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Topic: My New Briefcase Table
Message: Posted by: philraso (Jul 22, 2017 11:13AM)
Getting back into performing so I need to build a few things. Started with a new briefcase table. Was pretty easy to make. Music stand and Harbor Freight.

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Message: Posted by: 61magic (Jul 22, 2017 01:10PM)
I've made a couple of these, they work great. I found over time the case wanted to sag and lean from the weight so I added a 3/8" plywood the shape of the inside of the case to the bottom inside using E6000 glue.
The flange what screwed to this to cure the sag in the case. FYI in the event you didn't do it that way.

Nice job it looks very professional.
Message: Posted by: philraso (Jul 22, 2017 03:15PM)
Yes. Great tip.
Message: Posted by: philraso (Jul 22, 2017 03:20PM)
Also added 28 gauge wire to hold the sides square. I don't like it leaning forward. And thanks for the compliment.

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Message: Posted by: Dick Oslund (Jul 23, 2017 05:24AM)
I note that you are using that 28 gauge to "stabilize" the lid. I've used black nylon cord, but I prefer the "stays" such as are used in card tables.

I've used various tripods over the years, but finally settled on a waiters tray stand. (faster set up for a school show, when doing 3 or 4 a day) A few years ago, I "stumbled" on a folding table (thrift shop) similar to a waiters stand, that had been used, years ago, to put a 35mm projector on, when showing those 35mm slide pictures. (now, you KNOW that I'm old!) The legs, at the bottom, "went" straight down. That allowed me to insert casters in the tubing. A "roll on" table!!! When I got inside the school, I could set the table, place my prop case (a "fat" attache case) on it, and roll in down the corridor to the auditorium, or gymnasium. The prop case and props weighs only 22 lbs, but I save my energy for the show!
Message: Posted by: philraso (Jul 23, 2017 08:46AM)
That's a great idea. I will look into that. Different look on stage, but will do the job for sure. Something to look into for sure.
Message: Posted by: Dick Oslund (Jul 23, 2017 11:43AM)
Phil! Taint nothin' wrong with your tripe and keester set up. I sure wouldn't throw it away. I was doing a minimum of 13 per week, and as many as 17--19 programs per week. I had to move in and out fast!

Over 50 years on the road, I used, at first, a Town House "roll on" NITE CLUB TABLE. Then. a borrowed Caféteria table from the school. I then, had a magician friend make a "Merv Taylor Suitcase Table". It looked great and packed neatly, but, like all those types of prop table/cases, it was too HEAVY. I bought a 13" x 20" x 8" fiber salesman's sample case, and re organized the props so they would fit. (the dimensions, then. were the maximum size that would fit under the seat ("carry on luggage"). For awhile, I used a tripe that fit in the case, but the waiter type stand,finally "won the battle".

If you're doing 40 milers or less, and one per day, you should get along just fine.

A couple of months ago, in the "Where to put it all" section, someone said he would like to see the inside of my prop case. This past week, Colton Raelund, whom I have been mentoring, visited for a few days. He has one of the "new" cameras that "shows you the picture it just took". He shot a picture and will post it in the "Where to Put it All".
Message: Posted by: Michael Baker (Jul 25, 2017 07:33PM)
Looks great, Phil!
Message: Posted by: philraso (Jul 26, 2017 09:07PM)
Wow - didn't see you here! I need some of your posts so I can go to the "basement"
Message: Posted by: novasteeple (Aug 9, 2017 11:02AM)
Very nice setup, Phil! In case it helps anyone, here's a link to the case: https://www.harborfreight.com/18-in-x-6-in-x-13-in-black-aluminum-case-62271.html . I just happened to purchase two last weekend, and they're unbeatable for $29.99. Notably, they're the perfect depth for a vertical deck of cards.

Does anyone happen to have an easy link to the flange or stand? I know it's not rocket science, but it's always nice to go with the same thing that's worked for others.
Message: Posted by: novasteeple (Aug 11, 2017 11:37AM)
Harbor Freight has a 20% coupon on their home page for August 11-13, 2017, along with a free flashlight, batteries, and microfiber cloths:
https://www.harborfreight.com/
Message: Posted by: philraso (Aug 11, 2017 12:35PM)
I picked up the flange and pipe at Home Depot. I think I have 3/4" Make sure it fits your stand. My stand from Guitar Warehouse. Music stand.

Proline GMS80A Conductor Sheet Music Stand
Item #: 1274228076964
Message: Posted by: novasteeple (Aug 11, 2017 12:42PM)
[quote]On Aug 11, 2017, philraso wrote:
I picked up the flange and pipe at Home Depot. I think I have 3/4" Make sure it fits your stand. My stand from Guitar Warehouse. Music stand.

Proline GMS80A Conductor Sheet Music Stand
Item #: 1274228076964 [/quote]

Great, thank you!
Message: Posted by: 1Show4U (Aug 30, 2017 10:28AM)
What do you carry in your case and what kind of act do you perform Phil? Inquiring minds just curious to know.

Good day, M
Message: Posted by: philraso (Aug 30, 2017 05:11PM)
Nothing too exciting in my case. Just what I need for the current show set I'm doing. Cards, envelopes, whatever. I try to pack small and play big.
Message: Posted by: Dick Oslund (Aug 31, 2017 06:22AM)
[quote]On Aug 30, 2017, philraso wrote:
Nothing too exciting in my case. Just what I need for the current show set I'm doing. Cards, envelopes, whatever. I try to pack small and play big. [/quote]

THAT'S the "key" to "success" Phil!
Message: Posted by: Slim King (Sep 16, 2017 01:20PM)
These look great .. I have a few old mic stands around .. maybe I'll try this????? :dancing:
Message: Posted by: Nem (Apr 13, 2019 09:31AM)
Nice. Does the stand fit inside the case?
Message: Posted by: philraso (Apr 26, 2019 07:47AM)
No it doesn’t.
Message: Posted by: sandromagic (May 3, 2019 09:56AM)
Looks pretty good. Gave me some ideas. Thanks.