Customize Your Cutting TableAdjusting the height of your cutting table will help keep your back from aching after a rotary cutting session. Here's how some of our Quilting Community members solve the table height problem:
From Mary Keller:
Look for bed risers that are usually available at WalMart, especially about the time when college kids are heading off to school. You can use them to raise your cutting table to a better height. They are lightweight and are not very expensive.
From Janet Corcoran:
I used the bed risers that my son took to college to raise my cutting table. There is also a 2' by 4' plastic table available that adjusts to three heights: low, standard and high.
From Debbie Evans:
My cutting table is one with the fold out legs that are curved at the bottom. I added 11" pieces plus end caps of PVC pipe to get it to a comfortable height of about 35.5". My other fold out tables and card tables have PVC pipe extensions, but since the legs are straight I use a smaller PVC pipe inside to keep the leg from sliding all the way down the extension. Cap the inside pipe or use a small enough pipe that the leg won't slide through it.
From Ann Reagan:
When I cut fabric or worked at my cutting table, I used to get a backache because it was too low. I went to Home Depot to buy concrete blocks to raise the table, but I really had been dreading carrying the blocks home and then putting them on me. He suggested buying an 8-foot long 6" x 6". He cut it into 12" pieces that I use to raise the legs of my table. The table is extremely sturdy and fits my needs perfectly. No more backaches, and I have some extra lifters for another table.
Risers Aren't Just for Cutting Tables
From Cathy Quashie:
I use risers on my cutting table, but I have also used PVC pipes to raise the height of my ironing board. The normal height was hurting my back when I ironed. Making the board sit a little higher has really helped.