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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.

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Boat Enclosure – 1 down, 2 to go

I am going waaay out of my comfort zone.

Sami and I are sewing/constructing a boat enclosure for a friend’s boat. Luckily we are only doing a replacement so we are able to use the old panels as a pattern, sort of. Of course the ‘might as well’ comes into play–you know, as long as we are making this we might as well….

The boat has three separate panels around the console, navigational instruments, radios, and steering wheel area.

Picture 1 (left) is the completed side panel. It has mega zippers and Velcro to make the cabin (not sure if cabin is what it is called-I am not a boat person) dry and secure. Picture 2 on the right is the old center panel. I am working on the new one for the center now. The picture is a little deceiving. The panels are much bigger than they look. At least they feel like it when I am struggling to line them up to sew.

Here is my ‘monster sewing machine’. I think this thing will sew through plywood if the needle was strong enough. It will sew through multiple layers of marine vinyl, binding, and the marine ‘glass’ without even moaning.  When I am not sewing boat stuff I use it for sewing motorcycle patches to leather jackets and making purses.

This project has been very challenging but I am getting a lot of experience and I am enjoying the satisfaction of seeing the completed panels.

I really miss my quilting.