DIY Mobile Cutting Table

I hope everyone had a great week. We had cooler days and rain, great for our new seeded lawn and garden. And we took in an evening at the Street Performers Festival here in Grande Prairie. I

What I want to share with you this week is a DIY mobile cutting table. This idea has been in the back of my mind for a while, but how to make it work. It all clicked at the Saskatchewan Sewing Conference when I saw the organizers use PVC pipe to make risers for folding tables.

I have a 2’ x 3’ folding wood table that the top had been damaged and even after repairs and repainting was not in good enough shape to write or sew at. I purchased a 2’ x 3’ cutting mat that fits perfectly on this table and now all I had to do was raise it up.

In order to raise it up, I used 1 ½” pvc pipe. I took measurements of how high the table was, how high I wanted it and how long the legs were on the table that would go into the pvc pipe.

My table top was 29.5 inches (74.9 cm) from the floor, my table legs are 6 inches (15.25 cm) long and I wanted to raise my table so that it measured approximately 36 inches (91.5 cm) from table top to floor.

I decided to add 6 inches (15.25 cm) of height I wanted to the length of the table legs, 6 inches (15.25 cm)and the total I needed to cut the pvc pipe was 12 inches (29.5cm).

These are the tools I used to cut the pipe, a saw, a measuring stick, sewing chalk to mark the pipe, sand paper to smooth the cut ends and some duck tape to cover one end of the pipe to keep from scratching the floor.

I measured and cut four 12 inch (29.5 cm) pieces of PVC pipe, sanded both ends and then placed duct tape over one end.

I then put the legs of the table into the pieces of PVC pipe and and attached the cutting mat with liquid nails. And voila a taller table that is comfortable to cut and draft at. BONUS. It fits in the trunk of my car when folded with the leg extensions removed. So now I have a portable sewing (extensions removed), cutting and drafting table all rolled into one

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