Calantha Garage Workbench October 13th, 2017 - 18:31:59
A nice sturdy and functional workbench should never be underestimated when it comes to this need. And if you want much more out of it the bench can be used as a type of storage system. You can have some of your tools and equipments stored in the workbench while the garage is not in use. Just make it sure that you observe safety measures especially if kids are constantly around. Garage workbench design can be acquired either by building it with your own expertise or acquiring a kit that can be purchased from the stores. You can also try a bench that is prefabricated from a design made by a professional you can hire. Either way having a workbench will make it extremely useful and practical for you. It is one thing that any man should not have without. Everything about manly household chores comes in easy if a proper garage workbench design is built.
Workbenches are a necessity in almost every garage workshop or warehouse. They provide a surface to work on at a comfortable height and range from simple flat designs to complex specialty benches designed for specific industries and needs. There is a limitless amount of designs for both custom and pre-manufactured workbenches and one can quickly become overwhelmed when trying to decide on a design. For those people who are handy a custom built workbench can be a fun and very rewarding project. However it can be time consuming and if not done correctly could end up in the garbage pile. Pre-manufactured workbenches can be an economical solution and with countless designs available may be a better choice. This article will focus on design and selection of pre-manufactured workbenches for the home garage and workplace.
A common material for pre-manufactured workbench legs and supports is steel sheet. As we discussed in our previous article "A Handy Guide on Shelving Systems for the Home Garage and Workplace" the thickness of sheet metal is called its gauge and the lower its gauge number is the thicker the steel is. Steel sheet ranges from about 30 gauge to 8 gauge with thinner 30+ gauge material called foil and thicker 8 gauge or less material called plate. Typical workbench supports range from around 12 to 16 gauge. Stringers and lower shelves add stability and strength to the legs and allow for heavier loads to be applied.
The drawback is once damaged it may be expensive to replace. Manufactured work surfaces like MDF or particleboard is the preferred surface for industry. They are warp and splinter proof and are highly resistant to oil and moisture. They are also less expensive than hardwood and can be easily replaced if damaged. Plastic worktops provide strength chemical resistance and are non-conductive. Plastic is great for electronics assembly circuit board repair or any application that may be prone to spills. However plastic may be too slippery for woodworking and favor applications like ceramics work pottery or anything that requires moisture or chemical resistance.