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#1 posted 07-05-2011 05:53 AM

I put the top of my electric outlets at 48” from the floor to keep from having to bend over behind a power tool to plug in one tool or another. You can see in the photo on my shop blog that the bottom of my outlets are about even with the window shelf, about 44 inches. I would keep the shelf portion of the window no more than about 6 or 8 inches above your workbench top, enough wall space to keep the glass out of harms way. This will help keep the window light on the bench instead of a shadow of the wall under the window. Plus, my window over the bench is 4 feet high by 8 feet wide. I also made the shelf (window sill) extra deep to put “stuff” on. It’s kinda handy behind the bench. Anyway, think about the way you want the light from the window to fall on your bench while you’re using it. I put the window in the back up a little higher, about 54” from the floor, because there’s no plans to put a woodworking bench there.

-- Frank, Florissant, Missouri "The New Show-Me Woodshop"

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