I just built a stand for a Veritas router table top. The idea is that
this could be mounted on top of a wide range of custom built or ready
made cabinet bases. I happened to have a portable two drawer metal
file cabinet that a guy gave me. Its built like a tank made of 14 gauge
sheet metal. I would guess it was manufactured in the 50's. Anyway I
put my router stand on top as a "get by" measure. It seems kind of a
neat size except its a bit tall. The top of the router table is now
44" high. This doesn't bother me except I think its taller than its
"supposed to be".
What are your thoughts? The veritas factory setup shown at
http://tinyurl.com/bry5g is 40" high. I am 5' 11" tall.
Most commercial units are 36" tall but whatever works baby.I like mine
taller because I am. The only other consideration is working in
conjunction with your other work surfaces, it's nice to have consistent
Mine is custom, and it's 36". I vaguely recall standing in the
basement with my arms out in front of me trying to figure out how high
to make it, too. I'm 5'10".
My thought is the "supposed to be" is whatever fits you. My router table is
good at 36", but my first was a portable table on a desk. I'd guess the
height to be close to that 44" you mention. For doing large work, I find it
better to be a bit lower so I can apply more downward pressure, but for a
lot of work the higher height is good.
I watched a demo by a guy making things like trivets, bookends and other
small parts. He was at least 44" to table top.
Bob my table is 35" tall. I am 6' tall. I suggest not too high to make it
hard to put cabinet door up there but tall enough that your back does not
get sore. I have spent a couple of hours non stop at the table doing small
pieces of Ipe.
(hand held parallel to floor). I'm 6' 5 and my router table was
deliberately set at 37", which works for me and matches the "rule" of
table heights. A bench that is used for lots of heavy planing would be
a bit lower than that. You don't want a bench so low that you are
bending over a lot and you don't want it so high that you can't get good
leverage with your arms while using hand tools.
Bottom line: if YOU like being 5' 11" at a 44" tall router table, then
to hell with the general "rules". I'd be surprised if you find that
height comfortable over the long haul, though.
==========================For "me" it would be a tad to high.... I have 3 router tables in my
shop Plus another router set up in the outfeed table on my Table
ALL 3 of the tables set 42 inches high and it suits my height (6'1)
ANY my eyes just fine.... using the tablesaw mounter router gives me
a royal pain in the back darn fast.....
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