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Date: 12/8/13 9:44 AM

I normally use either my kitchen table or the floor for cutting out fabric. Neither one is ideal and I end up with a sore back (and or knees) in either scenario. I really need a countertop-height table to work on. So I dug up four large empty coffee cans and put them under the table legs of my kitchen table. The table was exactly countertop height and I was able to work away with no achy back.

I've posted a pic on my blog to show how well this worked.

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Date: 12/8/13 10:29 AM

What a difference it makes! I used bed risers bought with one of those coupons from Bed Bath and Beyond to do the same thing with my dining table for years. It is so much easier on the back, but I had to constantly take it down for eating and put it up for sewing. Not so good for the back. Last year at Thanksgiving I was rearranging furniture in the great room to put up a folding table, I decided to leave it out all year for sewing. My dining table is wider and longer, so I still use it sometimes for laying out patterns on a single layer of fabric.
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Date: 12/8/13 11:29 AM

Elizabeth, that is scathingly brilliant! How did I not know these existed?!

I was actually looking into replacing the legs of the table with longer legs but then buy the time I buy 4 legs and new chairs I could probably buy a whole set new.

Those bed risers look a lot more presentable than coffee cans for those times that I leave them in place for weeks on end ;)

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Date: 12/8/13 12:04 PM

Right now, I use patio pavers under my banquet table in the Dining Room. For ASG events, I bring PVC risers that a member made some years back. To make them, you just figure out the right inner diameter for the PVC (drinking water type) to accommodate the table legs, cut four to length, and glue PVC termination caps to the opposite ends. We usually book the same venue so they always work.

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Date: 12/8/13 12:33 PM

Don't they wobble without sand in them (the cans)?

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Date: 12/8/13 5:57 PM

ditto - I use the bed risers also, sometimes you can find extra tall ones. I also use same for the handful of craft shows I sell at, gets my tables at a more attractive height and I made black table covers to the floor, so can still store all my plastic bins out of sight.

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Date: 12/8/13 7:21 PM

For $36, Sam's club has these awesome folding tables that are height adjustable.

The lowest setting is perfect for my granddaughter to sew at (she's 8) .. and I use a student task chair lowered to the lowest setting for her.

The next setting up is table height. My Ellisimo sits politely on one for embroidery.

Then there are still two more higher settings.

I like taking these tables to sew-ins because they are easier to handle, and I don't care if they get dinged up as much as I do taking my Gidget2.

I just found this link... the actual table I bought at Sams (twice - once a year ago, and another about a month ago) ... anyway... the ones I have fold in half - doesn't seem like that have that one online.... but this is close:

Folding table at Sams
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Date: 12/8/13 7:27 PM

I also use the PVC trick on my card table. It is now the perfect height for my back.

HOWEVER, I'd love to get one of these
Ikea Table
as it's even a touch taller than my rigged card table. Plus it's nicer looking and sturdier.

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Date: 12/8/13 7:34 PM

Quote: heathergwo
I also use the PVC trick on my card table. It is now the perfect height for my back.



HOWEVER, I'd love to get one of these

Ikea Table

as it's even a touch taller than my rigged card table. Plus it's nicer looking and sturdier.

How tall are you?

I'm 5'4", and my kitchen table is 36" .. and I wouldn't wanna go taller for a cutting table.

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Date: 12/8/13 9:43 PM

This one?

It's lighter and folds. And is 60"

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