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Thread: Height of your cutting table?

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    I can't measure mine right now as I don't have it set up - no room; however, we took pvc pipe and cut it, then put the legs of a table and stuck inthe pipes and elevated it to my required height.

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    Well as so many have said it depends on your height as to what is going to be comfortable for you. I have two 5ft folding tables we bought from walmart so I can lay out my quilts to pin them. I just can't get on the floor. My knees and back are shot. I have them set up in my livingroom right now so I can do some cutting. Hubby cut some pvc pipe about 12 inches long and stuck one on each of the legs of the tables to jack them up so I don't have to bend over the tables. I just love it!! They aren't pretty but it works. You have to use pvc pipe that is larger in diameter than the table legs. There is no way the table can fall over. No way it could be a danger to you or someone walking by. They are removable, if the table needs to be used for something else. This really works. My daughter snickered when she saw it but you could even spray paint the pvc if you want it to look better.

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    I had the pvc pipe setup in my old space before I had my basement finished into a studio. I had my builder custom make me two tables, both on casters; one is formica topped with my large cutting mat on. The other is 60x80 and padded with wool and then ironing board fabric stapled on for quilts and other large projects. The tables have a file cabinet at each corner for holding fabric and other supplies. My tables are 33", perfect for my height. I even used the pvc pipe to make my old bunk bed into a trundle bed. Now I can slide one mattress & its base under the other when I don't need it. Not pretty but I haven't heard any guests complain.

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    My husband was so kind enough to give up his pool table and put a 4x8 plywood on top of that and then my cutting mat. I can stand for several hours and doesn't hurt my back. Love it.

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    I put the bedrisers under the legs of my ironing table.My cutting table sets on top of two of the small filing cabinets and I bought the table top from girl that works at JoAnns fabrics.It is one of their original cutting table tops with the cutting ditch in it.My table is 301/2 inches tall.

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    I have an old stainless steel surgical instrument table. And it is 36 inches. It is just the right size for me . I am 5'4". They were going to trash it when two hospital's merged. It had one leg that had been welded. I love it . It has wheels and that makes it easy to move. It also has a second shelf, which I have a basket with current project in it and where I keep my safety pins and clips for binding. I am sure there is a way to rise it and make it safe. Hope your back gets to feeling better. Nothing worst than a backache or sore feet.

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    I have an old stainless steel surgical instrument table. And it is 36 inches. It is just the right size for me . I am 5'4". They were going to trash it when two hospital's merged. It had one leg that had been welded. I love it . It has wheels and that makes it easy to move. It also has a second shelf, which I have a basket with current project in it and where I keep my safety pins and clips for binding. I am sure there is a way to rise it and make it safe. Hope your back gets to feeling better. Nothing worst than a backache or sore feet.

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    Ever try a back massager. :?:

    http://www.shopzilla.com/massagers/s...22009/products

    These are great for lower back pain &/or shoulder pain.
    They run around a $100.00 or more.
    You can see prices at the above site.
    It is best to buy then at a place where you can try them out. At Christmas time lots of places sell them, Got mine at GNC but saw them at Wal Mart too.

    I have one and use it alot. ;-) ;)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lori S
    Mine is 32 inches , but I am 5ft. 2 in. tall. It is perfect for my height. Just high enough so I am not bending.
    You may want to look at some fabric stores and see how high their cutting tables are and see how that hieght would work for you.
    Now if I could just lower my kitchen counter tops and inch or two!!
    My table is 31" high. I actually had an ergonimics specialist measure me and advise me of the ideal table height. I am barely 5' 1". I'm very comfortable using this table for cutting.

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    It is likely that there are OSHA standards for work table hights in industry. You could contact your company's "Loss Control" or "Safety" department for the standards. Back pain from a work situation is a Workers Compensation injury which could cost them $$$$ so they should pay attention.

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    My table is 38" high. I've read that your cutting table should be no lower than 3" below your elbow, which is just about right for me.

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    I'm 5'6" and my table is 39" high. The ergonomics experts don't approve, but it's the most comfortable height for me. I ended up with the folding work table from JoAnn's and a set of bed risers. There are simple solutions if they're really interested in the best interests of their employees. If...

