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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-24-2015, 06:35 AM Thread Starter
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My top is 27 x 43 INCRA with the LS17 fence. I'll be making a cabinet for it soon and would like to know what others prefer.

What's your table top height?

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There was a long discussion of this awhile back and it came down to what height is most comfortable for you. If you are tall, make it higher, short? lower. Most counter tops are about 36 inches. My router top is about 37 inches. Remember that you will have to bend down with many routers to set height or lock the shaft. In general, I don't want to have to bend over to run a piece through the bit, so you can use a tape measure to determine a comfortable working height. Or go to a kitchen counter and see if that height is to high, low or just right. Add a book or two to see if a little higher is better. The matter of reaching under the table may affect how you set up the dust collection chamber that surrounds the router. A quick opening door with strong hinges and a magnetic latch really is convenient and fairly easy to clean out. There needs to be a little air flow through the box for suction to work best.
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I think I said this in the previous thread but I try to make all my tops the same height so I can use them to support long boards and such. Since my table saw is 36", so is my router table, work bench and so on. It comes in handy once or twice a month. My RT acts as an in-feed support to the TS.
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Like Tom said.
Its YOUR table, make it fit you. Same height as a comfortable work bench.
Get a lift system that works from above, saves a hell of a lot of time, not to mention kneeling on a cols hard floor with your arms in a dirty cabinet.

You don't mention what router. Some have adjustment built in. My Makita has a screw thread and long screw, so all I had to do was drill a small hole in the router plate.
Now I have a1/4" speed brace handy and just turn the router up or down to suit. Never have to crawl inside.
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Here's a link to the best article I've found about work table height. Their application is kitchen countertops, but the same principles apply to workbenches or router tables. Scroll down to the heading "The Right Counter Height".

Kitchen Ergonomics | Homeowner Guide | Kitchens in Lincoln, Nebraska

BTW, Starcraft Custom Builders has put a LOT of useful information out there for anyone designing a kitchen or bathroom or any other renovation. I have shamelessly stolen ideas that they generously provide on their website.

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I'm trying to find a couple of old threads for you . There were some good suggestions
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Welcome aboard, Dennis. My table is a multiple use table. The height is adjustable, I can set it at the same height as my outfeed table/assembly table for large projects, lower it for assembly work, or raise it when using the router.

For me (5'10"), about 39 inches is pretty good. It makes the work more comfortable.

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Denny, you will find 3-5" below your elbow is the most comfortable working height.

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I find two different positions are comfortable depending on what I'm doing. If I'm working with larger items I like my freestanding table which is between elbow and waist height. If I'm routing lots of small items I prefer my benchtop table which puts the top at around breast height or just below. Your eyesight is also going to play a role. Closer is better if you are starting to have problems.

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Merry Christmas,

Thanks to all, so not only xmas dinner today, you've also given me food for thought.

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