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    Ron Harper

    I have tried to respond to Paul’s survey about bench height at other places, but for some reason, have not been able to do so.

    I am 67 years old. A little out of shape but in pretty good health. Six feet tall

    I have a bench at 33 inches that I use for planing( stock prep). It used to be my only bench. I recently made a bench 43 inches high 2 ft deep and 4 ft long. I use it for joinery and carving and final crosscutting with a bench hook. I love it. Both benches could be an inch shorter, but no more than that.


    My name is Robin Hale-Cooper. I am 6 feet 3/4 inches tall and tall in the saddle (long torso with shorter legs). I am 52 years old with some lower back pain and bifocal eyeglasses.

    My workbench height is 37 inches. My work/assembly/painting table is an old folding ping pong table that is a bit shorter. I use my workbench for both traditional hand work and DIY home improvement work. I use hand tools, portable power tools, and three bench-top stationary machines. (drill press, sliding mitre saw, and 9 inch bandsaw)

    Now, at age 52, I would find any workbench under 36 inches uncomfortable for two reasons. The first being lower back pain from bending over. The second is bending down to get closer to my work and then having to tilt my head back to look through my bifocals.

    When I was younger, workbench height was something only old people talked about and I did most of my work quite comfortably on the floor. My ”workbench” was a couple of scrap 2x4s and my ”quick release vise” was my size 13US foot.

    Robin ... Richmond, Virginia, USA


    Interesting thread my old bench is about 34″ and I find it uncomfortable for planing as I also have a bad back. I just turned 65 and about 5’11” with a longer torso short legs and arms. I am currently building Paul’s bench at the suggested height and will see how that works.


    Steve Massie, I live in the great State of Florida, US


    Hey guys, Paul started this topic here……..https://woodworkingmasterclasses.com/members/paul-sellers/activity/7779/

    It would be nice if we could keep them all in the same place.

    Cheers 😉

    David Gill

    I agree there is also another link In Paul’s blog which to me seems the best option as you are being asked to answer a set of questions see below. I don’t know if it is possible but a table in say Excel would have been the best option and would not have required any time by Joseph to rewrite the data

    Occupation (Present or former)
    Physical disabilities
    General health (Scaled 1-5, 5 being excellent)
    Current bench height
    Satisfaction level (Scaled 1-5, 5 being perfect)
    Country living in*
    Other information that will help the survey determine more specific issues we might be missing.

    *Optional. These questions will help us determine if there is cultural influence on height.

    Wigan, Lancs. England :

    Ron Harper

    I tried to respond on Paul’s blog but could not do so. Ken i am sorry, I just thought he might be glad for the response.


    Hi Ron, you don’t have to apologise to me buddy. Paul has posted on the forum also, https://woodworkingmasterclasses.com/members/paul-sellers/activity/7779/

    When I saw your post I knew you had missed it. I will put a link to this thread on there.
    Ron, when you go to Paul’s blog, if you click on the subject title it will take you to the subject page. You can leave a reply their buddy.
    Cheers 😉

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