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Cutting Table Height Adjustments

10′ banquet table with height adjusters on the legs

I have two folding banquet tables: 6′ and 8′. I keep the 6′ table in my sweat shop to use for cutting fabrics and a general work table. I honestly do not know what I would do without it. The 8′ table usually resides in my garage until I have a big project then I pull it out. These tables are designed for sit down eating, among other things, and the height is perfect when sitting, but I use them as work tables while standing and the height was just too low. My solution was to take PVC pipe, cut to length to make them taller. Perfect solution.

I have 2 sets of extensions:

9″ to bring the table up to 32″ high and 12″ for 35″ high. The 9″ extensions are the perfect height to sit even with my ‘monster sewing machine’ that I use for heavy-duty projects such as big boat enclosures. I use the table to rest the large pieces of marine vinyl and canvas without the need to wrestle it around while sewing.

The 12″ legs are used when I am doing lots of cutting. At first I was concerned the extensions would make the table unsteady but that has not been a problem. The way the legs are designed with a slight flare makes them just as steady with or without the extensions.

One advantage is that it only takes seconds to change out the extensions or take them off altogether. Some of my friends use the bed risers for the same purpose and they work very well also.


I am a retired grandmother living in hot and sunny Florida. I spend most of my days doing what I love: sewing and quilting. I have a spoiled rotten Boston Terrier named Sami who keeps me busy mostly by cleaning up after her and refilling holes in the yard that she insists on digging and burying her toys. Of course then she digs them up and brings them into the house resulting guessed it...more cleaning. I will be posting pictures of Sami, quilts, flowers, and other things as they come along. Glad to have you join me.

8 thoughts on “Cutting Table Height Adjustments

  1. The “sweat shop” – love how you refer to your sewing area! That is a great idea for cutting height tables. I use a workbench I found on sale at Harbor Freight Tools. I learned the hard way you should never cut fabric at regular table height (ooo, ooo, my sore back!) 🙂

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  2. Hi again,
    Aren’t you the smarty pants??! What a fabulous idea. Genius! I just complain about my back hurting every single time I have to call upon one of these tables for service. And, by the way, I am taking a break from my sweat shop right now because it is so darn hot in there even though it is cool outside. Between the iron, lights, TV and I guess me, it is HOT in there. ~smile~ Roseanne

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    1. Thanks Roseanne. Every 10-15 years I come up with a good idea. Been using the extenders for a while now and would not want to bend over that table without them. My sweatshop faces the west…that is the reason for the name. Hotty hot and not in a good way.

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