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I have seen a few tables and I believe most were 36" high .
I guess this may depend on a persons height to . I am 5'8" tall with short arms so I'm thinking I may find a 36" tall table more comfortable than a 34" . I find a few inches can be quite noticeable in certain situations .

Is there a table height that you experts here prefer, or is there such a thing ?
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Is there a table height that you experts here prefer, or is there such a thing ?
In my experience, it is whatever 'you' are most comfortable with.

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In my experience, it is whatever 'you' are most comfortable with.
I was afraid you'd say that

I guess seeing as I've only done it on my TS extension I don't really know
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Theo is right. It is dependent on your height. Usually it is somewhere around elbow height.

Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.
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In my experience, it is whatever 'you' are most comfortable with.
X2 or whatever the count is now. If I'm building another workbench, then I can easily adjust the height. Most commercially built tools are for the 'average' height which makes most too low for me, but I adjust my way of thinking. There is a chart giving the average height worldwide: Template:Average height around the world - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia with the US male being 5'10"

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Let me throw the curve, I like my router table higher than my work bench by at least 18 inches. Then again Im 6’4”, so experiment a bit before you build the final product.

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I am 5'8 also and I built my router table 40 inches. Works really well for me
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I just measured two of my work benches at 38" which is about right for what they're used for (more then just wood working). The Grizzly router table is 34 inches and really is too low by about 3-4 inches. But with that said, it does allow for pretty good control over my work piece but I might just add some to the height someday when I'm just hangin' around looking for a project. Oh yeah, I too am 6'4"

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My rule of thumb is to stand relaxed, with your elbows slightly bent and your hands on the table top. That should work for you. The 36" has been a standard kitchen cabinet height for years but people weren't quite as tall when the engineers come up with that. Same thing for seats (18" standard). I don't know too many folks with an 18" wide bottom anymore. lol As a last choice you can fashion blocks to make it taller but they can be toe snubbers. Good luck
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I have built router tables for both myself and others. Generally as everyone else has said height is a big concern. My brother is 6'5" and his table is much higher than mine. The other consideration that I did not see anyone comment on is if your doing a lot of work on the router table for hours on end you may also want to consider seating and rollers. A seat can be a lifesaver and rollers can make seating more practical.

Both seating and rollers have limited heights in the commercial market and if you make your table too high you won't be able to find items to accomodate. Of course you could build your own but chair and roller set but that is up to you.

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