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How high should a work bench be?

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« on: November 18, 2015, 05:29:33 pm »

I picked up today, for free, an old kitchen counter. It seems to be kind of short for a workbench. Is there a consensus as to what would be the best working height for a work bench. I'll have a trim saw, a flat lap I can't get back together, and a cab machine on it.
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« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2015, 05:31:46 pm »

I would say it should be comfortable depending on the height of your seat.................I've got benches of different heights according to the height of the seats I assigned to them....................
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« Reply #2 on: November 18, 2015, 07:30:50 pm »

If you have a shop chair you're going to use with the bench, set the tallest machine on the bench. Sit in the chair & see if you can comfortably work at that height. You may need to build a low platform under your bench if it's too low, or trim some off the bottom if it's too high.
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« Reply #3 on: November 18, 2015, 09:48:04 pm »

I thought there might be some kind of standard height. I will get it set up, which means cleaning out half my workshop, put the cab machine, the one that takes the longest to use, and see how it feels. It would be easy to raise the cabinet a bit. It will real nice to have a sink in the shop too. I'll post pictures in the shop section when done.
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« Reply #4 on: November 22, 2015, 11:29:40 am »

make your personal work area tall enough so your neck isnt bent downwards the whole time you are working, having your neck bent downward for lengthy periods of time causes injury to your spine.
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« Reply #5 on: November 22, 2015, 11:34:00 am »

 The neck thing is crucial . As you age the small indignities to your body add up and spinal stenosis of the neck , cervical stenosis , is very serious stuff.
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« Reply #6 on: November 22, 2015, 06:00:32 pm »

Get an adjustable chair and you can always cut down or block up a bench if you find that the height is not at the optimum. hide

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« Reply #7 on: November 22, 2015, 11:13:46 pm »

The height of the woodworking bench I was using was too high and made my lower back ache. An adjustable stool sounds like the perfect solution. I also want to have the top overhang a bit so I can get closer to the machine without having to bend over.
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