Portable Massage Table (video and lots of pics)

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Project by dakremer posted 10-11-2013 05:48 PM 2654 views 4 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

VIDEO LINK is to Youtube

This is a portable massage table and/or a chiropractic “pelvic bench” that I’ve designed and made. I made it for a fellow chiropractor. It folds up for easy travel and storage. It is really sturdy when it is unfolded and in use.

All hardware is from a Big Box Store. Legs are made of oak, and the rest is pine and BCX Plywood. I did all the upholstering myself, including the pillow. The pillow fits inside the bench when folded up.

I did not want to drill any holes through the leather for a handle so I came up with a suspension handle. The handle is made out of 550 paracord that I tied myself. The knot is called the cobra knot, or Solomon Bar. You can learn how to do that here (youtube channel) This guy in the link has tons of awesome knots that you can make with paracord. I suspended the handle on the inside by srewing and epoxying a block of wood with an eyebolt in it (see pics).

The latch, to keep it closed, is just and eye bolt and hook that you latch from inside the “breathe hole.”

I forgot to weigh it (damnit), but it is light enough to carry around.

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 10-11-2013 06:13 PM

Very cool and compact, Doug. Going for a patent on it?? Big money in medical equipment!!


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 10-11-2013 07:23 PM

Maybe in the future, Jim. Not any time soon though. Not enough money or time!

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#3 posted 10-11-2013 08:34 PM

Thats a great table well thought out


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#4 posted 10-11-2013 09:08 PM

Very well thought out design. Could you give us the over all demensioins (height, width, length) just in case we wanted to build one for ourselves. Also, what is the position from the edge of the bench for the breathe hole (also width and length). What’s the approximate weight?

Also noticed that the center legs have double diagonal bracing. I that really necessary and how did you accomplish that?

Very neat. Looks very sturdy. Nice upholstery job.

Thanks for sharing. (You might want to add some TAG WORDS to your project just in case someone is searching for such a project)

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#5 posted 10-11-2013 09:39 PM

Excellent project – i’m with jjm – if there is a need in the specialized marketplace perhaps someone else could run with the ball and you can collect royality cheques on your yacht ha ha
Again great job!

-- Greg Simon

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#6 posted 10-11-2013 10:04 PM


The dimensions will vary depending on who you are making it for, and whether its for a Chiropractor or a Massage Therapist. I have my client give me (with some guided advice) the dimensions they wish it to be. This particular bench is 20” wide, 68” long, and 18” high. The breathe hole on this one is 2” from the top and I believe is 2” wide and 14” long – again these dimensions depend on what the bench is meant for, and who will be laying on the bench (children, adults, etc).

The center legs having the double bracing is not necessary. This is actually the first bench I’ve done this on. I’ve never had trouble with my other benches that do not have this. However it adds stability and some strength to the bench in case you have heavier patients on it. I used the same brass locking hinges but drilled out one of the end flanges. Then I have those blocks of wood with some threading in it. A threaded knob goes through the hole in the hinge and threads into the block of wood.

If you look at my last project you’ll see a different table I made for someone. It does not have the extra center support and has a different handle on it.

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#7 posted 10-11-2013 10:08 PM

This is a very well designed and executed job.

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#8 posted 10-12-2013 03:59 AM

Thanks for the info.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#9 posted 10-14-2013 05:00 PM

That’s amazing, a massage table that folds. Great design and well built. Impressive work!

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