Frequently Asked Questions

These are the queries that most often spring up when people contemplate the truly revolutionary Eli Tables concept

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How Large Is an Eli-Table ?

How Large Is an Eli-Table?

The smallest Eli-Table has a footprint of 2′-6″ x 6′-0″. However, because of its modular design there is no upper limit to the size of an Eli-Table. It is my hope to regularly establish new Guinness Book of World Records records for the largest and longest Eli-Table; as well as one for the largest number of interconnected parts in the smallest footprint.

 

How Much Does an Eli Table Weigh ?

 How Much Does an Eli Table Weigh ?

This will depend largely on which production method is eventually adopted. If they are injection molded; a rail will weigh about 5 lbs, a beam about 3-1/2 lbs and a leg about 8lbs. If roto-molded and filled with rigid foam; a rail will weigh about 3lbs, a beam about 2 lbs and a leg about 6 lbs. For example, the largest assembly pictured (10 Legs, 8 Rails, 3 Long Beams, 2 Short Beams & accessories) would weigh about 134 lbs total (if injection molded) and about 110 lbs if roto-molded. The smallest (4 legs, 2 short beams and 3 rails) would weigh about 50 lbs if injection molded and about 41 lbs if roto-molded. Parts bundled together for transport

  • Pair of legs – 16lbs/12lbs
  • Four long beams – 14lbs/8lbs
  • Four rails – 20lbs/16lbs

When transporting, one need never handle more than 20lbs at a time, When assembling / disassembling, often 8lbs or less.

 

What is the Load Bearing Capacity of an Eli-Table ?

What is the Load Bearing Capacity of an Eli-Table ? 

Ultimately, the load bearing capacity will be determined by the final choice of materials; but will, at a minimum, be comparable, or superior, to the 450lb rated capacity of its primary competitors. That said, by increasing the number of beams in an assemblage and the number of legs per beam; capacities of several times that are possible. You assemble a particular Eli-Table to suit your particular task. Only what you need; or whatever you may require.

 

What kind of Clamps Can I Use with an Eli-Table ?

 What kind of Clamps Can I Use with an Eli-Table ?

In addition to the usual assortment of Spring, C, Bar, K, Framers and Hand-screws; strap, chain, bench mounted toggle clamps and hold downs may also be used with an Eli-Table. Machinist clamps, owing to their more circular shape, unfortunately, will not fit.

 

What Size Clamps can I use with an Eli-Table ?

 What Size Clamps can I use with an Eli-Table ? 

Any Spring clamp with a 1” or greater jaw opening C-clamps of between 3” – 10” Standard bar clamps of any size Jorgensen Hand Screws up to size 2 The Bessey K clamp with the large fixed end will not fit, but the rest will.

 

How Many Clamping Positions are there on an Eli-Table ?

 How Many Clamping Positions are there on an Eli-Table ? 

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”.) The example shown (which has a 3′ x 6′ footprint) has 48 clamping, bolting, bench dog positions on the tops of the rails, and another 50 face & end clamping positions.

 

Can I Clamp Irregularly Shaped Objects to an Eli-Table ?

 Can I Clamp Irregularly Shaped Objects to an Eli-Table ?

An assembled Eli-Table creates a grid of clamping points and/or bench dog positions (3” x 6” O/C) that can accommodate any irregular shape. 

 

What is the X-Y Story Stick Effect ?

What is the “X-Y Story Stick” Effect of an Eli-Table ? 

An Eli-Table can be “squared”; when required. The regular spacing of bench dog/clamping positions facilitates 3,4,5 squaring. The 3″ x 6″ (O/C) grid is constant across an Eli-Table of any size; and among any group of Eli-Tables. This means that large items may be worked consecutively (or by teams); secure in the knowledge that it will come back together in registration.

 

Where do I keep my Hand Tools when Working at an Eli-Table ?

 Where do I keep my Hand Tools when Working at an Eli-Table ? 

There are repositionable accessory trays that clip into the clamp windows of the rails; as seen here .

 

What Does an Eli-Table Cost ?

What Does an Eli-Table Cost ?

A key determinant of whether this “hopeful monster” will ever arise from its slab is whether the cost of production and distribution can be kept low enough to permit it to be price competitive with existing products. MSRP on the top end WorkMate® is $145, Miter Saw stands start at about $100 and can top out at nearly $500. Plastic folding sawhorses start at about $20 per pair while some of the steel folding horses are as much as $40 apiece. A base model Jawhorse® can be had for about $150, but require accessories at $40-$60 a pop to provide a “working surface”. The MSRP for the EZ-One® is $1,200; while the MSRP for their Multi-Form Master Table® is $325. MSRP for the BenchMark™ Portable Work Table is $399.95 and the Festool MFT/3 is $943.75

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Where Can I Buy an Eli-Table ?

Where Can I Buy an Eli-Table ? 

It grieves me to say so, but at present you can’t. If the concept is accepted by the community of “make-it-happen”, and it goes into production; then you may expect to be able to purchase the components at all the big box stores (and their on-line outlets) and from the many other on-line retailers. You will also be able to rent parts from the equipment rental companies that serve the building trades as well as individual users. Since the underlying vision of Eli-Tables is “coming together” It is my hope that a community of users will arise willing to share parts with other members of that community. 

 

 

What Can I Do To Help ?

What Can I Do To Help ?

Tell everyone you know. Leave comments, feedback, snarky remarks in appropriate places on this site. Take the “Price Point” survey. Shop in our Prints & Paraphernalia Online Store for T-shirts, caps, mugs, flasks, clocks, totes and jigsasw puzzles. You can also pick up high resolution re-prints of some of the original drawings submitted as part of the Eli-Tables patent.

The next phase is to create a production prototype; as opposed to the laboratory prototype already tested. Casting techniques exist for making batches of between 75-100 before the molds become unuseable. That would be a sufficient number for “testing to failure” to determine load ratings and to smoke out any remaining design issues.

Are you, or do you know someone with, that production capability? Can you arrange an introduction? Are you, or do you know someone, in a decision making capacity at a firm large enough to carry this project into full production and distribution? Can you arrange an introduction? Are you at a rental firm that serves the Building Trades or the Event Production Industry who might have an interest in having this product in your rental inventory? Can you arrange an introduction? Are you at a firm whose product line might profit from the success of Eli-Tables such as clamp manufacturers, plunge-cutting rail saws etc.; who might have an interest in becoming an “angel investor?” Do you have an interest and the means to become an “angel investor” personally?

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