Calantha Garage Workbench October 11th, 2017 - 18:31:36
Workbenches in their basic form consist of a worktop surface and support legs. Two saw horses with a sheet of plywood laid across them can be defined as a workbench. This design may be suitable for laying out drawings or holding a few tools however without additional support it will not provide much more in the way of functionality or utility. Basic workbench design should include additional support structures and a strong worktop surface that will increase the load capacity of the workbench. The design may include support stringers lower shelves drawers back and end stops risers or any number of additional specialty attachments.
Various workbench kits are available on the market. Choose the one that best suits your needs. Consider a heavy duty stainless steel garage workbench if you expect to use it often and want extra durability. Be sure to have all of the right tools on hand to assemble it and if necessary shop for some new ones! You will most likely want more handy tools for your new work space. Note that some essential hardware may not be included in your kit.
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.
The drawback is once damaged it may be expensive to replace. Manufactured work surfaces like MDF or particleboard is the preferred surface for industry. They are warp and splinter proof and are highly resistant to oil and moisture. They are also less expensive than hardwood and can be easily replaced if damaged. Plastic worktops provide strength chemical resistance and are non-conductive. Plastic is great for electronics assembly circuit board repair or any application that may be prone to spills. However plastic may be too slippery for woodworking and favor applications like ceramics work pottery or anything that requires moisture or chemical resistance.