I prefer having my power tools a little higher. My TS is at 40", my RAS at
44". I'm 5'11". I don't like having to lean over to use my tools. My
router table isn't that high, but I wouldn't complain if it was. I often
find workbenches a little low too. Those of us with bad backs don't like to
Interesting that you bring this up. I'm 6'3" and my TS is the standard 34"
or so. I am about to start building some work benches and drawers (on
casters) for the new shop and would like them to also serve as extension
tables as needed, but I don't want to work at such short bench heights.
And, my shop is so small that, if anything, I'd like the TS to be taller
than anything else so that when I cut a large piece on the TS it will not
be stopped by the bench, etc. I do realize that sometimes it is good to be
able to really get over something to apply leverage, but then I'm willing
to move the stuff to the floor or saw horses. So, I've been thinking of
doing something to my DW mobile base to raise the TS about 4 inches, in the
meantime wondering about the safety issues -- for example, when cutting a
2" strip off 16" x 24" piece of stock using the fence with the strip
falling to the left, i.e., I'll be pushing the stock through all the way
back with my hands. In some ways, the higher TS seems safer because it
would be less likely that I would/could fall forward Just some thoughts.
I'll be following the thread.
I cannot comment on the best height for a TS but for bench height I have found
the ideal to be somewhere between the top of the hip-bone and the belly button.
I'm 6'4" so for me that's 44.5" and that's what I made my bench. It's great, no
stooping, no cricked back, I can tinker about for hours and not have to go
through the hands in the small of the back groaning exercise.
However it is too high for some things. When I put my CMS on it I feel it is too
high, if I use my CS I feel the same. For hand-routing it's perfect, tenon saw
is good as are most small tools. For assembly of anything large it is too high.
So, for my CMS I am building another bench to live next to it which has been
lowered so that the main bench can serve as a rest for longer stock. It's only a
3.5" reduction but I think it will work well and have the dual benefit of being
at a height I feel more comfortable with and I don't need to build any long
extensions for it.
For assembly I plan to make a bench with height adjustment so I can vary it
depending on the project.
I haven't built a router table yet but I suspect that after a little
experimentation it will also end up 44.5" high.
(If my wife takes up an interest in my new hobby I have problems - she's 5'4")
Wed, Sep 10, 2003, 2:18am (EDT+4) firstname.lastname@example.org
(Chris Merrill) says:
The standard tablesaw height <snip>
Interesting. My router table is set so I can sit down using it. I
have no problems using it that way, at all. And, not sure how tall it
But, I just cut about 7 1/2" out of my saw stand. I had it a bit
high. Now it is about 37", or so, and seems about right. I suspect I
may want to raise it another 1/2-1" later, but will use it for awhile
and see. Easy enough to raise it if I do. I got told I'm now 5'7",
down from 5'8", at my last physical.
I've heard about the standard heights, but I don't pay attention to
things like that. I figure out what height seems most comfortable for
me, and go from there. If I'm wrong and have to raise or lower
something later, like my saw stand, I do it. No prob.
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I built a router table that stands about 18" high
I normally place it on top of my table saw, so the RT working height works
out at about 54"-55"
(not in the shop at the moment so I'm guestimating the height)
Been thinking of building a new floorstanding RT and have considered
building it to 48" as I realised I didn't have to bend over to use it and
its a really comfortable height to use
For some things, it's too high. Everyone has to make decisions based on
their own shop and size, mine went with a router "table" I can store under
my belt/disk sander. It is made so that my Workmate can grip and hold it,
which provides me with a couple of comfortable heights. Whole thing can get
out of the way when the planer is in the long aisle.
I would never raise a tablesaw high enough so I had to lean into it to clear
a board past the blade. That's my standard for use of the tablesaw by
others, as well. It's not safe to lean, nor to leave a board between fence
Well, mine is 43-1/2". I bought a Veritas bench-top router table and the
stand I put it on (all I had at the time) put is at that height. I was
concerned that it would be too high, but generally I find I have good
control and like working at that height. I'm 5'11".
I'm 6' 2". I built mine 45 3/4" high. A year or so later I added wheels
for ease of movement in my single-car garage shop / exercise room / freezer
/ laundry overflow / etc ... so the height is now 46 3/4". I like it that
high, though I think I'd rather have one at TS height for doing vertical
panels and the like.
One very nice thing about having it that high is that it's the perfect
height for changing bits, setting depth of cut, etc., when I sit on a
folding chair. It's the simple router-screwed-to-plywood style so lifting
out a plate isn't an option.
I often use it as a high workbench/assembly table too, especially for
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