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Anchors Smokeshop
03-31-2011, 07:14 PM
Is there a recommended height that competition teams are using for their folding tables?
I bought 36" folding tables and pvc pipe to use for the leg extensions, but I'm not sure what a good height would be.
If this helps, I'm 5'9".

Ron_L
03-31-2011, 07:36 PM
I just made my extensions so that the table was the same height as my kitchen counters in the house, 36"

Smoke'n Ice
03-31-2011, 07:54 PM
Why not make it the height that your are comfortable at. ie. you are not bending over to work. Start out at a 40" height. Try it and if too high, cut off an inch. etc. etc. Your are the one working so make it for yourself, not the world. Just my 2 cents.

worthsmokin
03-31-2011, 08:11 PM
Why not make it the height that your are comfortable at. ie. you are not bending over to work. Start out at a 40" height. Try it and if too high, cut off an inch. etc. etc. Your are the one working so make it for yourself, not the world. Just my 2 cents.

Ditto:thumb:

JD McGee
03-31-2011, 08:16 PM
Why not make it the height that your are comfortable at. ie. you are not bending over to work. Start out at a 40" height. Try it and if too high, cut off an inch. etc. etc. Your are the one working so make it for yourself, not the world. Just my 2 cents.

X3...:thumb:

mobow
03-31-2011, 08:28 PM
x4:-P:-D:-P

KC_Bobby
03-31-2011, 09:28 PM
Or stand near a wall and put your arms down at a comfortable height to pretend you are trimming meat (probably between belly button and belt line height). Walk over to a wall with your hands at that working height, make a mark and then measure it.

Fat Woody
03-31-2011, 10:45 PM
We picked up an adjustable height folder at Costco or Sam's a couple years ago. Best thing I've seen yet.

The Pickled Pig
03-31-2011, 11:00 PM
There's also various ways to make the PVC extensions adjustable which can be handy when placed on uneven ground. Although I've yet to make that mod, there have been more than a few times I wished I had.

One way to do this that I have seen is to place a length of smaller diameter PVC in the bottom of your PVC extension and drill a hole through both 2" from the bottom. Then pull the insert out so it extends 1" below the extension and drill a hole through the insert using the hole on the original extension as a guide. Repeat the process for 2", 3" etc. Then use a bolt and a nut to lock the extension at the desired length.

Smoker'sLoungeBBQ
04-01-2011, 06:01 AM
We just cut the PVC in 13" pieces, no idea how high that actually makes the table, but our team ranges in height from 5'5 to 6'4. We found adding 13" makes it comfortable for everyone.

smalls65
04-01-2011, 07:29 AM
X3...:thumb:

Whatever size is comfortable to you!!!! :thumb:

Dex
04-01-2011, 07:50 AM
Whats the best way to make the pvc extensions? I saw it on here somewhere.... but cant seem to find it again.

Bigmista
04-01-2011, 09:18 AM
I cut mine at 19" but I am 6'2". Also some table legs are made differently so you might need to compensate for that.

Big George's BBQ
04-01-2011, 09:20 AM
I just made my extensions so that the table was the same height as my kitchen counters in the house, 36"

I did the same My son gave them to me as a X Mas gift They make things easier

glenntm
04-01-2011, 09:21 AM
I cut mine at 19" but I am 6'2". Also some table legs are made differently so you might need to compensate for that.

Same. It depends on the table leg design.

slowerlowerbbq
04-01-2011, 09:38 AM
We use 4 of these, they work perfectly. If you dont know, these are call sand spikes, they are used for holding you fishing rod when surf fishing. Who knew they had multiple uses?
http://www.seaisletackle.com/prodimg/SES-SS36-2.jpg

3 Rivers BBQ
04-01-2011, 10:39 AM
What diameter PVC pipe do you use?

Contracted Cookers
04-01-2011, 11:36 AM
we cut 6 different sizes so if have to do some leveling

Mister Bob
04-01-2011, 11:59 AM
What diameter PVC pipe do you use?

1-1/4" works perfectly for me.

MAsQue
04-01-2011, 04:16 PM
What diameter PVC pipe do you use?

From embarrassing personal experience, I strongly recommend measuring the widest part of the table leg you want it to fit over and getting the next sized inner diameter up from that. I would not recommend going to Home Depot and saying, "That looks right."

theflints01
04-02-2011, 10:04 AM
the extension tubes I use are 1.875"IDx15"L, which surprisingly is the same dimensions of the hundreds of fireworks mortar tubes I made.

Gerrit_Boys
04-02-2011, 08:39 PM
I use schedule 80 1.25" pipe. They're cut at 13" but I have a few lengths around that that are painted orange, (so I can tell them apart) that help when setting up on bumpy or unlevel ground