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I am 5 foot 11 inches and shrinking. Is there an ideal router table height?

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I don't think that one height will suit all, but I am 5'7" and my router table is 36", which is a good height for me.
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It looks to me that 35 to 40 inches is good for the average person.

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Hi Steve:

I don't remember where I read it, but the suggested height for work surfaces such as router tables is found by measuring the height of your elbows above the floor and then subtracting two to three inches (50 to 75 mm) from that. This would lead to your hands being slightly lower than your elbows when you are working with the table.

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Hi Steve

I would use the kitchen rule,,, walk into your kitchen with your tape measure , most kitchen cabinets are make for the normal person to use..

If you can get to/see anything on top of the counter easy that's a good rule to go by..
If you need to bend over or get on your toes, that's when the rule should be changed to fit you...

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I also planned all my equipment to be of the same height. I have a small work shop so pieces at different heights caused me some grief on longer stock.

My sanders, tables and all work areas were set for my height and comfortable for me, I based my height off commercial food equipment and adjusted for my use.

You could say my shop is on the level.

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I am about the same as posted. 6' tall - all of my tables are 36" and works out very well but that being said - SB -
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I am 5 foot 11 inches and shrinking. Is there an ideal router table height?
you may want to make your table with adjustable legs.

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Cassandra got it right on the money; your table should be 3-5" below your elbows (when standing) for the average person. This allows for good control without stooping or bending. If you are building a sit down table I suggest you follow this process: Get a good swivel chair on casters and adjust the height so your legs are level. This will provide maximum comfort. Set your hand on your knee as if you were reaching to shake hands with your thumb laid on your fingers. Add an inch for clearance to the table bottom. The reason for this is to allow easy access for adjusting your router. If you are building a sit down version of the Router Workshop table or using other brands of bench top routers then make your height one inch above your legs to the 3/4" thick bottom support.

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I made it the same height as my table saw, which is just over 35". Plus I can use it as a side table for my saw .



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