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Hello guys go.na build me a workbench but I'm not sure on the highth. What are the standerds. Thanks
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Hello guys go.na build me a workbench but I'm not sure on the highth. What are the standerds. Thanks
Do you work more with had tools or power tools, if you do more hand tool work, then you'll want it a little lower. It also depends how tall you are. Im 5'10" or so and my bench is 30". If I did more hand planing or carving, then I'd want it a couple inches lower I think.
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Hello guys go.na build me a workbench but I'm not sure on the highth. What are the standerds. Thanks
Go into your kitchen and stand at a counter. Is that height comfortable to you. It is probably built at the standard working height for the majority of the US population.

If it is comfortable then use that height for your work bench. If not then adjust that height up or down to fit your dimensions.

You can also go to one of your local stores that sells pre-built work benches. Do the same fit try.

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Here's an idea...make it height adjustable.









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Do you work more with had tools or power tools, if you do more hand tool work, then you'll want it a little lower. It also depends how tall you are. Im 5'10" or so and my bench is 30". If I did more hand planing or carving, then I'd want it a couple inches lower I think.
+1. If you use handtools then measure from the ground up to you around your third knuckle. If you use power tools I would make it eithe rcounter height or adjustable.
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I like Cab'tmans suggestion.
Kitchen counter heights are 36".
Bath is 32"
Do what is comfortable.
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For me, I like standing up straight as opposed to slightly bending over when working at a workbench. At the end of the day my back hurts less and I am less tired. I built my router table at 41", but that's for routing. As others have said... make it comfortable to you or adjustable.
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Standard ergonomics say to stand with arms down and palms flat on the top. My top is at 34 1/2" from floor.
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guys thanks for all the replys, i'll try to post up some pics tomarrow
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+1 with Cabinetman, If I were building a new bench I think I would make it adjustable. There are time when you wish it were lower and other times it could be higher. Now all you need to do is decide on the top size.
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the top frame is gonna be 66"x42" not sure if i will have an overhang yet.don't know if i want that.
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With your arm down at your side measure from the floor to the top knuckle of your baby finger
And there's your table height
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There is not ideal height as it depends on the job.
The main bench is usually where you do hand work , planing and fitting boards and joints. Mine is 31 inches I'm 70 inches. Thing are often clamped or held in a vise.
I do a lot of work on the table saw and matching downdraft table at 35 inches.
Years ago I built an assembly table at 19 inches for, you guessed it, assembling projects so they're off the floor.
The finishing room has tables at 24 inches or so to make painting and spraying convenient. They have lazy Susan's to rotate projects Boeing finished.
I've see plans for adjustable tables. At time it would be nice but its easier to work at an existing surface that's the right height for what you're doing.
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I don't think the heigth is all that important. Regardless of what height you make it you will soon get used to it. My table saw is 34" tall and it felt a little tall for a work bench for me so I made my bench 32" tall. I also have made all my saw horses 32" tall also. If you are in doubt you could always make the bench a little too tall and wack the legs off if you don't like it later.
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make the bench shorten than the TS

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I don't think the heigth is all that important. Regardless of what height you make it you will soon get used to it. My table saw is 34" tall and it felt a little tall for a work bench for me so I made my bench 32" tall. I also have made all my saw horses 32" tall also. If you are in doubt you could always make the bench a little too tall and wack the legs off if you don't like it later.
If the bench is taller than the TS you can't use it for an outfeed table IF that situation arises. If it's shorter, then you can just space it up a bit with what ever dimension stock you need...maybe just a sheet of ply. Shorter benches allow for greater leverage when doing hand tool operations. Some here use an 18" assembly bench for making cabinets and other large projects. There are work spaces, work benches and assembly benches and they are all different heights. I wouldn't want to spend hours soldering or woodburning all bent over on a bench that was too short.

The answer to your question will only be as detailed and specific as the question is detailed and specific. Good questions also include a sketch or a photo that illustrates your issue. (:< D)

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My bench is 36" which allowed me to use it as an outfeed table for my table saw, router table, etc. I say "allowed' in the past tense because I sold my Ridgid TS and picked up a Unisaw which is only 34" tall. I could build a 2" base for the Uni to get it level with the workbench but since the TS isn't on a mobile base, I don't move it much anyway and it doesn't matter.

But I digress. The point I was trying to make is if your shop is small and you want to use your workbench as an infeed or outfeed table, make it the same height as your machine tables. That's assuming it's a comfortable working height for you.

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If the bench is taller than the TS you can't use it for an outfeed table IF that situation arises. If it's shorter, then you can just space it up a bit with what ever dimension stock you need...maybe just a sheet of ply. Shorter benches allow for greater leverage when doing hand tool operations. Some here use an 18" assembly bench for making cabinets and other large projects. There are work spaces, work benches and assembly benches and they are all different heights. I wouldn't want to spend hours soldering or woodburning all bent over on a bench that was too short.
Thats very true but I have a seperate catch table that is 5'x8' that doubles as a plywood rack.
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Does anyone have an opinion on the Adjust-a-Bench workbench base? I'm considering these so I can use my workbench as an outfeed table for my TS and still adjust the height for assembly, etc.
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Nice, I might buy one if I win the lottery.

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When I die, I want to go peacefully like my grandfather did in his
sleep. Not yelling and screaming like the passengers in his car.

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Ditto on making the work bench slightly lower than the height of the table saw. It can be very handy when ripping longer pieces of lumber.

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