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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 05-17-2012, 07:26 AM Thread Starter
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So I've ordered the INCRA LS Super System and now need to make a table to fit it.

I'm thinking of combing the traditional table routing with hand held routing. I've discovered that using a router hand held on a normal work bench is not ideal as I'm never at the correct height to see what's happening.

So I want to make the router table high enough to be able to clamp pieces on it to rout hand held.

So.......

What's the ideal height relatively speaking? (twelve inches above my belly button etc?)

For what it's worth, my current table, a Triton effort is 90cm and my back aches after a half hour of routing.

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Hilton, I find it good when mine is at the same height as my table saw - but do what you feel comfortable and safe with. If you need it higher than its current position, consider sitting it atop of some lumber that will elevate it to a more desirable elevation.
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Interesting question. I do most of my woodwork outdoors on folding workbenches only about 32" in height, and my back suffers. Some good food for thought here:
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They say 4-6" below elbow height for work involving downward force. Though that seems a bit high to me for a router table.
I like Otis' suggestion, if you lift up your current table you can see what height's comfortable for you.
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Andy, 4-6" below your elbow gives you the most comfort and control.

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when you say, it is not "at the correct height to see", i assume you mean it is too low?

i think it is a personal preference thing ... too low for you might be too high for someone else. you will be happier when the height is right for you (based on your personal observations) as opposed to the "optimal height", however that is defined.

that said, i made all my tables the same height ... 34.5". that was the off-the-shelf height of both my table saw (skil) and the rolling craftsman took chests i have, so i standardised on that height for the other tables i made (router and workbench).

your 90cm is 35.43", so that is just a tad higher than mine are.
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Test with up/down table of the drill press.
Set up a mock router opp on the table; learn best/comfortable height from those experiments.
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pat, great suggestion!
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I have some height adjustable feed stands for use with table saws that I use to do mock ups when trying to figure out how high something should be.

I just did a spot check on where the top of my 'planing bench in the works' is at now. 5" below my elbow. It was 2 1/4" lower, and was ok at that height, especially for hand tool work where I need to lean into it more sometimes. After I put a bench dog surface across the top of it I soon discovered that the minor adjustment in height was better over all.!

5" below my elbow is what works best for me.

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You might be better off with 2 tables. I have one benchtop one that puts it at about breast height and it works great for small pieces. I have a freestanding one that is about waist high and it is better for bigger/longer work.

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My brother has suggested to me that what I really need is a warehouse with like 50K sq feet. I'm quite sure that I could make do with 10k though..... That would provide me with enough room for all the stationary toys to stay set up, even with fancy feed tables on both ends of them. Toss in a workbench or four, and we are talking paradise....

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