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Countertop Height Cutting Table & Workbench
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I have been wanting a decent cutting table for some time. The table I had been using was a flimsy 4 foot cardboard and aluminum foldaway table and it was too narrow, too short, too low, and altogether more trouble than it was worth. But custom cutting tables like this one cost $150+ ! Ouch! Way over budget for me. So I improvised.

Materials:

  • This 5’ long center-fold table from Wal-Mart – Cost: $35.98 + $6.97 S&H = $42.95
  • 52” of 1.25” Diameter Thick Wall PVC Pipe, cut into 4 13” lengths – Cost: $2.93
  • 4 1.25” PVC Slip Caps – Cost: $3.16

Total Project Cost: $49.04 + Taxes

Process:

This is the widest table of its kind that I could find; at 29.6” wide, it has plenty of room for laying out fabric and pinning patterns. The table started out with a height of 29”, perfect for sitting at. But I wanted my table to be 37” tall, perfect for standing at. So I needed to add 8” of height.

From the bottom of the table leg until the leg starts to curve inward is about 5”; 8 + 5 = 13, so my leg extenders needed to be 13” long. Woods Ace Hardware was happy to cut the pipe for me, so all I had to do was put a slip cap on one end of each 13” pipe.

Once the slip caps were on the pipes, I lifted the table legs and slid them into the open ends of the pipes. And now the table was 37” tall, perfect for pinning and cutting fabric.

So far, this has been a very sturdy arrangement: the table does not wobble, the pipe extenders do not bend, and the slip caps slide smoothly over the carpet with a firm push. When I’m not using the table, it’s a simple matter to remove the extenders and fold it up to be stored in the closet or under my bed. Additionally, while the table is heavy, it’s still light and compact enough that moving it around the house and up and down the stairs is easy. Perfect. And for 1/3 or less of the cost of a custom cutting table!

And here is the finished table (I placed the chair underneath it to show the scale):

 


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