Thanks to everyone for all of the comments on yesterday’s bench height post , it turned out to be a very varied discussion and I’m pleased we are able to get so many views on a topic which I’ve always thought should be diverse.
Like many of the commenters I’m of the thought that the ideal bench height depends heavily on many factors not least what activities it’s used for so all different heights have their place. For me some of the most important considerations when deciding are what methods, tools and projects will be taken up on it.
I realise in such a long post the point can easily get missed and I felt that some people may have thought I was pitching tall against low – I’d like to quickly point out that this really isn’t the case. I focused yesterday solely on the benefits that a lower bench brings for heavy hand thicknessing as it’s a topic I’ve seen little written about it. For a more overall view of my thoughts I linked in an earlier post which I’d written on the same subject.
At the moment I’ve been thinking a lot about bench design in general as I’m starting to plan a new bench for myself to build later in the year. Though I build benches every week this one is getting me very excited as it will be the first in many years that I will be designing specifically for my own workshop and use. As I consider my design choices with this bench I’ll certainly share anything further which I think might be helpful on bench heights.
I’m off this afternoon to get a stove fitted in the new workshop (this is going to be a luxury!), it’ll involve clumbering around on a roof though… so if you don’t hear from me for a while, well use your imagination. Either way there will be an update about this workshop coming on Monday.