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  • Vertical Table

  • Dan Evans

    Member
    November 25, 2020 at 12:01 pm

    Before you shoot me down, hear me out.

    I want to gain more floor space so I have come up with an idea for a vertical table and wonder why now one else has done it apart from the obvious.

    My idea is to build a 2m x 3m table with a 5-10% incline and a notch at the bottom to stop the boards and graphics slipping down. I intend to make the table top with mdf and then glue a 1mm metal sheet to the top of the mdf so the table is then magnetic.

    Possible issues.

    Applying application tape…

    Now I’m not fussed about applying app tape to 610mm media as I have a machine to do that for me but graphics larger than 610mm will be an issue. For this my idea is to put a roller each side of the table and match the incline, I can then pull this left or right depending on how I want to work and apply. Now the issue with this is the app tape will more than likely start sagging in the middle, so another idea is to apply the app tape vertical then trim, pull the media along and repeat.

    Cutting…

    Running a blade along a metal sheet won’t be nice at all, adding a cutting mat to the top would then stop it being magnetic so not sure what to do here and I currently have no solution to this.

    What are your thoughts?

  • Martyn Heath

    Member
    November 25, 2020 at 1:39 pm

    LOAD……AIM……FIRE! 😂

  • Phill Fenton

    Member
    November 25, 2020 at 2:47 pm

    Why not drill a series of holes in the table top then connect a vacuum cleaner to the underside to provide suction, then you would have a bed that held everything in place while working and wouldn’t go sliding down to the lower edge of the table?

    Astronauts use a similar vacuum system when taking a pee in outer space…

  • Duncan Wilkie

    Member
    November 25, 2020 at 10:52 pm

    Hi Dan,

    I think the idea is good. There are certainly some challenges. In my old sign shop, we had a light table on an easil. It was great for registering colours.

    Back in the day, we signwriters used easels to support our work on. Much easier than leaning over a sign flat on a table.

    There are angled CNC router tables. I think those are a bit of an engineering nightmare, but someone has worked it out.

    I guess your idea is doable, but it’s going to take some head scratching.

    Let us know how it works out.

  • Chris Wool

    Member
    November 27, 2020 at 10:08 pm

    not so daft if short of space i had one years ago when space was short really nice to lay up boards on but weeding a bit strange.

    like the magnet idea is there a magnetic vinyl for white boards which could be covered with a couple of layers of stone-guard material just don’t be a animal on it. modern high power magnets are cheap and plentiful .

    i had lots of strategically placed holes drilled to take pegs to hold different size boards at suitable heights.

    possible to hinge the btm half to swing out on to legs to make a flat area best of both worlds…

    enjoy

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