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a raised height cutting board for tall cooks

I have a lot of lower back pain when I'm bending over the low counter in the kitchen for more than about ten minutes at a time. My friend Colleen has a longer way to bend.

She and a friend came up with a raised height counter top. It is much cheaper than having custom cabinets and counters put in. They found a manufacturer and a product will be announced in soon on her blog. Feel free to share it with tall or even just tallish cooks.

The length and width can be custom and the height is set by a measurement to your elbow.

If you're in an apartment like me or your budget is tight, this may be the best way to get some back relief. I'm going to get one of these.

Watch the outtakes video on her blog, she awesomely funny.

This is an edit now that it is an official project. Here is how you can measure yourself o find he right height. There is a link n that page to the company that makes it that has photos and more details.

Jheri out


Her friend who helped out on this wrote about his, which is for someone who is 6'1

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Comment by Dave 5'28" Rasmussen on February 18, 2010 at 5:14pm
yea. Well the whole story is Mar 31 2009 I was crossing the street at the University of WI - Milwaukee between the biosci and business buildings with painted controlled crossing, southbound cars stopped but I could tell this northbound car was going to be trouble. After foot crossed centerline I jumped back to not get hit, and startled with umbrella in hand tossed it to the back of his car. He got out, not big at all. I remember telling him we could talk about this as I walked away but woke up in an ambulance with my supervisor and a cop, 1 block from the hospital. He apparently jumped on me after I passed out from a sucker punch. I remember none of this. broken right ankle,. small bones in left foot, 15 stitches above right eye. No witnesses, but the police did get his license and arrested him later in a repeated cocaine incident and I think he's still in jail. I was lucky he didn;t have a knife or gun. Lesson: do not throw umbrellas at drivers.
Comment by Cheyenne Throckmorton on February 19, 2010 at 12:15am
or lesson. don't bring an umbrella to a gun or knife fight!

In any case, its good to hear you are doing much better and without having ventured too far off topic, the rolling chair around the kitchen, while not ideal is still a brilliant adaptation to being so big in such a little world.
Comment by Jack Swalley on February 19, 2010 at 12:39pm
My suggestion is about a new kitchen that I helped put in in 1997. Since we were putting in NEW cabinets, I remembered a cheap trick that one of our TALL carpenters, Drew, had showed me to help one of our TALL members through his cancer. The man with cancer had a favorite reclining chair that he was now having difficulties getting out of. Drew just said make a 2X4 box and put it underneath the chair. For the next 2 months until he died, he had no more problems getting out of the raised chair.
Measure the outside dimensions of what you are lifting. Cut a 4 corner plywood of 1/2" or better to those dimensions according to the total weight to be held up. Cut 4 2x4s to give the height and structure to the box. Fasten with wallboard screws. Voila. A 5-6" raised surface that took an extra 15 minutes per cabinet. 15 years later, the kitchen is still the talk of new people in the kitchen..
Comment by Jack Swalley on March 14, 2010 at 2:09pm
Let me be more specific. The success of putting the chair on a 2x4 box platform led to the IDEA of simple, raised platforms for all kinds of applications. A 2x4 box which four 2x4 are attached simply with wallboard screws on the outside edge of a 3/4 inch plywood square or rectangle measured to the dimension of what is being raised. In the case of cabinets, the platform box dimensions would be the exact bottom dimension of the individual cabinet. The 2x4 gives a 4" higher surface. 2x6 or 2x8 pieces would raise the box platform higher. I wouldn't recommend any higher than 2x4 for older kitchens. 2x4s and plywood are very inexpensive in most home improvement stores.
Raising the surfaces of cabinets and sinks in a kitchen is an idea that is simple, CHEAP and is appreciated even by 5'6" regular people.


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