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    Senior Member Quilter Day-by-Day's Avatar
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    I have a 8ft. table and a 4ft table that I need to raise to a better height for cutting and ironing. They are the ones made by Lifetime got them at Sams got them a few years ago for extra tables for get togethers but now they are turned into a cutting table and designing,and a ironing table.

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    Some people get the bed risers and put them under the feet. You can also use old gallon paint cans or LARGE fruit or vegetable cans!!

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    the bed risers are cool

    here is where you can see a photo of them

    http://www.walmart.com/ip/Adjustable...ci_sku=5148131

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    Bed risers was going to be my suggestion also! :thumbup:

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    My hubby cut me 12" pvc white plastic pipe and I lift each leg and slide them on. Works great. Depends on the type of legs you ahve though. Mine are regular table you can fold in half and tote. We have Project Linus meetings twice a month adn use these on the cutting tables. Saves the backs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by debbieumphress
    My hubby cut me 12" pvc white plastic pipe and I lift each leg and slide them on. Works great. Depends on the type of legs you ahve though. Mine are regular table you can fold in half and tote. We have Project Linus meetings twice a month adn use these on the cutting tables. Saves the backs.
    We have 9 tables using PVC legs at our Project Linus "clubhouse". We also take them with us to our winter retreat. Great help.

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    The Walmart bedrisers work great! I use a folding banquet table on top of them for my cutting area. I had a cutting mat custom made to fit the top of it.
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    The bed risers are great, but I found mine cheaper at Bed Bath and Beyond for only $9.00!

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    I'll just add one thing. The bed risers work great if that is the height you need. My sis is shorter so her husband took pieces of 4x4 lumber cut them to the height she needed plus an inch or two and than routed out a hole in the middle for the legs to set in. Custom risers.

    Need a handy hubby though!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjtinkle
    I had a cutting mat custom made to fit the top of it.
    Where did you have it done?
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    I agree about using the bed risers. I have them under three different tables and they are very sturdy.

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    I use metal coffee can's (empty!) turned upside down. Makes my banquet table the perfect height for me. I also added a piece of MDF on top to make it larger. Now my cutting table is 40 x 70. Leaves lots of room to pile junk and still cut on it! :lol: Not as pretty as a lot of you ladies tables but it is soooo functional and sturdy. I can also store alot of stuff underneath.

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    I tried the bed risers, they are not very stable unless you put a lot of weight on them. The PVC pipe is the safest choice. We use the pipes at guild to raise our tables for workshops.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quilter Day-by-Day
    I have a 8ft. table and a 4ft table that I need to raise to a better height for cutting and ironing. They are the ones made by Lifetime got them at Sams got them a few years ago for extra tables for get togethers but now they are turned into a cutting table and designing,and a ironing table.
    I bought the 6 ft folding tables at walmart. I think some call them banquet tables. My hubby cut 12 inch pieces of pvc pipe and slipped it under the legs and the height is perfect. I am 5ft 6in. tall. The tables are VERY stable. In fact are up right now in the middle of my livingroom so I can pin some quilts and also have my cutting mat there to cut fabric. The grandbabies love to play under the table. lol My back is extremely bad and would never be able to do any bending so I love this set up. My daughters boyfriend thought it was weird...yeah, I saw him looking at my table with a weird look, but he got it. The bedrisers did not lift the table high enough for me.

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    I love the pvc leg extenders I made for my table. And I made them adjustable! Just a little nut and bolt system.
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    Can someone be more specific in how you use PCV pipe to make the risers? What keeps the leg of the table from dropping all the way to the bottom of the pipe?

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    So did mine.....gotta love having one of those handy guys.

    Quote Originally Posted by dakotamaid
    My sis is shorter so her husband took pieces of 4x4 lumber cut them to the height she needed plus an inch or two and than routed out a hole in the middle for the legs to set in. Custom risers.

    Need a handy hubby though!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cabbagepatchkid
    Can someone be more specific in how you use PCV pipe to make the risers? What keeps the leg of the table from dropping all the way to the bottom of the pipe?
    I did the same thing on my plastic folding table... the legs on the bottom of the table have a curve in them, and the PVC pipe wont go any higher than that curve. On the posted picture of the smaller table with straight legs, I think she used a bolt and nut through the pvc and that keeps the table legs higher. Correct me if I am wrong.

    I recently got some wood look folding tables at Office Max. They have removable plastic caps on the bottom. I bought wooden dowels that would fit inside the leg. I cut them to the length I needed and then stained them brown, and then put the cap back on when I was done. You hardly notice them. Remember to consider the amount the dowel will go "into" the leg when deciding how long to cut them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldswimmer
    Quote Originally Posted by cabbagepatchkid
    Can someone be more specific in how you use PCV pipe to make the risers? What keeps the leg of the table from dropping all the way to the bottom of the pipe?
    I did the same thing on my plastic folding table... the legs on the bottom of the table have a curve in them, and the PVC pipe wont go any higher than that curve. On the posted picture of the smaller table with straight legs, I think she used a bolt and nut through the pvc and that keeps the table legs higher. Correct me if I am wrong.
    Thanks for that idea on curved legs,mine are the same way on my ctting table but not the other on I can use the pvc and bolt for that one.
    I recently got some wood look folding tables at Office Max. They have removable plastic caps on the bottom. I bought wooden dowels that would fit inside the leg. I cut them to the length I needed and then stained them brown, and then put the cap back on when I was done. You hardly notice them. Remember to consider the amount the dowel will go "into" the leg when deciding how long to cut them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cabbagepatchkid
    Can someone be more specific in how you use PCV pipe to make the risers? What keeps the leg of the table from dropping all the way to the bottom of the pipe?
    I'm sorry, the photo doesn't show the detail. I drilled a hole through the pvc and placed a nut and bolt through the hole to keep the table legs from dropping to the bottom of the pipe. I actually have a series of holes in each leg to allow me to vary the height to what I want for what I need. I can upload a better photo if that would help. I'm a visual person myself and do better if I can see what I need. Just a thought.

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    http://www.cutting-mats.net/

    Quote Originally Posted by cabbagepatchkid
    Quote Originally Posted by cjtinkle
    I had a cutting mat custom made to fit the top of it.
    Where did you have it done?
    :D

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    My husband used PVC pipe and raised mine, cut the pipe to lenght and then fitted it iinto the Tee's . My Sam;s table legs fit right inside the pipe and he raised it to my height. Works well
    Quote Originally Posted by Quilter Day-by-Day
    I have a 8ft. table and a 4ft table that I need to raise to a better height for cutting and ironing. They are the ones made by Lifetime got them at Sams got them a few years ago for extra tables for get togethers but now they are turned into a cutting table and designing,and a ironing table.

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    I have an "old" 40-50's kitchen table that I use for cutting and such, I set it up on the bed risers about 4 years ago, and for me it works perfect.

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    Mona, I like your modification. I was going to say I liked the PVC because you can customize it for the exact height you need to be ergonomically correct.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dkabasketlady
    Some people get the bed risers and put them under the feet. You can also use old gallon paint cans or LARGE fruit or vegetable cans!!
    it just so happens i saw bed risers at Joanns! they had them by the college and school stuff, for storage. go figure!

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