What Sets Eli-Tables Apart?
What sets Eli-Tables apart? There are five design paradigms that cover all competing products.
- Saw horses
- Folding tables with guides or other features
- Carts or hand-trucks with fold-out extensions
- A multifunction vise in an integral stand
- An isokinetic “pop-up” lattice
Eli-Tables is an entirely new design paradigm.
All of them must be either deployed or stowed. They are all “all-or-nothing” objects. With the exception of the horses and the lattice, all are made to perform only one particular task.
Eli-Tables takes a radically different approach. It is a system of modular parts (not a single object); and is therefore infinitely expandable and adaptable for many different jobsite/workshop tasks. Only what is necessary need be deployed. Whatever is required can be deployed.
Like the isokinetic lattice Centipede™, the Eli-Table creates a “virtual surface”; (the best table-top is the one that’s never in the way) But there; the similarity ends; as it, too, is an all-or-nothing object.
One effect of the Eli-Table’s modularity is that any Eli-Table of any size (from 2′ x 6′ to the size of a mall parking lot) can be “squared”, if needed; and serve as both a planar and square reference. The dog/bolt holes lie on a uniform grid that is constant across all Eli-Tables regardless of size. This ‘XY-Story Stick’ effect means that large items may be worked in sections. Either, consecutively, where space it too tight, or by teams, where space permits; secure in the knowledge that the whole will come back into correct alignment when assembled.
Because of this modular design individuals may combine their kits to assemble larger Eli-Tables than any individual could create alone. It also opens up the possibility of renting parts on an as needed basis.
Its portability also derives from its modular design. Instead of a single heavy object on wheels, the lightweight individual parts may be dispersed into otherwise wasted space; be it on the back of a pick-up, in a work van, or in a tightly packed garage/home workshop.
The support it provides is not from a continuous surface or from “points”; but from multiple parallel rails. It therefore provides unobstructed cut paths, and multiple axes of support for both parts produced by a cut. This eliminates the risk of binding and tear-away while avoiding the hazards of cutting into or through the support; or requiring a separate sacrificial surface which must be replaced periodically.
There are positions for clamping objects to the top, ends or faces of the rails at 6” intervals (by clamp orientation – alternate planes every 3”.) Those on the top can also be used with bench dogs, hold downs or bolts for fastening workpieces, tools or custom jigs. It is these top positions which create the ‘XY-Story Stick’ effect.
It provides many more points and modes for securing workpieces and tools over a much larger working surface.
The “open” design provides access to the underside of workpieces. It also prevents paint, finishes, cleaners and solvents from puddling around an object being cleaned or finished.
A serious failing shared by most table saw stands is inadequate or non-existent outfeed support. This leads to unsatisfactory cuts and exposes the operator to danger. Mounting a portable table saw as shown gives you a full 80″ x 30″ of continuous out-feed.
One of the most significant features, that sets Eli-Tables apart, is multi-functionality. If you own a tool stand dedicated to your power miter saw, you will need another dedicated to your tablesaw (you may also need to purchase an additional accessory outfeed support.) You will still require one or more pairs of sawhorses to approximate the capabilities of an Eli-Table. Moreover, there is no guarantee that these different devices from different manufacturers will have compatible working heights.
In the same way that a computer’s operating system is a platform on which apps are run; so too, Eli Tables are a platform on which users may rapidly mount and dismount whatever custom jigs and fixtures they may devise for their particular needs.