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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.
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.
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.
Even if you only use hand tools to make your own wood crafts you will never know when you might have to use a power tool and garage workbenches are of no help when they are a great distance away from an electrical outlet. Plan your work area properly to make sure that you have everything you need including drawers pegs for hanging tools safety ladders and of course a good power source. This will make your woodworking project easier to do and more convenient.