Hey Paul, I hope you are doing well.
I was responding to your blog about bench height, but I can’t reply from work, so I am doing the email instead. I recently completed my bench that I made from lumber salvaged from shipping crates and pallets. My old bench was 34″ tall, and I was getting a lot of pain in my lower back when I was working there for a while. I am 6′ tall, so with my new bench, I went with 39″ height, knowing I could cut it down an inch at a time if I felt like I needed to. So far, I am very happy and comfortable with the 39″ height. It is also better for my eyes since at 53 I don’t see as well as I used to. I kept with your design, modified the dimensions a bit, and have a new bench that is rock solid that I am very happy with.
I was so glad that you responded to this and also to hear you managed he bench build from pallet wood, shipping crates and other salvaged lumber. I would also like to see how it ended up if you get chance and you want to share it too. I think that it’s interesting to see 39″ works for you. I’d like to hear from others and that way we could put together a survey from people independent of those supply benches and those that sell them and also magazines too. Separating the commerce will give us a more unbiased take on the whole and hopefully make the findings of value to others.
Best regards and I will always be grateful to you and to Dave and Robin who helped build the second bench at The Woodworking Shows this last season. I know two young men who are happy with the giveaway they received and took home.
Let’s hear from others
It would be nice to receive one hundred responses to this. That’s a lot, but it could really help others if it could culminate in a helpful guideline that takes it out of the realm of one individual telling the world it needs this height or that. I think that the important ingredient is what you as the individual user has found. Please give your feedback as to discomforts, age, height, injury. It will help too if you give information as to the tasks you perform. If you are a machine-only woodworker, your information will be very helpful too, but please let us know. Anything that will give others pertinent information will guide us for long term guidance and may shorten the learning curve for your fellow enthusiasts.