I'm a welder that has been approached by a chiropractor to build a table

by David

I'm in a little country in Southern Africa, I have access to some accuators and steel, but I need plans in order to build a nice table...might you be able to point me in the right direction?

Hello David,
The modern tables are really quite sophisticated, and I would have thought not worth making a once-off. He should really specify what he wants, and bring you plans or sketches. Chiropractic tables are very variable and I haven't a clue what s/he wants.
You might contact Mr Stewy Allan in Howick, South Africa. He makes a very good table and can perhaps give direction. Or is that competition? He may not well be happy to reveal his trade secrets!

Sorry, I don't think this has been very helpful.

Dr B

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Feb 17, 2015
table drop
by: Anonymous

I also want to build a table adapted to my requirements but I don't make a clue how can i make drops. can anyone tell me if i have buy the mechanism or can I build one. Thanks in advance.

I've used the sophisticated tables built by Lloyd and Xenith, and a local home-built. They are chalk and cheese. But an decent American table does indeed cost a lot of money.

Let's see if anyone can give you direction; I wish I hadn't bought a locally built table and spent the extra on a professionally built table. Then it hurts only once.

Dr B

Jul 19, 2011
by: rene

stewy allan now sells his beds through hi tech therapy, if i am not mistaken, they are his distributors, he does not sell direct anymore.


Thanks for the info.

Jul 19, 2011
chiropractic table to make
by: Dr Rene

Hi, I have made 3 tables, with help of local engineering shops, the latest i made with help of a welder friend. the problem is the time involved in making the table, not as much the products, ie steel etc, the steel etc is cheap, its the time to make it. if you are going to charge him the time then he is going to pay through his neck. the table even with drops is simple (ie the design is simple, but there are niggles in making it.

hi tech therapy has a good cheap portable with drops at the moment for R4000.00 jip 4 grand.

I am in white river if you are ever in town, give me a shout

I agree, Rene. Niggle, plenty of them.

I zou jouw graag in WitRivier op visiete komen, maar helaas ben ik niet dichtbij. Dordrecht, NL is wat een afstand, he.


Jul 11, 2011
btw, I can't find any info on this Stewie/Stewy guy
by: David

...might you have a name for his business? I have one of his tables. Pretty good. I'll hunt for his name. I know he lives and builds the tables in Howick, KZN, RSA.

Jul 11, 2011
Yeah, I do believe that would be competition :)
by: David

here's the deal...this chiropractor friend of mine can't afford the table (can't get a loan, some dumb loophole in local law)....and needs one that can be raised and lowered without a manual crank...so, an accuator/hydraulic will be best....i have access to ample accuator's...but don't have any "plans" for a table, and was simply wondering, after looking all over google and not finding any, if you had access to some.....I guess I can send that South African dude a message to see what he's willing to share :)

Better still phone your nearest chiropractors, and ask if they have an Allan ( or other table) and if you can take some measurements.
The very simple basic stationary tables without drops frankly I wouldn't want. And personally I doubt it would be worth your while to make a once-off.

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