My Massage Table Designing and Building Story
For many years I made a living building massage tables of my own design. It was a good business while it lasted. That was in the 80’s. I was living in Santa Cruz, although I did make a few tables while living in other locations. Those were the nascent days of massage table manufacturing. I had a number of massage schools who loved my tables ad bought them from me. But it wasn’t too long before more and more businesses popped up selling massage tables; most of them for more “professional” than it is in my nature to be. They had many varieties and glossy brochures and were mass produced and could sell quantities at lower prices. When I lost my ability to market to or through massage schools, that was it.
No regrets. I had a good run at it. Those were good times. And I left in my wake many satisfied and happy customers.
Massage Table Plans
What I Offer Here
I no longer build or sell massage tables. But it would make me a happy man to see some new Roger Brown massage tables be generated in the world. (I marketed my tables under the name Phoenix for a brief time but for the most part they were just sold as “Roger Brown massage tables”.)
Over the course of my years of building the tables I developed some very good lists of parts and procedures for my own reference. What I had plus a few more that I have just put together should provide someone with enough details to build their own table.
I had several gluing jigs which helped a lot but they are not absolutely necessary. Precision is important. To build a table successfully probably requires some familiarity with tools and carpentry. Also, I had sewed the vinyl corners with a nifty sewing awl that I have. Some means will be needed to sew the corners although it is possible to just fold and tack them, I believe.
I had several gluing jigs which helped a lot but they are not absolutely necessary. Precision is important. To build a table successfully probably requires some familiarity with tools and carpentry. Also, I hand sewed the vinyl corners with a nifty sewing awl that I have. Some means will be needed to sew the corners although it is possible to just fold and tack them, I believe.
I can’t guarantee that you will save money building your own table. If you don’t need to buy tools or anything it should be cheaper than buying a new one, but I’m out of the loop. I don’t know what materials cost these days and neither do I keep up with the massage table market.
The Do-it-yourself Massage Tables Package Costs $25
You are welcome to share these plans as you wish. Get together with friends and save money buying material for several tables at a time.
Click the big yellow Buy Now button below to buy the plans.
Here is a list of what $25 gets you.
• 13 neat exact drawings (made in drawing program) of all of the table components.
• 8 photos of the tables.
The following 8 documents:
• A Few Notes (the overview)
• Construction Procedure (step by step I followed and checked off while building each table)
• Head Rest Ply (drawing and notes specific to the head rest)
• Tools List
• Massage Tables Info (my sales pitch describing the features)
• Some Specs (notes and diagrams about some peripheral stuff)
• Table Set-Up Instructions (notes for set-up and storage I included in every table)
• Table Parts (my shopping list with every single part I needed to build the tables)
And finally, I love my sewing awl so much and think that anyone who endeavors to be a handicraft person should have one, that I will give the makers a pitch and put a link here for the Awl for All. I have used it to repair backpacks and many other jobs involving heavy material. Click here for the website for the Awl for All.
Whenever there is a hard job to be done I assign it to a lazy man;
he is sure to find an easy way of doing it.
– Walter Chrysler