fold-away tables for large finishing jobs?

bcr

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we don't have much space here but we have a very long corridor outside which we can temporarily occupy for large print runs.

which got me thinking, I should get some long tables which can be folded away when not in use, for when we have to produce large runs of documents.

A wall-paper table came to mind but it would need to support probably 20kg of weight.

Just wondering if anyone has any recommendations for something like this? We also use a lot of document trolleys with shelves, but you can't beat a long worksurface. Lidl have a set of three height adjustable tables which fold away to nothing and can support 35kg each. I might give them a try,

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we don't have much space here but we have a very long corridor outside which we can temporarily occupy for large print runs.

which got me thinking, I should get some long tables which can be folded away when not in use, for when we have to produce large runs of documents.

A wall-paper table came to mind but it would need to support probably 20kg of weight.

Just wondering if anyone has any recommendations for something like this? We also use a lot of document trolleys with shelves, but you can't beat a long worksurface. Lidl have a set of three height adjustable tables which fold away to nothing and can support 35kg each. I might give them a try,

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Many years ago, I had a similar issue. The "solution" a member of our team came up with. We bought inexpensive folding tables (see example below) that had curved legs. Because the height of the tables (floor to surface of table) was not sufficient (to avoid back-stress problems for our team members), we purchased long metal (cylindrical) pipes and cut the pipes down into 10" lengths. We then inserted the table legs into the pipes, which served to raise the table-surface height to an acceptable level for our team members doing assembly / finishing work. (we called these "pipe legs".)

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Many years ago, I had a similar issue. The "solution" a member of our team came up with. We bought inexpensive folding tables (see example below) that had curved legs. Because the height of the tables (floor to surface of table) was not sufficient (to avoid back-stress problems for our team members), we purchased long metal (cylindrical) pipes and cut the pipes down into 10" lengths. We then inserted the table legs into the pipes, which served to raise the table-surface height to an acceptable level for our team members doing assembly / finishing work. (we called these "pipe legs".)

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Oh, and we also purchased rubber caps for the bottoms of the pipe legs (so the tables wouldn't shake or move and so the pipe legs would not scratch the floor.)
 
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rcreveli

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Oh, and we also purchased rubber caps for the bottoms of the pipe legs (so the tables wouldn't shake or move and so the pipe legs would not scratch the floor.)
We did something similar. We bought a 4X4 and cut it to make the leg extensions. We drilled holes about an inch deep in the center of each extension to rest the table leg in.
 
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pdan

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Many years ago, I had a similar issue. The "solution" a member of our team came up with. We bought inexpensive folding tables (see example below) that had curved legs. Because the height of the tables (floor to surface of table) was not sufficient (to avoid back-stress problems for our team members), we purchased long metal (cylindrical) pipes and cut the pipes down into 10" lengths. We then inserted the table legs into the pipes, which served to raise the table-surface height to an acceptable level for our team members doing assembly / finishing work. (we called these "pipe legs".)

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I've experienced the idea using pvc/plumbing. Easier to cut to length (?).
 
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Magnus59

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A place I worked many years ago where they hand collated many of their perfect bound book sections after folding had a big round table with a motor underneath that would spin it. We used to have up to 6 people around that table hand collating the books as the sections spun around to them.
 

bcr

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A place I worked many years ago where they hand collated many of their perfect bound book sections after folding had a big round table with a motor underneath that would spin it. We used to have up to 6 people around that table hand collating the books as the sections spun around to them.
thanks for the feedback, folks, some good ideas here. Like the sound of the rotating table :) like a less interesting lazy susan.
 

TJPrinter

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The folding wall paper tables idea is clever, I really like that! I don’t have much room in my shop and I needed a 4’x8’ table for larger wide format jobs. I didn’t need to walk around the whole work table so I built a work table that was attached to the wall with hinges and I just hinge it down when I have the occasional oversize job. If I didn’t need it to be 4’ I would have hinged hollow core doors with legs.

The wall paper tables is a winning idea.
 
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