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Old 08-09-2014, 07:53 AM
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Question Workbenches

I built a workbench many years ago and really liked it. I sold it when I didn't need it anymore and didn't have the space for it. Now I'm going to build a new one. I was doing HO and G scale trains when I built the previous bench, now that I'm doing 1/14 scale trucks, I'm trying to decide what height the work surface should be and what depth/width the bench should be. The bench will be against the wall, basically in a corner.

What are you using and what height and depth do you find comfortable for those long building sessions?
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I used to be a goldsmith for about 15 years, and for the most comfort jewelers have their benches high,so while sitting,the forearms are resting on the table, it minimizes the shaking.
I still use the same kind of a bench,you can work standing up with out bending down,or sit and have your hands steady. My hands shake crazy, I suffer from tremor syndrome and this kind of set up is indispensable for me.
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Old 08-09-2014, 11:55 AM
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I used to be a goldsmith for about 15 years, and for the most comfort jewelers have their benches high,so while sitting,the forearms are resting on the table, it minimizes the shaking.
I still use the same kind of a bench,you can work standing up with out bending down,or sit and have your hands steady. My hands shake crazy, I suffer from tremor syndrome and this kind of set up is indispensable for me.
Hope it helps.
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I agree 100% and Kent you have been to my shop and seen my bench. I hate bending over to work on things. Plus with a higher bench you have good space below for storage.



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I my self prefer a large table and sitting on my but when I'm working on something. Ed
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I have a pvc picnic table in the garage to work at, its ok
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Thanks for the comments guys, that is a good point about height. My back is messed up as it is and when I get done spending hours at the small bench I'm using now, it really hurts.
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I've been using 'office' desks for yrs in my house & I elected to go with the same height in my workshop... which I actually started building today, take pics tomorrow.

Height is 30" & depth 33".

I have two different adjustable height stools that will great for this height. A lot of these construction models I seem to be looking/working down & inside of them, so I think this lower height is the better choice for me.
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I think I'll go with 36" deep but still not sure on height. I'll have to do some more measuring.

Looking forward to seeing your pictures Joe.
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Like Joe I have been using desk height for years in my shops. That said I sit in an office chair for kits of the work but you can easily look in projects standing. I usually have a bench booster ( box) to lift the surface higher when needed.
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Well finally got around to building my new work table. It's 8' x 36" x 31" tall.
The first picture is the table I've been building on and then the new one.
I still need to get some supports for the back side of the peg board and some peg board asessories.








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love the floor tile. parents had that in the 70's.
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love the floor tile. parents had that in the 70's.
Yeah bought the house from a little old lady, it's in good shape just needs some updates, figured there are more important things to do
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The 1st bench of many? cause that bit of space aint gonna stay clutter free for long.

I shake my head at my brother & sisters with their insatiable need to remodel their houses every 7-10yrs... if aint broke why replace it?
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The 1st bench of many? cause that bit of space aint gonna stay clutter free for long.

I shake my head at my brother & sisters with their insatiable need to remodel their houses every 7-10yrs... if aint broke why replace it?
I have plans for another 4x8 bench next to this one. I'll use it for my machine tools. The cabinet on the left side in the first picture is 1 of 2 on identical computer tables. Then I have an industrial workbench and a 2 x 4 roll around bench up in the garage. Since I've been building on the little bench in the first picture for about 3 years I think I'll get by for a little while. maybe.

I agree totally
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