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The Pianoman
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Hi all,
I have, up to this point, never had a magic table to work from. Today however whilst snooping around a junk shop I noticed a cheap wooden cupboard.

It's about as high as my belly button, square shaped around the sides, front, back and last side. It resembles a high tower block building and has a slightly larger base board which allows the insertion of my foot to hold it steady.

It seems like it was made for a CD storage rack and the dimensions would suggest likewise.

I recon if I fitted a removable close up board to the top with a nice edgeing, covering etc. and gave it a coat of matt black it would do quite nicely as a working surface for stand up usage.

Plus all the little CD shelves would be facing me and not the audience, lending themselves to ditching, storing, stealing etc etc.

Finally to my question, as a general rule how high in relation to a body part would the table ideally be?.

I am 175 cms OR 5 ft 10 inches tall.

I would be doing cards, coins and small stuff on there.

Regards Alan
Eldon
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A good height for a stand-up table is 36". It is a comfortable height to work from and is high enough that your audience can see.

I just re-read your post and noticed that you said you would be doing coins and cards. 36" might be too tall if your audience is sitting.
The Pianoman
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Hi Eldon,

The punters would most likely be walking by or standing around.... in a conferance lobby style setting.

Thanks for the 36 inches though, I will go up with a measuring tape tommorrow and see if its still there.

Regards Alan
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Alan -
A general "design standard" to determine the most comfortable height is as follows: in a standing position place your hands, palms down & parallel to the floor, at your hip bones (about your belt line) and take a measurement to the bottom of your hands. That dimension should enable you to comfortably do a variety of things.

You could adjust the cabinet height as needed by adding to the overall thickness of the top or by cutting down some of the base. Also you may be able to install "leg levelers" (the threaded type for cabinets/tables) in the base to increase the height as well.

Hope all this helps.

peace,
phill
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I agree with Phill, but don't forget to wear your shoes, which you will use at work, when you measure the height. Especially if you wear high heel shoes. Smile

Peace,

Budi Ha Ha
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