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Forum topic by patcollins posted 05-10-2015 08:02 PM 1233 views 0 times favorited 25 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-10-2015 08:02 PM

Not looking for a measurement because I am most likely taller than you.

I have a workbench made to a standard size that I find too low, it falls right about my inseam, maybe a hair lower. I think I want to have it hit me between my waist and bellybutton.

So where do you think it should fall? Where does yours fall on you?

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#1 posted 05-10-2015 09:15 PM

I have raised mine twice using 2X4 blocks. It sits right at 39” now, and I’m considering adding another block. My BACK is so much happier now :-)

I’m 6’2” for reference

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#2 posted 05-10-2015 09:16 PM

I’m 5’8” and mine sits comfortably just above my belt loop height – works for me so far

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#3 posted 05-10-2015 09:43 PM

I try not to ever let mine fall on me!

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#4 posted 05-10-2015 09:58 PM

I try not to ever let mine fall on me!

- trz

First thought that crossed my (warped) mind also.

I am 6’. My bench is 35”. The top lines up about midway on the zipper of my jeans. It seems a bit low for some operations and a bit high for others. There are many times I wish it was the same height as my table saw, but it is higher. There have been times I wished it was the same height as my router table, but it is lower.

I don’t think I would want it much higher when I am planing a piece of stock. If that gets too high it feels like it is all arm motion and not using the larger muscles of the body for control.

Bottom line is whatever seems the most comfortable for you. Some have long legs and shorter torsos and then there are the opposites. One size does not fit all.

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#5 posted 05-10-2015 10:00 PM

I am, (or was), 6’..... Shrinkage, ya know.
I have a work bench that is the same height as a folding card table with a piece of plywood layed on top. Hey, you said you weren’t looking for measurements!
I made the bench using the card table as a height guide.
I also have an assembly table the doubles as an off cutting table, 2” lower than my table saw so I can clamp rollers to it and catch boards as they come off the saw.
The assembly table has a 6” thick top, dimensions are 36”x46”.

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#6 posted 05-10-2015 10:02 PM

Depends on the width of the bench and what it is used for. My assembly benches are just above waste high but sometimes must use a small step stool; easier to step up vs stress the back.

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#7 posted 05-10-2015 10:10 PM

I am, (or was), 6 ….. Shrinkage, ya know.

- Dallas

Boy-O-Boy! That recalls an episode of Seinfeld. George Costanza had a bit of a problem with “shrinkage”.

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#8 posted 05-10-2015 10:15 PM

With my arms resting at my side I measured from the floor to the web between my fingers, that is my bench height, and it is perfect for hand planing. My old bench was a few inches higher. The lower bench was a huge improvement.

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#9 posted 05-10-2015 10:18 PM

I made my legs out of automotive air shocks and can raise and lower when needed

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#10 posted 05-10-2015 10:20 PM

My bench height is currently about the palm of my hand tall which falls just a bit below the height of my tablesaw. that works out well both for general work and as a bench for my lathe. For assembly it’s ok for smaller projects but a few inches lower would be nice for large case work as cabinets on their sides tend to be close to chin level for me. For hand took joinery I would like it closer to the height of my elbow and one of these days I’m going to either make a joinery bench for that purpose or a bench attached double screen vise to rise the height.

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#11 posted 05-10-2015 10:50 PM

You could install 4 metal casters (2” ,with step on brakes) to bring the bench height to near your belly area or wherever you are comfortable , the casters can be removed later on in your life when you get older and become shorter, you know it is inevitable ,don’t you? and I don’t mean the kind of shrinkage you would get in a pool.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#12 posted 05-10-2015 10:56 PM

My hands/wrists rest roughly 90 degrees when I stand in front of bench. Comfortable for hand planing for me.

-- Tom - Measure twice cut once. Then measure again. Curse. Fudge.

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#13 posted 05-10-2015 10:59 PM

I’m 6’5” so a lot of things made for normal height give me a sore back, seems the worst when I just have to slightly bend a bit for stuff like weed wacking, using my workbench etc.

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#14 posted 05-10-2015 11:43 PM

Kazooman YOu just wait until you get old.

It use to be that when we were younger my wife only came up to my chin…...

Now when I have a few drinks, she seems to come up way too darned often!

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#15 posted 05-10-2015 11:57 PM

Great question. I am about to start my bench project. 6-6 and was planning around 40” Maybe a little higher as long as I can add matt height when I find it too high.

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