Alexandrin Garage Workbench October 12th, 2017 - 20:16:49
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.
Maple workbench tops lead the crowd as a top choice of homeowners because they look great and are tough enough to withstand years of abuse and still survive. Maple butcher-block tops are made of compressed strips of hard maple glued together in the required size and finished with a smooth nonporous low maintenance acrylic finish that enhances the natural wood color. Maple butcher-block bench tops are available online and from your local garage remodeling companies. Workbench tops are made in standard sizes or they can be designed and created to your custom size requirements.
Having your own work area in the garage is a very important need for a woodworker or DIY expert especially if you take on several projects. There is a need for a solid woodworking table where you can place your crafts and the items that you are repairing. Some garage workbenches are more expensive than others but it doesnt mean the more expensive a workbench is the sturdier it is. Cost doesnt equate to quality and you need to make sure you are getting the best value for your money. You can even look for workbenches used by previous owners. These perhaps are more durable than some new ones since they have already been broken in and tested by the previous owner assuring you that it will withstand pressure and heavy use once you start on your projects.
Building your own workbench gives good practice when handling more complicated projects. Since a workbench is not a decorative piece of furniture finish and perfection are not required. Another advantage to building your own is that standard pre-fabricated workbenches available for purchase are mass produced in sizes that might not fit the space you have available. By building your own garage workbench you can decide on the particular specifications for every aspect of the bench. Every feature has a purpose and no space is wasted. If youre building from scratch or using someone elses blueprints modified or not youve got a sturdy piece of garage equipment that will easily surpass the quality of any mass produced once size fits all workbench for purchase.