Babette Garage Workbench October 12th, 2017 - 18:30:20
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.
In addition to the main pieces of a workbench there are many add-ons that are used to increase utility. Back and End stops might be installed to prevent things from rolling off onto the floor. Drawers shelves and risers can be added for increased storage. Electrical power strips and outlet cutouts can be incorporated into the design as well to run tools grinders drill presses etc. Vises and clamps can also be added to help secure whatever you are working on. The best place to start when choosing a design is to define the intended use. Once that is established the support structure worktop add-ons and size can be more easily selected. There are literally thousands of available workbench designs and configurations many of which will suit your needs and budget. When in doubt contact your supplier for assistance selecting an appropriate design.
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.
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.