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I just got my hands on a nice two person drafting table with drawers down the middle. I got it for free and thought it might make a nice tying setup. The top is 40” high. 
my question is, do any of you tie on anything high like this ? My current table is 29” high. I’m thinking a taller,  comfy swivel chair might do the trick. 
I haven’t been on much since the early spring, but with the days getting shorter it will be tying season once again soon. 
 

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For about 45 years, I tied on tables that were about 27 to 29" high.  I built an enclosed tying table in a 90" closet and that too was at 27.  There were 2 pieces of 3/4" plywood that gave me a base, and then and extending slide out tying area.  Then I started painting watercolors, and needed a higher table for that.  I put  9" rise from the base, and put the tying shelf on that.  Currently my vise goes on at a level of 33."  The Norvise then rotates at 40" and tying is fairly comfortable with just a standard office chair.  If your starting at 40 for the table, you will end up higher at the tying level.  An adjustable stool would let you work with a comfortable approach to the vise.

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Agree with @utyer, the height of your tying surface is only going to be limited  by the height an adjustable stool/chair, which will let you fine tune everything to your comfort.   

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My bench is 40” high. Depending on which vise I’m using it is anywhere from 49 to 52” above the floor. Love it because I can stand at vise when my back is sore or just because I feel like standing. Yes you will need a taller stool. 

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10 hours ago, Upstate said:

I just got my hands on a nice two person drafting table with drawers down the middle. I got it for free and thought it might make a nice tying setup. The top is 40” high. 
my question is, do any of you tie on anything high like this ? My current table is 29” high. I’m thinking a taller,  comfy swivel chair might do the trick. 
I haven’t been on much since the early spring, but with the days getting shorter it will be tying season once again soon. 
 

Please post a photo on the "Show your bench" thread when you get it set up-  

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I built my last bench be higher as well.  I have found that I have less back strain at the higher level and when I get tired of the stool I can tie standing.  All in all a much better set up for me than sitting at a low bench.

Picture before it became cluttered with materials.

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15 hours ago, DFoster said:

Please post a photo on the "Show your bench" thread when you get it set up-  

Will do. I got the monster moved into the basement tonight. Will start setting up soon. Here is a pic of the my old setup. 
 

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1 hour ago, Upstate said:

Will do. I got the monster moved into the basement tonight. Will start setting up soon. Here is a pic of the my old setup. 
 

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Looks like an old set-up with a couple old fools to boot!

Kim

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On 9/14/2021 at 9:55 PM, Upstate said:

Will do. I got the monster moved into the basement tonight. Will start setting up soon. Here is a pic of the my old setup. 
 

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Great setup! Love your tying buddies!

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17 hours ago, Upstate said:

A1F8DCAA-0F4C-4B59-B76D-BB4F8B07B800.thumb.jpeg.6aea0c709895212a8ef393cb1c7e1e05.jpegThe new setup. Time to fill the drawers, and get a higher stool/chair

Nice!

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I have 2 craftsman workbenches in our craft room. Wife can use her side to sew or paint, I use mine for fly tying and weapons maintenance. I can either sit or stand depending on how my back and neck are feeling. It's also high enough to keep the old cat from jumping up.

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