Solaina Garage Workbench October 11th, 2017 - 20:54:49
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.
Workbenches in their basic form consist of a worktop surface and support legs. Two saw horses with a sheet of plywood laid across them can be defined as a workbench. This design may be suitable for laying out drawings or holding a few tools however without additional support it will not provide much more in the way of functionality or utility. Basic workbench design should include additional support structures and a strong worktop surface that will increase the load capacity of the workbench. The design may include support stringers lower shelves drawers back and end stops risers or any number of additional specialty attachments.
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.
Every work area needs a pegboard that will accommodate a variety of things from tools and cords to tapes and work aprons. Be sure to install your garage workbench against a wall that leaves you enough room for a good-sized pegboard. If necessary supplement with additional boards elsewhere in the garage. Some workbenches are available with a built-in pegboard often located along the back of the bench.