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Blog entry by kiefer posted 03-09-2014 03:08 AM 2050 reads 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Found this today and it almost went into the metal recycle bin .

A fellow at the local recycle depot had them set aside and just after unloading my stuff I looked over as he was removing the tarp from these tables .
I ask politely what he was going to do with them and he said you want them ?
I was all over them and we had them loaded in about two minutes and I was on my way home .
These are table elevating pedestals and are commercial quality and I hate to guess at the price ,just a little dusty but work like new .
I wonder what I can build with them and I am looking for suggestions .

-- Kiefer

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#1 posted 03-09-2014 03:22 AM

I’m not 100% sure what these are but if the height is adjustable (from looking at them) they can be a great value as a out feed table for different tools.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#2 posted 03-09-2014 03:31 AM

Hi Dave
These are adjustable in height and elevate 10” and that is what I was thinking but I am also looking at some sort of fence or router lift .

-- Kiefer

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#3 posted 03-09-2014 03:34 AM

I would use one of them to help me get sheet goods out of the back of my minivan, into my garage and onto a table so I could start breaking them down. I’d put locking casters under them and extend the angle iron sides to support a 4×8 sheet. I would roll it to the back of my car, lock the wheels and lower it so I could slide a sheet out onto it. I would then unlock the wheels, roll it into the garage, lock the wheels again and raise it up so I could slide the sheet onto the table.

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#4 posted 03-09-2014 03:39 AM

You could make the equivalent of the adjustabench . People who are into carving or routing often use these to be able to lift the working surface higher when they carve or route .

-- Yves

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#5 posted 03-09-2014 04:17 AM

I was thinking an adjustable height assembly/finishing table.
Perhaps using both and linking the height adjustment mechanics.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#6 posted 03-09-2014 04:30 AM

Just keep them around for a while and let the clever little guy who lives in the back of your brain work on it for a while on his own time. I bet he kicks a really innovative plan out to you in a few days. I have a lot of respect for your intuition.
I have no doubt you will come up with something unexpected.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#7 posted 03-09-2014 04:54 AM


I would love to have something like that to have an adjustable workbench rather than having to climb on a stool or small ladder when I can’t comfortably reach the area I’m sanding or assembling. I would just add a good sturdy flat table top to it.

Let us know what you create!


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#8 posted 03-09-2014 05:01 AM

You could make a worktable that goes from sitting position to a higher one for standing.
If you are like me with back issue that will help to go from the sitting position to the standing position.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#9 posted 03-09-2014 05:28 AM


Paul said it all! I think that’s the way it will grow. I would pose the question “What do I need?” Then sleep on it!

You may deconstruct it and reconstruct it. LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#10 posted 03-09-2014 05:30 AM

Im with Paul! Im sure whatever you come up with will be awesome! Great find buddy

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#11 posted 03-09-2014 05:46 AM

our local calgary Alberta govt surplus stores sells these kinda things for 5 or 10 bucks

OK, they’re old hospital bedside tables, but I’ve modified one to make a cabinet jack, Took afew minutes with a hacksaw. But lets me locate and support uppers ever so easily

I’ve got one over my assembly table to hold chisels/screwdrivers etc. When need be, I just wheel it out of the way.

My grinder was gonna go over the cold air return for the furnace, so another adjustable govt surplus stand (??printer) got modified to hold the grinder and still allow the air flow.

These puppies have let me augment my limited floor space with a fair modicum of ease of access and flexibility. as well as eaey the load on the back for site installs.

Last govt surplus purchase was for a table on casters, quite solid, so I could mount my new-to-me General maxilathe at a heght below my saw table…another five bucks…locking casters cost me more than that!

5 minutes with tape measure and hack saw fixed the height problem, and although the lathe is mounted way lower that a rational person might want, the added bonus is that I look down upon it, and it is so much easier to align the tool rest with the ways, and to boot, the chips don’t fly as far,

Wait a minute, I mispoke. Last govt surplus was for two vacuum pumps for the vacuum veneer bags.
The old one was getting flakey, so I had to spend big time and get another two for about 50us$

Buddy wants one for a vacuum chuck for his lathe.

Total investment over the years maybe 90 bucks.

Definitely an avenue for investigation a fella shouldn’t ignore. Even office chairs, 5-10 bucks each vs the 30 or 40 bucks at Gsales. Desks, file cabinets, etc

Worth while checking out yer local govt surplus


-- Real_cowtown_eric

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#12 posted 03-09-2014 11:59 AM

Wild guess. Looks to me like an out feed or infeed platform for a large printing press.

-- Ed "Real happiness is one that you share."

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#13 posted 03-09-2014 12:56 PM

Also looks like the stand of an adjustable drafting table. With the appropriate surface or table top, work pieces could be placed on it and adjusted to a comfortable working height.

-- Ed "Real happiness is one that you share."

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#14 posted 03-09-2014 01:03 PM

It seems to me that an adjustable height table would work well on a tool with an adjustable height, like for a drill press out-feed table for example, but I have a feeling you will probably come up with something a lot more creative than that idea once you’ve had time to think it over awhile.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#15 posted 03-09-2014 05:59 PM

Great find! I’m sure you’ll put ‘em to good use.

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