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I just watched this video last night. Gleaned some ideas on how to improve my setup.

Unfortunately I don't have much experience with woodworking. I'm fine with metalworking, masonry, plumbing, electrical and electronics. But somehow I never enjoyed working with wood. Perhaps it's all the sawdust and cleaning up afterwards that puts me off.

I wonder how much a carpenter would charge for a custom job. 🥴

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No matter how wonderful a work bench may look, you have to make sure it is the correct height for you it is very important that your posture is correct otherwise you could end up hunched backed, make sure your seat is adjustable. No matter how big your bench will be I can tell you it will never be big enough. Go to at least 3 carpenters and get estimates then pick the middle one.

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Thanks @oldhippy. Pearls of wisdom.

As a dentist, I'm acutely aware of furniture heights and posture. I still haven't decided on my ideal table height yet, that's why I bought a table with adjustable legs, which can be set as low as 60cm to as high as 90cm.

I intend to build my workbench with modular units attached to this tabletop. The design and features of the bench will be flexible and easily reconfigured.

I'll probably look at different commercially available models and come up with my own design.

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45 minutes ago, HectorLooi said:

Thanks @oldhippy. Pearls of wisdom.

As a dentist, I'm acutely aware of furniture heights and posture. I still haven't decided on my ideal table height yet, that's why I bought a table with adjustable legs, which can be set as low as 60cm to as high as 90cm.

I intend to build my workbench with modular units attached to this tabletop. The design and features of the bench will be flexible and easily reconfigured.

I'll probably look at different commercially available models and come up with my own design.

Any style of  bespoke furniture doesn't come cheap. A lot of the cost will come from the quality and type of timber used. But if you want something really nice to your own specifications you will need a reputable joinery company with a well kitted out workshop. Or as a minimum a highly skilled bench joiner with a good home set up. There is a lot of time involved in the final planning of the design and preparing a cutting list before a single tool is lifted. Certainly not your average joiners task unless you want something basic and rustic.

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