I'm rearranging my shop, and have to move my radial arm saw. I have a
table I could use instead of building a new stand, but it's only 30
inches tall. That's too low to use standing, but I have a workshop
Good or bad idea, or should I just boost the table 6-8 inches?
I'm not real fond of stools for anything but scrollsaw work. I'd boost the
stand whatever distance you think will make it more comfortable. If the table
is 30" tall, how much base does your RAS have--height? 6" or less, I'd guess.
That puts the whole set up in the range of a tall table saw. Your 6" to 8" lift
should do it. Try it first with just the table, though. Who knows, you might
like it, though I'd guess that depends on your height. My back aches to think
of it, and I'm only 6'1".
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Bad idea IMHO -- the last thing you need, when your fingers are close to
spinning saw blades, is for your balance to be a bit dicey. Boost the table.
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The surface of my table saw is 37-1/2" above the floor. Perfect for
me but then I'm only 5'8-1/2" I feel that when your hand is on the
saw to pull it forward, your lower arm should be almost parallel with
the table top. Gives a good view and control. OTOH, I wouldn't want
any work table that high.
I would suggest raising it. My RAS table is at 40" and is very comfortable for
my height (5' 7"). When remodeling the kitchen, I used this exact height for
the bar area and it works great there also. I personally wouldn't suggest
running the RAS while sitting on a stool.
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