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#1 posted 09-23-2011 12:07 AM

I have a bench that is as high as my table saw, about 34” or so. Why? It seemed to be a good reference point when I built the bench; everything I did was just ‘used to’ working at that height. Since then, when cutting and chiseling out dozens of dovetails, it did seem at times I was bent over alot. I’ve even considered one of those secondary jointer’s mini-bench things that would bring the work closer to my eyes. But I’ve not done much more than think about it; it’s not a huge issue / pain / inconvenience. I did do lots of material prep, and know that the bench height was right for that. Just as reaching across a wider panel was a pain, having the work too high would have been no fun at all. No strength when I’d need it.

That said, it’s obvious that taking material off of legs that prove to be too long is easier than adding length back. You’ve got an interesting point, one that I think is valid based on the way you plan on using your new bench. So make it taller and try it. If all works well, you’re done. If not, take a couple inches off at a time until you are pleased (as Mike suggests). Makes sense to me.

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