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« on: September 12, 2014, 04:44:48 am »

I have one 18' wall in my "in progress" shop that is planned for counter space.  So my question is, what height or multiple heights should place it.

Laying out a 25 X 18 space is harder than I thought. 
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« Reply #1 on: September 12, 2014, 05:00:31 am »

The answer my sound funny but it is whatever works for you. Is your kitchen counter comfy to work at for awhile without causing back pain or cramping? Would a higher counter work for somethings, but a little lower for others? I have some counters that are kitchen counter height, and yes there is a general agreed upon height if not told otherwise, I do a lot of my grinding and polishing setting at another counter height because that is easier on my back and it works great with my Pixie. One of my slab saws is on a counter slightly higher than kitchen cabinet height. Just my thoughts   hide
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« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2014, 07:19:17 am »

Charles, that's my quandary.

I am thinking about 39" for at least part of it. 
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« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2014, 08:09:25 am »

Are you going to be mostly sitting or standing at this counter. If sitting, sit in your shop chair and find the height that best suits your needs. If you're going to stand for certain operations, you could always have a raised section of counter for that operation. The key is a comfortable height for you, not what is considered the average height for counters.
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« Reply #4 on: September 12, 2014, 08:49:10 am »

Minimize any activities that make you stand to accomplish them. Over time your body will feel the stress of standing. All of my activities except stone polishing are designed for sitting, though I can sit while polishing. Because polishing for me goes rather quickly I'm not standing for a long time.
Your bench height should be determined by your posture as you sit. Avoid having to bend sharply at the neck.
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« Reply #5 on: September 12, 2014, 09:49:57 am »

X2 Don!
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« Reply #6 on: September 12, 2014, 10:25:23 am »

I use a drafting chair that is adjustable, so I will figure out a happy medium for sitting/standing.

Bobby, I do minimize standing...although I am a young 63 (today).
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« Reply #7 on: September 12, 2014, 03:36:49 pm »

I try to do all of it sitting with the exception of slabing of course.  39" seems high to me but ?? what ever you want.
Bob is right... dunno
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« Reply #8 on: September 12, 2014, 04:16:41 pm »

I agree, sitting for sure but no matter what, make sure you do not need to bend over.
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