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Blog entry by mnpete posted 870 days ago 3141 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Do any of you have a work area with a lower bench height for assembly/finishing?

http://secondwindworkshop.blogspot.com/2012/03/co-workshop-update-9-how-low-should-i.html

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canadianchips

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#1 posted 870 days ago

Yes. My workbench is 36” high, my assembly table -slash- sheet good cutting table is 24” high. I do NOT like working off the floor for anything !!!!

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hairy

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#2 posted 870 days ago

This benchtop is 32” above the floor. It works very well for me.

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mnpete

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#3 posted 869 days ago

Thanks guys. Because I have the potential of such a long run, I was even thinking about going half and half…one half as short as possible and the other half normal bench height. I’ll have to tinker with that a bit more. I think I’m sold on going with some shorter height somehow though. At 88” there isn’t much headroom for any larger pieces in a basement shop.

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Rick Dennington

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#4 posted 869 days ago

Yes…...actually I have 5 benches in my shop…..My regular bench that is 37” high x 42” wide x 101” long..

I have 2 assembly benches that are of different heighths…...one is 4’x8’ by 30” high…

The smaller one is 32” x 70” x 22” high…both benches handle different projects according to size…...

This is the smaller bench…........

And here’s the larger assembly bench for bigger projects…....

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DS

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#5 posted 869 days ago

Yup, the 24”h assembly bench lives across from the 36”h workbench. It’s a comfortable fit for me – especially building case goods.

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mnpete

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#6 posted 868 days ago

Rick, I like that little bench. I may steal that idea.

The shortest I could go, using these cabinets as the base would be around 29.5 – 30 inches. Is it worth it? Am I trying to squeeze to much functionality in? Should I just push them all the way up to the window sill and go with a short rolling bench like Rick has?

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PineInTheAsh

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#7 posted 868 days ago

To have rolling, fixed-height assembly tables like Rick Dennington’s is the way to go.

For those in tight basement/garage shops there is little or no room for such luxuries.
Pete, you mentioned an outside area available. My crowded shop is a few steps to a level patio where short horses and a rolling cart can be cobbled creating a comfortable and safe working level. The cart also serves as an outfeed table.

A few projects are staring down at me, but ShopNotes’ Adjustable Height Assembly Table from Issue 60 is in the queue. Easily modified to fit one’s need, is relatively easy to make and might be a solution.

Not quite sure if this answers your post.

(BTW, you have a smart, handsome, great name.)

Everbest,
Peter

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ptweedy

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#8 posted 868 days ago

Is the floor level in the direction you want to arrange them? If not you will have to count the base wedge into the height before the top thickness. If you give up call me I am just down the I in the springs. I would love to take them off your hands. Phil

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mnpete

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#9 posted 863 days ago

Thanks guys! New post on the way with a big thanks for all your input. Lumberjocks is great!

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