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Thread: What kind of table for cutting?

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    What kind of table for cutting?

    I have a table I use for cutting and it is really too low. It is only 29 inches. It is hurting my back over time. I need something about 36 inches. What have you girls found out there to solve this problem? Thanks
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    I had the same exact problem. We have a dining room table we don't use so my DH attached blocks of wood to the bottom of the legs and made it cutting table height. The wood can easily come off to use the table if needed but in 2 yrs, with an empty nest, we haven't needed it. There are square table extensions that you put under your table legs but my table legs were "L" shaped and they didn't work. Good Luck.

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    I use an old kitchen table...... Had the same issue.. We we went to Walmart and bought bed risers. They come in a set of 4 and the table legs sit on one each... Perfect now!

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    Best place for me is the penninsula counter-top in my kitchen. I'm lucky to have an extra long one and can put my 36x24 inch cutting mat on one end (where I can walk around 3 sides) and a pressing mat at the other. Perfect height and much sturdier than a table.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrannieLOU View Post
    Best place for me is the penninsula counter-top in my kitchen. I'm lucky to have an extra long one and can put my 36x24 inch cutting mat on one end (where I can walk around 3 sides) and a pressing mat at the other. Perfect height and much sturdier than a table.
    this is just the way i work as well
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    Hi Suzanne -
    I had the same type of back pain after cutting for just a little while. So I went to Bed Bath and Beyond and got the wooden blocks that are made to put under the legs of a bed to raise it higher. There is a little cutout in each block where the table leg sits, and I think they lifted my table by 5 inches.

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    The height of the cutting table should be right about where your belly button is.

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    Can you put some bed risers under the feet? This really helps when I'm cutting.

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    I went to Habitat for Humanity, bought 2 lower kitchen cabinets, put a door on top of it - and voila!! A cutting table the perfect height - w/ drawers, too!!
    my name is becca and i'm a quilt-a-holic :-)

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    Bed risers are the best for me. I have had them a very long time and the height is just right.

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    My table is perfect for me, but the bed risers sounds like a great idea!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewingsuz View Post
    I have a table I use for cutting and it is really too low. It is only 29 inches. It is hurting my back over time. I need something about 36 inches. What have you girls found out there to solve this problem? Thanks
    I went to walmart and bought a set of Bed Risers for $8! Works like a charm.

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    6 foot executive desk top. Sitting on cabinets. Takes up half the room.

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    alas, I had on I got from Jo-anns, and sold it, it was the perfect size, bought a new table and now I have the same problem you have. I haate to give up the casters but the bed risers are worth considering. Maybe you could build a table to put on the top and use some laminate or plexiglass or something on top to work on, that is what I did for the big board and it works wonderful
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    I have put bed risers on my tables. They worked great.

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    I use the kitchen island. It's big enough to hold my biggest cutting mat. AND (The biggest benefit??) I have to clear off the island to use it for cutting.
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    I have the opposite problem. Im short only 5 ft. I have a regular cutting table with the drop down leaves.
    It is too high for me so have to stand on a foot stool that 6 in high. The table is 35 in tall.
    Love the table for the small area it takes up when not in use. I also use it to pin my quilts but do have to move the quilt to pin it all.

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    I use an antique dresser that was given to me by a dear friend. It is the perfect height and has drawers. My husband just took the mirror off and stored it. Doesn't take up much room, has storage and a 24x36 mat fits on it perfectly.

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    I wish I had that problem, I have a case of "short legs". My husband built me a drop leaf table for my sewing room. It's 27" high. I just love it!

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    I love my cutting table from JoAnn's... it folds down to a manageable size when I'm not using it, and I can roll it to where I need it, and the height is perfect for my 5'5"... but if you have a table with legs and can put the bed risers under it, that should solve your problem... and would be a bit more economical!! My DH and I were running errands once and went past a JoAnn's and I just mentioned the table as a future wish list and he turned around and said let's just get it now!! It was a happy day!!!
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    I bought bed risers for my long tables a couple of years ago. I'm thinking about buying more and setting them inside of the ones I have. They'll fit. I don't think it's quite tall enough and I'm only 5'2" tall. These were 6" bed risers, supposedly. Don't think they were.
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    I am going to get some bed risers. Thanks for all your help. Or my DH may add 5 inch blocks to the legs with an L bracket.
    Suzanne
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    Quote Originally Posted by EasyPeezy View Post
    Can you put some bed risers under the feet? This really helps when I'm cutting.
    That's what they're called - "Bed Risers" !!!!!

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    We have a deep freezer in out kitchen, and it is the perfect height for me. I am 5'6". I have a sewing room, but I like to use the whole house.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrannieLOU View Post
    Best place for me is the penninsula counter-top in my kitchen. I'm lucky to have an extra long one and can put my 36x24 inch cutting mat on one end (where I can walk around 3 sides) and a pressing mat at the other. Perfect height and much sturdier than a table.
    A kitchen island would be perfect but since I don't have one, I had my sons install bed risers under the banquet table I use in my craft room just a couple of weeks ago. It's just the right height for me now.

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