My bench height is 38 inches and my chair seat is 18 inches from the
floor. My bench is the standard economy model. I’m 6’2" and that
puts the bench pin right at my heart which is the proper height I
Looking at pictures of me working at my bench I think I look like a
gorilla stuck at a small school desk. My knees are just millimeters
from the bottom tray and if I’m not careful and get up too fast I
can send the contents flying.
So plans to make a Frakenbench out of an existing desk that is such
heavy, solid wood it won’t come out of the basement unless I take it
apart. It nearly did me in when we were moving it downstairs and the
helpers on the other end lost their grip. All I remember was my feet
sliding down the stairs backwards, the light blocked out by the
enormous desk gaining momentum, and my life flashing before my eyes.
We came to a stop at the bottom of the stairs. Both of us uninjured.
It was so quiet you could hear a pin drop. The desk came to a stop
on its end and blocked their view of me from upstairs. My wife, one
of the helpers, softly asked, “Rick? Are you OK?” I waited a few
moments to see if she shouted “Yippee” and mad a mad dash to find my
accidental death and dismemberment insurance policy. I eventually
let her off the hook and responded, “I think so.”
Just another incident in my accident prone life.
Silversmith and Lapidary Artisan
Rocky Mountain Wonders
Colorado Springs, Colorado