Digest Message: Workbench - Proper Dimensions
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I have found that the perfect chair for me is a drafting chair
with a pneumatic lift. It has a foot-rest and it adjusts to the
proper height for whatever I am doing. The back adjusts, the
seat adjusts, and it is extremely comfortable for sitting 12
hours a day. I have found that if the bench pin is
shoulder-height for sawing, it is quite comfortable. As for
arms, I have not found them to be comfortable. Secretarial
chairs were designed without arms to allow free movement of the
elbows, etc. Try going to an office supply store or a graphic
Iris - Baltimore
From: “Curtis Harmon” email@example.com
Oh, I forgot, I was going to suggest that you use a separate
bench for wax work. I have tried using one bench for both and it
requires a lot of precautions that are very time consuming. I
made a wax bench so that it would be completely set up, all the
time, and I wouldn’t have to worry about wax shavings getting in
my gold and silver sweeps. I actually have another bench or two
and can separate gold from silver, when feeling especially
retentive! But, believe me, I’m not that meticulous. One is
usually a storage bench for overflow materials and tools.
From: “Wayne M. Schenk” firstname.lastname@example.org
Part of my design is that there will be two middle drawers.
A shallow one for tools and directly under that, a "pan".
Amery, not to critique your bench design but may I suggest the
following order for drawers under bench top, (and no my bench is
not configured this way, but I would prefer that it be so). From
top to bottom"
Slide out tool rack
1/2 in. deep cloth bottom drawer for stone setting
1/2 in. deep wax catch pan also with cloth bottom.
fileings catch drawer which is deeper than the depth of the
bench, this way it cannot be inadvertently pushed in too far to
catch fileings. The back can be partitioned off for additional
Just some morning thoughts on bench design.