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eggzlot
01-31-2013, 02:58 PM
Tried to search and could not find past links (though I am sure they are there)

Anyone have a link or some info to share on raising their tables with PVC pipe? What size pipe to get, approx what is a good height for the table and anything else that could be helpful knowledge?


Thanks in advance.

cpw
01-31-2013, 03:06 PM
I think we used either 1" or 1.5" PVC, but you'd have to check how wide the legs of your table are, and use the smallest size you can get that will fit the legs. We raised ours up to about 38", but really it's up to you and whatever makes you comfortable. I know my back still ends up hurting after leaning over, but I'm a little on the tall side (6'3").


I would recommend getting end caps for the ends so you don't get dirt in the pipe.

NadaChanceBBQ
01-31-2013, 03:07 PM
I have the std 6' rectangular tables from Sam's and my extensions are 1 1/4" pipe cut to 15" each.

+1 on the end caps.

gettinbasted
01-31-2013, 03:07 PM
I use 1 inch pvc. How high depends on you. Stand up and think about how you work and measure from there. Get a hacksaw and start cutting!

jbrink01
01-31-2013, 03:19 PM
1 1/2" Sched 40 (it's what I had laying about). Cut it so the table is belly button high.

Cayman1
01-31-2013, 03:20 PM
We used 1 1/4" schedule 40 with a cap on the end. Measure what height you want the surface to be. i think we went about 12" higher. Table is a folding one from Home Depot. You need one that the legs have a curve toward the bottom so the pipe doesn't just slide up over the leg.

Smokin' D
01-31-2013, 03:29 PM
Installed some work counters at a chiropractors office and he wanted the tops to be the height his elbows were from the floor when he was standing. No bending that way. My tables are 43" tall.

eggzlot
01-31-2013, 03:30 PM
Thanks for the suggestions. I got my table at Lowes, so I'll just go to Lowes, drag a table over to the PVC pipe area and measure to see what is a tight fit.

My brother in law who is going to help me wanted to see a photo or two just to get an idea - he also may help me build a shelf underneath. Any photos would be great.

Thanks!

Slamdunkpro
01-31-2013, 03:33 PM
I use 2 different size extensions - 24" & 18" (we're tall).

boogiesnap
01-31-2013, 04:40 PM
i use bed lifters. they're kinda like cones.

hogzillas
01-31-2013, 04:47 PM
I forget what size pipes I used but think it might be 1.5" (+1 again on the end caps too) but I made my to about my mid belly so I'm not hunched over so depending on how tall you are, figure out where it'd need to be to make it comfortable for your working height then cut accordingly

Red Valley BBQ
01-31-2013, 05:14 PM
We cut the one end of our pipes at a 45 degree angle. By putting the table leg in the angled end of the pipe you adjust the height of each corner of the table by turning the pipe to help make it level on unlevel ground. Ours are 15" in length I think.

cpw
01-31-2013, 05:57 PM
We cut the one end of our pipes at a 45 degree angle. By putting the table leg in the angled end of the pipe you adjust the height of each corner of the table by turning the pipe to help make it level on unlevel ground. Ours are 15" in length I think.

Brilliant!

Pig Headed
01-31-2013, 05:58 PM
Here's a picture of a great setup I saw this year. I plan on working on one for myself before the season starts. It has 2 pipes running lengthwise under the shelf. It looks like 8 tees, 4 caps and some pvc pipes are all that's needed.

Gerrit_Boys
01-31-2013, 07:08 PM
1 1/4" schedule 80 @ 13 1/4" long. No endcaps and they're painted with that hammered silver paint to match the legs. I have to pull off the plastic plugs on the table legs. I have a couple of odd sizes that are a different color for uneven ground which I rarely use.

sdbbq1234
01-31-2013, 07:17 PM
Here's a picture of a great setup I saw this year. I plan on working on one for myself before the season starts. It has 2 pipes running lengthwise under the shelf. It looks like 8 tees, 4 caps and some pvc pipes are all that's needed.


Ok, now that is nice!

Thanks for the pic!

wallace

sdbbq1234
01-31-2013, 07:25 PM
One thing I did find was that not all folding tables are the same. Some of them have a lot shorter of a leg to put into the PVC.

This is the tables we use; the PVC is Sched 40 and 19" long:

http://www.samsclub.com/sams/lifetime-5-foot-light-commercial-fold-in-half-table-white-granite/prod6660324.ip?navAction=

http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z295/wallace123456_crt/Table-2_zps11daefb5.jpg

This type would not work for use as there was not enough leg to insert into the PVC pipe; but from the pic above, looks like I might need to rethink this:

http://www.samsclub.com/sams/6-banquet-table-commerical-quality/prod6910044.ip?sprodId=prod6910044

http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z295/wallace123456_crt/Table-1_zps0ccf35e2.jpg

wallace

Podge
01-31-2013, 09:07 PM
1-1/4'' works well for me.. also, at belly button height. prepping meat for 2-3 hours, got to definitely get your table at a comfortable height or your back will be feeling it the rest of the contest.

Stoke&Smoke
01-31-2013, 09:40 PM
One thing I did find was that not all folding tables are the same. Some of them have a lot shorter of a leg to put into the PVC.

This is the tables we use; the PVC is Sched 40 and 19" long:

http://www.samsclub.com/sams/lifetime-5-foot-light-commercial-fold-in-half-table-white-granite/prod6660324.ip?navAction=

http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z295/wallace123456_crt/Table-2_zps11daefb5.jpg

This type would not work for use as there was not enough leg to insert into the PVC pipe; but from the pic above, looks like I might need to rethink this:

http://www.samsclub.com/sams/6-banquet-table-commerical-quality/prod6910044.ip?sprodId=prod6910044

http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z295/wallace123456_crt/Table-1_zps0ccf35e2.jpg

wallace

These tables, I'm 6'6" so did 15" extensions for me, and 12" ones for my wife to do boxes on

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swamprb
01-31-2013, 10:24 PM
1.25" ID x 15" Regulation length extensions here!

MAP
02-01-2013, 06:25 AM
I took the end caps off the table and used 3/4 EMT and put them inside the legs at belly button height.

tnjimbob
02-01-2013, 07:13 AM
I was set up next to a guy at a comp late last year with the easiest solution yet. A folding chair. He was sitting down donig his prep, and I thought that was pretty clever. I know this probably won't work if you are set up on uneven ground, a field or grass, but on asphalt, it worked like a champ.

Mine are standard 1 1/2", 14" long. Need to add end caps.

BasicPatrick
02-01-2013, 09:12 AM
Why not just buy a table withe extendable legs???

eggzlot
02-01-2013, 11:05 AM
Thanks for all the ideas, got some things to consider.

bbqnjm
02-01-2013, 06:36 PM
if you know the height you want- Home Depot will even got the PVC pipe into the lengths you need for free.