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Posted on Recommended work table hight

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#1 posted 09-30-2016 04:27 PM

A lot depends what you intend to build and what you mean by “work table”. Myself, I have a workbench and an assembly table, both are different heights. If you build tall cabinets you might want a lower assembly table, if you build small boxes you might want a higher one. Start with your kitchen cabinets. Standard base cabinets are 36” from the floor, is that a comfortable height for you? If not adjust up or down from there. My old workbench was 36” and I found that to be too high for comfortable hand planing. I’m 6’ tall and I found that 30” is just right for hand planing and that is the height of my new workbench. Posture is important in planing and I find that if I bend at the waist I can put my back and legs into the work and it is a lot less fatiguing than using the higher bench where mostly just my arms come into play. My assembly table on the other hand is at 36” which in most cases feels right, but when I am working on larger cabinets I wish it were a bit lower. It is always a compromise, but think about how you work and what you build.

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