“Lowering” the bench
Before getting on to my next project, I spent a few minutes modifying my workbench.
For a while now I’ve felt that my woodworking bench was:
1. too high and
2. too wobbly
So, to improve its stability I removed the industrial casters that I had installed when I made the bench. I’ve learned that casters on a woodworking bench are just a bad idea. You need maximum stability from a woodworking bench and no matter how "industrial" casters are, they will allow too much movement. Plus, I’ve found that I almost never need to move the bench.
More importantly, I "lowered" my bench by about 7 inches. I found out via Internet research that a woodworking bench should be about the height of your palms held parallel to the ground while standing with your arms straight down by your sides. I made this modification, and I love the new height. Perfect. It looks too low to my eye, but feels perfect when I work at the bench.