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Old 07-03-2007, 11:42 AM   #1 (permalink)
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O.K. I've got a question. I've been told that the correct workbench height should be the same as the "height of your palms placed flat at your side". Does this hold true for a router table also. Or is somewhere between 34" and 36" close enough ?
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Don,

What kind of work are you going to do? Bigger pieces work better at lower heights, more detailed work I like to do with the bench higher.

Start with just a top, and see what heights are most comfortable to you.
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I don't have an exact answer but, the rule of thumb that I have been told is what hight are you comfortable with. Will you be able to work at the table for an extended bit of time without a backache or some other indication it is too short or to deep for your reach. So make it so you are comfortable with it. I don't believe there are any rules only guidelines for this.

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The Router Workshop set up on the base etc. is designed at 40" I took that measurement and was to make mine at 41 inches as the perfect height for me. Forgot about the 3/4 caster blocks so it turned out 41 3/4 but it's still works for me. Take your work bench and build up something to the level you are thinking about and see how it works.

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Hi Don

Just my 2 cents...

If you are 5' 2" or 6' 8" it comes down to how tall you are
You maybe 5" 10" the norm for most males but the 36" tall router table may not be the right size for you...

The best way I have found is to reach over your work bench and pickup a item from the far side, without putting a hurt on the back side of your body.




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I've been making mine to about 35" tall.. That is also the height of my table saw and bandsaw.. I'm 5' 10" and it's pretty comfortable for me..
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Thanks guys for your responses. As I'm 5'10" I think I'll go with about 35"-36" and see how well that works... Thanks again Don S.
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Don, I dont know how large your shop is. But if and when I build my next table, I will size it so it can be an extension of something else when not in use. Such as an outfeed table for my tablesaw.
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I am a special case because I must sit at my router table. The router table I am building will have the work surface at 27 inches high for able-mounted routering. I am considering a second work table with the sork surface at about 25 inches for hand-held routering. I am 5'10"
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