I’ve always been an advocate for low workbenches, especially for planing operations. My workbench is at 34″ (and while standing on my horse stall mat it’s 33″). And I’ve become quite fond of Megan’s bench, which is at 30″ (horse mat included).
But I can tell you that 16″ is just too low. Yes, you really can get your weight right over the plane at 16″, but then there’s the problem of the occasional and inadvertent somersault.
– Christopher Schwarz