Solaina Garage Workbench October 11th, 2017 - 20:24:11
Selecting the right top for your garage or basement workbench starts by knowing how you want to use it and the type of work you will do. In addition knowing how you will be using the workbench will help you determine the type of storage that is required. For automotive and related uses consider a laminate top or stainless steel for ease of maintenance durability and overall appearance. If you are a do it your self kind of person who likes to do home repairs and refinish furniture? A workbench with a maple butcher-block top even 16-gauge steel will provide very low maintenance and have extremely smooth non-sticking surfaces. What you decide should be unique to you and reflect how you will use the workbench.
For the DIY workbench designers out there consider building it permanently to the exposed wall studs in your garage walls. This type of bench is for all intensive purpose permanent but can easily be dismantled in needed. It gives work space far more sturdy than the types found for purchase in the hardware store and can be customized as much as you want. Once you have a good idea on the size and location of your workbench its time to consider storage space for tools supplies and raw materials that you tend to work with most. You can build shelving underneath the workbench to provide enormous amounts of storage space for hobby supplies or other garage relegated storage. Cabinets or shelves above the workbench provide additional storage or you can always use pegboard to arrange tools for hanging storage.
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.
Finally with location and storage options figured out its time to calculate all the supplies and tools youll need for building your new garage workbench. Try not to leave out anything. Accurately calculate the number of screws or nails youll need so you make sure to buy enough first time around. Youll have a good idea of the cost of your project by accurately projecting these needs. You can save a lot of money buying these fasteners in bulk and if you have some left over - thats one less hardware store trip the time you need nails.