My main requirement for a bench is that it be high enough to keep the
back straight as possible while working. My bench measures approx
40" from the floor to the top of the bench. When looking for my
bench, I found the “one size fits all” designs just didn’t suit me,
so I had mine custom built to my specifications. I wasn’t too keen
on the idea of ordering something and finding out it wasn’t exactly
what I wanted, and then paying shipping to return it, as well as the
shipping to get it to me for the tryout. It turned out to be no more
than buying one from the suppliers, and I got what I wanted.
Made with 3/4" marine grade plywood with a solid 4x4 leading edge for
the (larger than normal) top for pounding, attaching the pin,
drilling holes for mandrel and arm rest, etc., it isn’t something I
would necessarily want in my living room on display, but it has
served me well for over 20 years. Burn marks, gouges, scribbled
phone numbers and “important” assorted notes that mean nothing to me
anymore, crayon “drawings” from the kids over the years, all give my
bench character, not to mention the stories they “tell”.
Wouldn’t trade my bench for a “truck load” of fresh ones.