Router height

I have a router that is on a fairly large, nice, aluminum router table. That, in turn, is mounted on a frame made out of 2 x 4 and other materials. The top of the thing is around 48" high, and is tippy. It does have lockable wheels, but they are mounted in much too small of a rectangle, IMHO. Is there a standard height to put a router table, or is it up to the person, as heights vary.
I have a wash sink that I wash my dogs in. The height is such that I cannot wash one of them without severe back cramping. Obviously, I want to make it higher or lower than that.
But, is there a standard height, is it up to the user, is it good to have more than one height so that different work can be done differently?
Thanks.
Steve
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Many things to consider, back, vision etc. I try to keep most work areas between my belly button and my elbows. Just a thought
Joe M.

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wrote:

Most are about 32" or so, but since we all come in different heights, what works best for you may not for me. Mine is the same as my table saw so if I have a long piece to put through it, the table saw can act as an extra support.
You want it low enough that you can keep a downward pressure on the part while feeding it across the bit. Too high you lose leverage.
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Height is going to be down to what you are comfortable with but 48" does sound a bit high.
As far as being "tippy" that is down to getting the centre of gravity lower.
My shop is small so I cannot afford any wasted space so I fill the underneath of benches and tables with draws or cupboards.
My router table is based on one I purchased from B&Q some years ago. The Aluminium top was fine but the support was ill conceived and badly designed. Two plastic mouldings supported the top each side of the router space and these sat on a sheet steel base with curved uprights at each corner and two shelves. A panel stretched across the front below the edge of the table and carried the switch and a socket outlet to feed the router, restricting access to the router. The whole thing was very wasteful of space so I built a new wooden base. It has adjustable feet at each corner to level it up because the floor is uneven and slopes.
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The lower draws contain my hand power tools, the bottom one has three circular saws and several other items. It is quite full and heavy requiring a bit of effort to pull it out. This low down weight ensures stability.
The top LH small draw is fitted out for those router cutters which do not have their own packets/cases. Normally when I buy cutters I keep them in the manufacturers supplied packaging but some were bought in boxed sets.
The Aluminium top is 680x450mm and it is 880mm off the floor. There is additional space behind the aluminium table, almost like the tool well on a bench, making the overall front to back measurement 600mm
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On 2/23/2012 3:15 PM, Steve B wrote:

Typically router table height is the same as your, TS.
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