Alacoque Garage Workbench October 12th, 2017 - 17:26:22
If your at-home carpentry jobs have been taking place in the driveway or on the floor of your garage you can build you own garage workbench tailored to fit your personal needs and you dont need to spend a lot of money doing it. A garage workbench will spare you back and knees and if you decide to make it a bit more complex will have drawers and shelves in which you can keep the tools ad materials for your carpentry jobs.
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.
Workbench size height and mobility are also very important and vary by application. Sail makers may require very large work surfaces to spread out fabrics while jewelers and electronics repair shops may prefer smaller work tops for easy tool and parts access. The height also is important when choosing a design. Workbenches designed for standing work in general are higher than those intended for sitting. The worktop height is also dependent on the workers individual height. Many designs incorporate adjustable legs allowing for multiple heights application types and for leveling the worktop over uneven surfaces. For some applications mobility may be required so casters are installed allowing the workbench to be moved around. The best approach is to get a workbench that is sufficiently large for your needs has adjustable height for experimentation and is on casters if mobility is required for your specific application.
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.