Tricks For Working at the Right Height
Optimize the elevation of your workbench for the task at hand
Everybody has an optimum height for their workbench. Standard benches are usually 36 in. tall, but some folks prefer one that’s a bit shorter or taller, depending on their own size. The rule of thumb is that the bench should come up to about your wrist. That’s great for 90% of all bench work, but it’s not perfect for every operation. For example, planing requires more upper body strength, so a lower bench is better. Jobs like carving or sawing dovetails are both easier on your back if the bench is higher.
I have two methods for making my bench higher or lower, and as a result more user-friendly. With a little up-front work, both are quick to implement. I have a platform that lives under the bench that I can pull out and stand on in a minute. I also have an auxiliary bench that I keep close…