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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-14-2011, 04:15 PM Thread Starter
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I am beginning in woodworking and am interested in building cedar chests. With the forum's help, I have chosen some Bosch power tools.

I am now thinking about how to set up my small shop. It seems there is an ideal benchtop height - at least for me. Perhaps around 36-40 inches. But if I use a benchtop router table or other tool that comes with a benchtop table, the perfect height is lost.

One idea is to have part of the benchtop be removable. Then the router table top would be underneath-down about 2". Through some ratcheting the router table top would be raised to the height of the benchtop.

Does this sound like a good idea?


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The so-called "ideal" bench height is really dependent on what type of work is being done on the bench, not to mention the height of the woodworker. Take a look at this site for some design ideas:

Workbench Design Home Page

There are also several good books on workbench design. For a small shop, however, you might end up with more of a utility bench, as opposed to a traditional woodworking bench. For that purpose, something in the 34-36" height range may be OK, depending on your height. A 40" bench strikes me as too high, though, unless you're well over 6 feet in height.

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Hello, my worktable is 39" high but in one spot I drop it down for the sliding compound miter saw so the top ot hte saw table is even with worktable, I am currently building a cabinet with casters about21" high to mount benchtop router table on this will put table top about 38" high and the casters lock so it can be kinda permanent and mobile these are a few of the things I have to do because I too have a small shop , hope this helps

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Thanks. Very interesting.

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