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Modifying the height of a table
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Date: 10/15/13 10:05 AM

My husband and I have been taking sewing classes together and we have been sewing every night. Yesterday my back seized up and that was that! We had been using a fold out table for our projects. It is a good length and size, but the height is all wrong! My AWESOME husband went to the hardware store and picked up some supplies. All we needed was some ABS pipe 1 1/4 inch and a fitter. The 1 1/4 have been discontinued, but there was some pipe left.
Now my table is at the perfect height, no awkward bending, and my back can now mend! Yippee! And we do not have to spend a fortune on a new table. The perfect thing is we can remove them from the legs anytime we need.

I am not sure if the pics posted properly, my internet at work blocks certain stuff, so you can see the pics of the evil genius :
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Date: 10/15/13 12:49 PM

My husband made something very similar a few years ago, but he used a square base of wood to keep the table from wobbling.

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Date: 10/16/13 4:46 AM

Wonderful DH!!! Our ASG chapter does the same- piping on the legs to raise the height to cut- all thanks to a member's DH. Aren't they just wonderful?

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Date: 10/16/13 8:33 AM

I bought 4 bed risers for my cutting table. They look like upside down flower pots. They're available at places like Bed, Bath & Beyond. The advantage is that they are easily removed to lower table to its original height or to use on another table.

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Date: 10/16/13 10:59 AM

We've done both types of modifications, using PVC pipe and bed risers, plus DH made stacked wood blocks with a hole for the bottom of the table leg on the top. All work well for various uses, and I also have a folding table with adjustable legs, used for some projects. (Actually I have a molded plastic one that stays set up at max height in the garage, for fabric dyeing and potting plants.)
We also use bed risers for tables at church, so the tables are a good height for people to make pies on. BTW, if you go looking for bed risers, they are available in a couple of heights, so it is a good idea to know how much lift you need.

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Date: 10/16/13 11:04 AM

thanks, I will Google bed risers. I am curious now, as I have never hard of this!

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Date: 10/16/13 11:18 AM

Here's a bunch on Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=bed+riser

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