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    Years ago I bought a cutting table from a fabric store that went out of business. It is 36 inches high and I am 5'4''. It is perfect for me. It sat in the garage for years and when we finished my sewing room, we got it out of the garage and set it up in my NEW spacious (36 X20 feet) sewing room. I am so grateful that I can finally use the table and have everything in the same room. Instead of running to the kitchen table to cut and lay stuff out, I now have that table (kitchen), cutting table, four sewing machines, and my New Joy quilting frame in the same space. Please rejoice with me!

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    I am 5'6" tall and have some back issues, so with that said, I like my table taller than average. I use a tall stool if I need to sit for long or most of the time while cutting just stand. But, I have a wonderful cutting table that is on folding legs. I went to the local hardware store and bought PVC pipe large enough to accommodate the legs of the table (3"wide), added an end fitting to reinforce the edges next to where the table leg inserts, and cut them in different lengths according to different uses. Now, all I have to do is raise the table slightly, leg by leg, slide the extenders onto the legs until I have all four height adjusters in place and the table magically rises to the desired height. You can easily make these without much effort and some stores will even do the cutting of the pipe for you if you know ahead what lengths you need. It is inexpensive and I don't have to buy another table.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spudgm
    Quote Originally Posted by momymom
    mine is a banquet table, to short for me, and I'm 4' 11"! Hurts my back if I cut for long periods of time.
    Nice to see you back Grannie, hope you're feeling better
    Mine is a banquet table also, my hubby added extensions to the legs. He used 4 x 4 post pieces that were left over from another project and attacked them to a piece of wood so they were more stable. It works great for me.
    Mine is a banquet table too, with oversized PVC pipe leg extensions. I'll measure it when I get home tonight, but it is quite talk and I love it!

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    I use my kitchen island. It works for me, but I'm pretty short.

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    Be aware that any injury/health problem that results from an accident at work or a work related injury can make you eligible for Worker's Compensation benefits. Maybe knowing that will convince your manager to think harder about changing the situation!

    Newbie Brenda

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    My table is 36" high.

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    Mine is alsoa fording banquet table on bed risers and another one right next to it regular height to sew on. Works wonders for me as I am 5'3. Very stable too. Here I thought I invented the bed risers for my cutting table. Guess not!

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    My husband purchased an old oak drafting table for
    $5 from his former employer when they were moving to a new building and getting all new furniture as well as going to CAD design. The table is a perfect cutting table for me.

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    My DH just raised my table by making legs out of PVC pipe, with PVC tees and covers raised it 8 in. Works just fine as you slip the feet over the ones already there and you can remove if needed.Cement blocks work ok but kept stubbing my toes.

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    I got the length from the floor to my elbow--this works fine for me--no sore back. I am 5'9" so mine is high.

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    I have a drafting table I got at a garage sale for $50. It is just the right height for me and I love it. I used to use the kitchen table and my back always hurt. Using something the right height certainly does help. (I didn't get as good a deal as bcgj and probably not as pretty since mine is metal.) It is also very sturdy and I store some batting underneath it next to the wall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Theresa
    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.
    I have a table with adjustable legs. It isn't as large as a banquet table but it's as big as I can have in my spare room. It has three different heights and I lower it if I am doing hand sewing and want to have the area to organize the process. I use it for almost all my cutting. My dining table is much larger but it gets my back if I cut on it. I got mine at Sams and have thought of getting another and keep one up and one to desk height.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltingGrannie
    Question for all -

    How tall is the table you use to cut your fabric? How tall should it be?

    We just got a new one at work and it is too low! Not good for my back!!! The mgrs keep telling me there is nothing they can do to raise it up and still keep it safe.
    I say there is and so does others that I've talked to. We sell bed risers that go under the legs of beds - why can't they use that? If it's safe to sleep on I'm sure it's safe for cutting fabric on.

    Also our new table has the marking yard stick insert about 5 inches from the edge. The former one was only a 1 1/2 inches from the edge.
    Between the two by the end of a shift my back is in a lot of pain and it has been out of alignment for 3 weeks now as it is.

    Anyway - how tall is your table?
    Are the legs of your table bent? I've seen quilters use pcs. of PVC pipe to raise their tables. Works only if the legs have a bend in them though.

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