Alexandrin Garage Workbench October 13th, 2017 - 18:27:01
Even if you only use hand tools to make your own wood crafts you will never know when you might have to use a power tool and garage workbenches are of no help when they are a great distance away from an electrical outlet. Plan your work area properly to make sure that you have everything you need including drawers pegs for hanging tools safety ladders and of course a good power source. This will make your woodworking project easier to do and more convenient.
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.
If you want something a little fancier and dont have the time required to put together a garage workbench with shelving or drawers you can by a light industrial garage work bench for less than $100. An industrial garage workbench is usually constructed with a steel frame and laminated wood bench top. Different models of this type of garage workbench will have drawers or cabinets or even a pegboard back on which you can hang your tools.
They do this by connecting the legs together below the worktop and forming a rigid structure that helps support itself. Without additional support the workbench legs would easily fold under and collapse when weight is applied. The design may favor stringers alone if the workbench is intended to be used while sitting allowing for the persons legs to extend under the worktop. Lower shelves may also be incorporated into the design for storage below the worktop surface and may be partial or full sized shelves depending on its use. Though load carrying capacities are frequently not listed on workbenches a general rule of thumb is to use a thicker gauge steel support structure for heavier duty workbench applications.