When it comes to workbenches, there is no such thing as a one size fits all option. The fact is, an inch or two can make a huge difference when it comes to the overall level of usability of the bench. For this reason, it is critical to consider the height of your bench prior to constructing it. Below, we will be going over some of the top workbench height tips that you are going to want to follow in order to guarantee that you are able to craft a bench that is going to be usable.
1. Standard Height.
The standard height of 34″ is what matches a majority of table saw products on the market. Therefore, it can allow for the workbench itself to double as a support for the saw. However, a lot of woodworkers often prefer to have their workbench be somewhat lower than this standard height in order to allow for maximum leverage while working with the various tools. However, if you are someone that works with primarily powered tools, you might even consider adding a few inches to the bench as it can provide even more support and comfort for power sanding and working with other heavy tools.
2. Rule of Thumb.
When it comes to selecting the optimal height for your workbench, you are likely going to want to utilize the ‘rule of thumb’ approach. This approach is simple and effective. You simply make your workbench the height of the distance between the floor and your first thumb knuckle while you arms are in a fully relaxed position at your sides. This is going to allow you to really be able to achieve the optimal workbench height for yourself.
As noted above, you want to be sure that you are looking at everything that you are using and what your tendencies are. By doing this, you will be able to dictate whether or not you should be looking to make your bench taller or shorter than average. This is going to allow you to get the most leverage and create the most effective workbench for your own specific desires. As noted above, if you are going to be working primarily with power tools and things of that nature, you will likely want to make your bench taller than your ‘rule of thumb’ height. Whereas, if you are someone that is working with manual tools and lighter tools, you might even want to go somewhat shorter in order to get even more leverage.
At the end of the day, it is going to come down to your personal preference and your comfort level. By actually creating a bench taller than intended prior and using it to cut down the bench to the perfect height, you should be able to find the best possible height for yourself. This is going to give you the freedom to really find the optimal height for your specific use case scenarios.