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Forum topic by Tim08 posted 08-05-2012 08:45 PM 4103 views 1 time favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-05-2012 08:45 PM

I am designing an assembly table for my shop. i am looking for advise on the height of the table. i want to make it low enough so when working on a large piece its not too high, but don’t want to be bending over to work normally. and advice would be appreciated. the finished table is going to be 48×96

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#1 posted 08-05-2012 08:54 PM

Standard cabinet heights is 34” I being short (5’5”) like my workbench at 31” and my assembly tables are 32-33”. I use a platform on 4X4’s for my band saw as the table just is too high.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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#2 posted 08-05-2012 09:07 PM

I a hoping to build an assembly table of those dimensions once my shop construction is finished. I am 6’ tall and still growing, so I think the height of the table will be around 32” tall. I think this should be a comfortable height for an assembly table.

-- Ryan

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#3 posted 08-06-2012 02:53 PM

I haven’t done this, but it might be the best answer to the question. HTH

-- Art

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#4 posted 08-06-2012 03:49 PM

The old standard for benchtop height is that, when standing with your arms extended downward, your palms should rest flat on the table surface. Ergonomics are important, and the older I get, the more I realize it.


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#5 posted 08-06-2012 03:57 PM

My assembly table is also my outfeed table so it is exactly the same height as my table saw. I also built a pair of short sawhorses, 16”, for working on the occasional larger projects. I just throw a piece of plywood across them and I have an instant low assembly table.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#6 posted 08-06-2012 04:11 PM

I’ll chime in with another perspective, my assembly table (in my projects) is 26” tall (I’m 6’). Now I do have a separate workbench, and an outfeed table for my TS that I can use for other purposes, so I find my assembly table height to be very useful. I use it for all my glue-ups and finishing. When I’m assembling, clamping, and finishing I can see everything, reach across and inside, it’s easier to get heavier items on top of it. Overall I think it’s a great height. I also have a homemade downdraft box that I put on the assembly table the the total height is very comfortable for sanding.

-- John

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#7 posted 08-07-2012 03:54 PM

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