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Carving Bench

I have been making a carving bench as I have cut myself too often by holding the piece I am carving in my hands.  I found a design in a book, but it doesn't say what height I should make it, it says it depends on how tall you are.  I took a guess but it is too high.  Do you have a rough idea what height I should make it?


Hi Paul, could you stand at the bench & then alter your height by standing on different objects for instance blocks of wood? Then when you have found your ideal height, just measure the difference and then cut that amount of the bottom of the legs? Making your bench comfortable is important, I found that a piece of carpet where I stand cushioned my stance & helped with back pain.

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I've read that you stand up straight, then bend your arm at the elbow 90 degrees. Measure from the floor to your bent arm, subtract 2 to 3 inches to that measurement & that's the height of your bench.  I'm pretty sure somewhere in the beginner's lessons Mary gives these instructions on height of bench. You don't want to be bending over too far, you'll start getting back pain.  I carve from a seated position, I already have back & standing problems. But I used the same formula to figure out height of my bench. good luck


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Thanks, Robert and Greg.  I went out and measured it and it is 9 inches higher than 2 inches below my elbow, if that is not too confusing.  Your suggestion, Greg is excellent.  I'll make a stand that I can stand on which is the correct height for me and I will work at the bench for a while.  If I am happy with it, I can then cut the legs.  Perhaps it is better to stand on a small wooden stand than to stand on the concrete anyway.