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Discussion in 'General Signmaking Topics' started by xtreme872, Mar 24, 2020.

  1. xtreme872

    xtreme872 Member

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    Remodeling my shop and looking for layout, table, storage ideas. Anyone use a lamination table?
     
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  2. Christian @ 2CT Media

    Christian @ 2CT Media Major Contributor

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    We have 2
     
  3. Reveal1

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    Not a lam table, but here's a 5'X9' table that we built back in the day, always worked well in our small shop. Thanks for a topic with some normalcy. Getting ready to move everything off the floor (all except media rack on wheels) and give the floor a good clean/polish.
     

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  4. wes70

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    This was a 4x8 table. Disassembled yesterday and today (hopefully) it will be a 5x8 table with an extension.
     

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  5. iPrintStuff

    iPrintStuff Prints stuff

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    I always advise making at least one giant table that’s the length as the longest thing you want to produce. Nothing more annoying than making a 24’ banner on an 8’ table.
     
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  6. bannertime

    bannertime "You guys do banners, right?"

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    I had to cut my 20ft table down to make room for new equipment, and man I'm really missing that extra 10ft. I will say the liester hemtek has made this stuff easier. We can knock out 50ft banners on our 10ft table in minutes rather than what would take us like two hours 15 years ago.
     
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  7. Reveal1

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    Wish I had room for that 24' table. I like the idea of extension or multiple tables that can be butted together in a pinch.
     
  8. iPrintStuff

    iPrintStuff Prints stuff

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    we have two 3m tables that can be butted up if need be, so approx 20’. It’s not a massive issue now as anything that length goes right into the XY cutter. So it’s only really hemming banners that needs the tables moved sometimes now. Cutting them isn’t the issue.

    We get a lot of repeat orders for customers with 4m long poster frames and only had the one 3m table.

    As much as the posters didn’t spill onto the floor, it was still annoying cutting a bit then sliding it off/rolling it up. now it takes like 5 seconds in the XY cutter lol.
     
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  9. Gino

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    We have a 28' stationary table and a 20' stationary table for doing all kindsa things from painting to vinyl weeding to applying graphics to assembling fixtures and whatnot. Also have several 4' x 10' tables around the shop and two 2' x 10' tables out in the truck bays. About 6 months ago, I built a 3' x 10' table on wheels. Good grief has that thing come in handy. I use it for everything. In fact, that's what I'm building my onion boxes on. Made quick work of building those suckers.
     
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  10. iPrintStuff

    iPrintStuff Prints stuff

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    No wonder we’re all short on tables, Gino has them all!
     
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  11. Notarealsignguy

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    What does everyone use on the tops? Anyone not using a cutting mat? We put formica on ours, its easy enough to go over every couple of years
     
  12. Gino

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    Most are duron, with 3 or 4 coats of urathane. Some are just bare 3/4" plywood and some are old pieces of poly signs on the back. I ain't picky. None of that fancy expensive sh!t.
     
  13. wes70

    wes70 Very Active Member

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    We use hdpe on our tables.
     
  14. bannertime

    bannertime "You guys do banners, right?"

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    We use those thicker "self healing" cutting mats. The first set lasted over 20 years. Once you use up one side in like 5-10 years you flip it over and it's good as new. Expensive yeah, maybe, but very worth it in my opinion.
     
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  15. xtreme872

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    What are you all using to lay digital prints on before laminating?
     
  16. Gino

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    Just loosely roll 'em and stand them up. When ready, just send 'em through.
     
  17. Texas_Signmaker

    Texas_Signmaker Very Active Signmaker

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    The driveway is my 50' long table. The older I get the hard it is to work on it though...
     
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  18. Ldireprophil

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    Tables and storage are important parts of your shop.
     

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  19. jbennett

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    I'm about to build around a 4' x 16' work table. Anyone that wants to show off ones they have that they love and provide some ideas/inspiration, I sure would appreciate it.

    jbennett
     
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  20. Jester

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    Great info on what dimensions (w x h) are working well. What is the consensus on the best working height for a table? I built my first one, a 4' x 8', at waist height, but now that seems a little tall when working on the larger pieces.
     
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