come over here to cut and press once a week, both wish they had one. I keep it in the Kitchen so I can use it as a extra surface when cooking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MzMcKee
    Quote Originally Posted by Pepita
    I saw somewhere that if you are using a banquet table, you could use PVC pipes that are a bit bigger than the table leg. You cut the PVC pipes however many inches your table is too short, and then use them as leg extensions. (like Spudgm) The PVC pipes can be spray painted so that it blends in to the color of the legs.
    That what I have. I took a 4 ft folding and raised it up. It was easy enough I did it myself. Well expect cutting the PVC pipe. I had the very kind gentleman at Home Depot do that for me when he was puzzling over why I was trying to do. Here's a photo of it. He also suggested the caps, he wanted me to glue them on. But they are such a snug fit, I've never had a problem with them coming off. One of the things you can't see well is the nut and bolt system that goes through each leg to support the tables legs inside the PVC. You measure up, or down, the leg and drill a hole for the nut and bolt.
    Now this looks like a perfect solution. We need a company that will come up with some adjustable legs on a good cutting table.

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    Mine is about 38" too. It is just a folding table that we put pieces of PVC on the legs to raise it. Kind of like bed risers, except they can be cut to any height you need. Also easy to dismantle if you need the table for something else.

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    I have three cutting areas. One is 29-1/2, one is 35, and one is 37-1/2. Depending on how cluttered everything is and/or how my back feels I can cut at any height that is comfortable.

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    Quilting Grannie, in my sewing room mine is 36", I'm 5' 4" and it is perfect for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltingGrannie
    Quote Originally Posted by kristen0112
    I unfortunately have to use my kitchen table its too low. I would love to have something about the height of my kitchen counters.

    The managers should be able to raise the cutting table using concrete blocks or a riser of some sort. The question is do you work for a chain fabric store or an independent store. If you work for a chain the company usually has standards set for uniformity and appearances to the public. If you managers are saying there is nothing they can do that rising it is dangerous that would be my guess for their responses to you and your co-workers. They would probably get in trouble from corporate if they made changes.
    I work for Walmart! 'nuff said????
    Well, no wonder you're having the trouble you are with them. I'm so sorry for you. I do hope things get better, but after all it is WM. Just my opinion. No offense intended.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilterguy27
    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltingGrannie
    Quote Originally Posted by kristen0112
    I unfortunately have to use my kitchen table its too low. I would love to have something about the height of my kitchen counters.

    The managers should be able to raise the cutting table using concrete blocks or a riser of some sort. The question is do you work for a chain fabric store or an independent store. If you work for a chain the company usually has standards set for uniformity and appearances to the public. If you managers are saying there is nothing they can do that rising it is dangerous that would be my guess for their responses to you and your co-workers. They would probably get in trouble from corporate if they made changes.
    I work for Walmart! 'nuff said????
    Well, no wonder you're having the trouble you are with them. I'm so sorry for you. I do hope things get better, but after all it is WM. Just my opinion. No offense intended.
    No offense taken believe me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltingGrannie
    Quote Originally Posted by kristen0112
    I unfortunately have to use my kitchen table its too low. I would love to have something about the height of my kitchen counters.

    The managers should be able to raise the cutting table using concrete blocks or a riser of some sort. The question is do you work for a chain fabric store or an independent store. If you work for a chain the company usually has standards set for uniformity and appearances to the public. If you managers are saying there is nothing they can do that rising it is dangerous that would be my guess for their responses to you and your co-workers. They would probably get in trouble from corporate if they made changes.
    I work for Walmart! 'nuff said????
    OH! Definitely. Nothing can be changed unless it comes from Arkansas. Sorry.

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    I use the freezer top in the garage in the winter and the top of the dryer in the summer. I'm 5'9" and it is better than the dining table.

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    I went to sam's club and bought a folding banquet table with adjustable legs. DH added plywood on the top, when not in use, table folds back up and plywood along the wall. It also has adjustable legs so you can adjust the height

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    Quote Originally Posted by magpie
    Where I work they use lenghts of metal pipe on each table leg to raise them. They can be easily removed to accomodate others.
    instead of metal pipes, on my Sam's banquet table we use pvc pipe for the legs to set in, it is stable and cut to my right height, inexpensive and easy to cut

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