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You dirty man, Maur. Where are you going to eat after you eat? New Orleans is a celebratory city and I hope you have a blast with the familia. Mail me some oysters. I saw Brad Pitt riding one of those bikes in N.O. once (true). He was too far away for a throat punch.
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That was nice of the builder to comment on the design. 75 inches long. I wish I could fit that. My plan is 60", up from my 36" lol. I used to stand on a thick mat but it made me feel unstable; my problem. I thought about cutting up a 1" hard powerlifting mat, but those things are so ridiculously expensive.
 

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..."Height is a bit over 32" since I like to stand on a thick mat while I work."…

Wow, that's short, I would't think 32" needed justification for being "that tall". My bench is going to sit at 38" (I'm 6'3")

Got most of the tenons cut for the crossbeams today. Cut the rail for the deadman to slide on also. Snapped one quick picture before I left for work. (At a hospital, people still seem to hurt themselves on Thanksgiving)
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Al, unfortunately I don't get to eat out much when I'm in NOLA, mostly home cooking. But I did get out tonight to get some food from Harbor Seafood in Kenner. Got some Artichoke Oyster soup which is the bomb, also got a half an Oyster Po Boy and Half a Softshell crab Po boy. Jaquemos is high on my list, I need to make it out there one day.

Grant the builder of that bench is female so that might help explain it, though I am going with a low bench since I'm planning on using it for a lot of hand planing. I'm 6' 2" and my bench is 33.5". Its not finished yet but I'm already using it and the height feels pretty good. I will make a bench top bench down the road for joinery and carving.
 

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Interesting Mauricio, I only have one main hand plane right now but want more. I haven't found the right ones yet, I like usable antique. I hope that I'm not screwing up by making my bench to high. I planed the top on saw horses at about 38 and I thought it was comfortable, but I'm still very inexperienced with a lot of hand tooling. It is very enjoyable though and I am finding a good balance between power and hand tools. If it's too high I'll just have to make another one, darn it..

Thanks for the info!
 

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That bench is a lot cleaner than yesterday.

[Shane and Gshep - Noe of the pictures in that blog show up for me either. Last night I thought is had to do with Safari. I am on a PC now and they still dont show. I wonder where all the photos went. Hmm. Regardless, I'll see if I can't find that one pic when I get home tonight. Its been a busy weekend/holiday.]

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^it's that saw tote shadow you like. But you can step out of the shadows now, Scotty. We have a democratic President and your kind are more accepted now. Step out and shine, sister.
 

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After reading :
http://paulsellers.com/2012/10/the-long-and-short-of-bench-heights/
I tried to find what health and safety people recommend.
(Do we need to reinvent the wheel?)

The height recommended by Paul Sellers is the lower limit for what is recommended for "light work"; which is consistent with using hand tools for joinery, smoothing and scraping, the rough dimensioning being made with machines as he says he does (at least that is what I understand).

This 38" height for an average man corresponds approximately to the addition of the anterior superior iliac spine height and the shoe heel height.

If you are taller or smaller, you can find yourself where it is.

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Sylvain breaks out the anatomy! That's a really interesting rule of thumb and I thank Sylvain for that. I'll have to measure mine and see where I'm at. I think my tiny bench is a bit too low, actually. Will inform.
 

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^I wear man-clogs, Tony. They may be pink and bedazzled, but not pedestrian "platform" by any stretch.
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My height ended up where it is because I didnt account for the loss of height on the splayed back legs. Fortunately I'm right where Schwarz says the bench should be for planing. Time will tell how that works out.

I'm hoping that Schwarz is right and I get more of a legs and abs workout when planing rather than just an upper body workout. My old 2×4 bench is higher and I do feel that is a bit high with certain tasks. I've gotten sore elbows with a lot of scrub and jointing work.

With the new bench which I'm already using even though it's not glued up. I like the height but I do feel like I need to make sure to bend my legs when planing otherwise I'm bending at the waist which can get old.

The cool thing about the low bench is that rather than pushing the plane your bearing down on it which makes the pane go, that feels pretty good.

I think 38" is good for a hybrid woodworker who, as Sylvain explains above, is doing his rough dimensioning with machines. My goal (at this point) is to use machines less as my hand toll skills improve so thats why a low bench was right for me.
 
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