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02-12-2011 06:16 PM

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Hi Everyone,

What is the ideal height for a router table set up? I have my Bosch cabinet style table on my Workmate right now, I think it is a little high. You really seem to have to push a piece through with downward force pushing the piece up against the fence. I am thinking about 32” off the floor? I don’t really know… I am just getting started with this router business.

-- Wookie=Wood Rookie

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#1 posted 02-12-2011 06:22 PM

I think it depends entirely on two things…. personal preference, and how tall you are. In other words, there is no answer to that question.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 02-12-2011 06:28 PM

Thanks Charlie. I am about 5’ 9”, average height. I am just thinking about leverage. It does not seem to be the same as a table saw.

-- Wookie=Wood Rookie

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#3 posted 02-12-2011 06:37 PM

Mine is taller than most…..around 40” and I am also 5’9”.

You can see it here…...

-- Rusty

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#4 posted 02-12-2011 06:39 PM

You’ll have to adjust the height down (lower table) til you feel comfortable, than you have the ideal height for yourself…

-- Rick

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#5 posted 02-12-2011 06:55 PM

This has been discussed on LJs many times before…..All of my workbenches and machines that are on roll-around tool stands are about 40—42” high…My router cabinet is about 42” high, also… I like my tables and machines up high so I don’t have to bend down too much…And I’m not a tall guy….5’-8”, but I built them all high, cause I have a very bad back (3 operations), and don’t want to have to stoop very far….But for you…it all depends on what’s comfortable for you…for me , it’s high….for you…..maybe not…...

edit: When I got my Unisaw about a year ago, I built a 3” rizer for it, cause it was too low..only 34”, so now it’s 37”, and just right…...Most saws are around 34”.......

-- " There's a better way.....find it"...... Thomas Edison.

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#6 posted 02-12-2011 07:22 PM

I bought a Freud router table and liked the working the way it came. I don’t know what the height was but because of the shop layout it interfere with the input side of my table saw. I cut the router table height down to match the table saw height about 34”. Now I use it to support long boards when ripping and sheet goods on the input side of my table saw.

To cover all suggestions it should be some where between 12 and 72 inches. Seriously there are a lot of legitimate suggestions but in the end make sure you are comfortable and be willing to change when ever you have doubts about your comfort and safety.

-- "When the going gets tough, switch to power tools." - Red Green

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#7 posted 02-12-2011 07:31 PM

Well I’m rather tall, 6’7” so I have all my equipment very high 44” for the average person. I also have a chronic back ache, so I find that pushing forward is easier when something is up high, than down low. Stability, safety, and comfort are the critical issues.

-- chas -- looking for Serta sponsorship to go Pro...

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#8 posted 02-12-2011 07:57 PM

I’m 5’9” and my router was up to my waist just like my bench, anything that height is good for me.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://[email protected]

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#9 posted 02-12-2011 08:12 PM

Thanks Guys. Waist high is always good. I don’t want to bend over to much, my back has been abused and it makes me aware of that. I’m not a kid anymore. lol

-- Wookie=Wood Rookie

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#10 posted 02-12-2011 10:06 PM

I prefer about belt buckle height. A good view of the tool, about a 90 deg bend of the elbow, good leverage. I fine tune some stands with screw in adjustable feet. Hope this helps, BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#11 posted 02-12-2011 11:27 PM

I have a 500 sq ft workshop with table saw (with catch table), 2 good size work benchs, thickness planer, jointer planer, and router table, .... All of them are at 34 inches. The point is if I am cutting on the table saw, running liumber through the planer, using my thickness planner, or using the router table, all of the equpment is on the same “plane” and I have no “interruptions”. If I am moving a project from the work table or work bench, the “all even heights” has me “sliding “as opposed to “lifting”

-- AllWood

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#12 posted 02-12-2011 11:55 PM

I have aways had my router tables set about 4” higher than my table saw.

-- Mark, Lithuania,

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#13 posted 02-13-2011 03:24 AM

40-43” and your back will thank you for it

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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#14 posted 02-13-2011 07:30 AM

I’m six feet tall and I have mine mounted about three inches above my waist, that way I dont have to be bent over all the time when routing, as I use my router table quite a bit

-- rob, ont,canada

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#15 posted 02-13-2011 07:58 AM

Well I keep lookin’ at it and 34” keeps coming up. Wow, thanks for all the replies. You all are one heck of resource… good people all !


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