Router table. How high is too high.

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Forum topic by Eric posted 01-29-2012 07:27 AM 1442 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-29-2012 07:27 AM

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I came across a router table that I just had to build. Once it was all said and done the router top is 46” high. So much for detailed drawings, which I never use. Just a few notes and sketches in the binder.

It”s just a tad too high? A quick fix would be to remove the swivel locking casters, and that would drop it down to ~41.5” high.

My main concern is being able to put downward pressure when I am pushing wood against the fence.
Any other concerns from the community?

So, is 41.5” still too high? I could shorten the height of the draw cabinet! Maybe! Good thing I have not made the drawers yet.

Any input or ideas?


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#1 posted 01-29-2012 07:47 AM

Only you know if it’s right for you Eric. I would check other pieces of equipment in you shop and see how it feels ,your jointer takes a similar action to use. If you feel good about it’s height then duplicate it’s height for your router table.

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#2 posted 01-29-2012 07:47 AM

Depends upon your height. I like my router tables at waist level.

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#3 posted 01-29-2012 08:00 AM

I have a router in a stand that is about that high. Its primary use is for a special cut when I make banding.To offset the tendency of the cabinet to tip I store my steel and cast iron flats and blocks(use for weight doing veneer repairs). Short of that a couple of cinder blocks might help. However if you are doing heavy cutting-pushing against the fence-I think that you might be a bit high.
Hope this helps.

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#4 posted 01-29-2012 08:03 AM

I am at 43 1/2 for the last 10 years. There are a few operations where I have to move the whole thing away from the light I have mounted over the table. Think- board on end. You could run out of head room!

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#5 posted 01-29-2012 09:21 AM

I’m confused, is it already built or are you planning to build it?

If you are planning to build it, then like other said you should test out what height feels comfortable to you and modify the designs to fit how your body wants to work. In general, I believe the larger the pieces you work with, the lower the table should be, down to about tablesaw height (32-34”). So if you’re making small boxes, then 46” wouldn’t be totally unreasonable. If you’re trying to rout chamfers on an assembled blanket chest then that’s too tall (unless you are > 7’ tall).

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#6 posted 01-29-2012 04:54 PM

If you already made it…...just wear a pair of sheetrockers stilts! Lol.

Truely, I hope you find a workable solution.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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