After some consideration, and some online browsing, we decided instead to bring the surface of the table UP - leaving us an intact table should we change direction in the future.
It's been a while since I have been able to get the table fully cleared off - as it was also Christmas wrapping central - but this weekend I was able to take this table to it's next step.
|Table cover made of sandwiched together insulating foam boards from Home Depot, with a spot cut out for my machine. This was a very messy cutting process - if you do this, try to do it outside!|
|Cleared off table top - wow, have not seen it that clean in a long time.|
|Due to the foam thickness, we had to make a small platform for the machine to bring it up to level, but now my work space extends pretty smoothly from the machine bed right to the foam platform- and the projects slide nicely on the vinyl.|
|The view from above.|
I only wish I had done this sooner!