Alexandrin Garage Workbench October 12th, 2017 - 19:47:44
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.
Worktop surfaces come in many material and designs. Depending on the intended use one material may be more suitable than another. Common materials are steel wood solid plastic plastic laminate and others. Steel worktops are typical for heavy duty use. They will not become oil soaked or crack and are extremely tough. Mechanics and small engine repair shops favor this material as well as welders who might damage other work top surfaces. Disadvantages are scratching or denting if they are hit sufficiently hard. Wood tops can be made of solid hardwood like maple or made of plywood MDF or other manufactured wood material. Hardwood worktops resist damage by sharp tools and hard blows and is ideal for tool and die work electrical wiring fabric cutting and is favored by woodworkers.
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.
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.