Ideal height for router tables

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Forum topic by Praki posted 06-05-2009 06:15 AM 1866 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-05-2009 06:15 AM

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Hi All,

I bought a Rockler router table top and fence recently and I am planning to attach it to either a table or a small cabinet. My question is about the height of router tables. I feel it should be higher than the elbow level but have concerns about fatigue.

My question is, what height is your router table at? And, if you were to build one again, what would you change?


-- Praki, Aspiring Woodworker

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#1 posted 06-05-2009 06:29 AM

The correct height is what works for you to comfortable router any size piece of wood.

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#2 posted 06-05-2009 06:45 AM

I find that as opposed to a workbench where you would want it a bit lower for hand planing so that you could leverage your body weight as a pushing force -when it comes to router work – it’s easier when the top is higher up – to make it easier to eyeball bit location/position without having to bend/crouch over – which leads to what Jim said – it’s a personal thing, and depends on your height.

40”-42” works well for me.

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#3 posted 06-05-2009 07:05 AM

I built mine at 34 inches, I am 6 foot 1 and I find that its about right for me, Also the table saw and all other tables are about the same height.

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#4 posted 06-05-2009 09:04 AM

As I’m sure you know, many table saw manufacturers have put a router table in the right wing of their table saws, so that’s the height I’d go with, but like Jim said, what ever height is comfortable for you works best and is safest. If it’s possible, go to a retailer near you and see, if they have any router tables on display, how the height on those works for you. You can also look up the technical sheets for the MLCS and Benchdog tables.

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#5 posted 06-05-2009 03:31 PM

Thanks guys!

Jim and Chris – I am not sure what feels comfortable now remains so after a while. I have seen router tables which are the same height as table saws as well as taller ones. Thanks for reminding me about MLCS and Benchdog tables. I will check it out.

PurpLev – if you don’t mind my asking, how tall are you? I am 5’ 6” and my thinking is the same as what you said.

Pete – thanks for your reply.

I think I will rig something up temporarily and try a few different heights before I build a permanent one.

-- Praki, Aspiring Woodworker

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