What Height Should The Workstation & Workbench Be?
I am questioned about this every week. Before beginning a project like building a workbench for your woodworking, it's a good idea to take your height into account.
I usually like to underline that it isn't worth sweating over attempting to establish a formula for the optimal height; an inch here or there won't make much of a difference. This is because having your bench height completely incorrect might offer you some pain and difficulties as you work.
The most practical height changes depending on what you're doing, the instrument you're using, the size, and the thickness of the work piece. There is no such thing as an optimum bench height unless you do one thing all day.
A lower working height is good for difficult, exhausting labor when things are little and complex, but a higher bench could prevent your back from hunching over. Like many other things in life, a compromise is important. To provide some suggestions, I suggest the following:
As you stand, keep your arms straight down your sides with your palms stretched up parallel to the ground (in your typical workshop shoes). Ask someone to take the measurement from the floor to the base of your palm.
This palm size will offer you a good workbench height for the most of hand tool woodworking, but it could feel too low for joinery and accurate work.
I advise increasing your height by a few inches to get a nice, comfortable height for a range of activities. An inch or two more is a good idea if you deal closely with people often or have back issues.
Have a feel for it before you start creating your workstation if you're unsure of the height you desire. You may draw a line on the wall, measure it against your existing seat, or use a table.
Remember that a proper working height for woodworking will look low when you are close to it. Your posture will change as you work, and when you most need the strength, you'll naturally lower your body while spreading your feet and bending your knees in preparation for action.
For woodworking, a workbench height of 29′′ to 30′′ (74 cm to 76 cm) is appropriate.
A low workstation is perfect for hand work, particularly hand thicknessing, since you can get your body weight over the bench.
Tall is a useful, tall workbench that is 38-39 inches high (97cm – 99cm).
For fine precision work, joinery cutting, and power tool usage, a tall workstation is appropriate.
For woodworking, a workbench should be between 34 and 36 inches high (86cm – 91cm).
The most typical height is one which is halfway between these two extremes, particularly if you do a range of chores at your workbench.