Aveline Garage Workbench October 13th, 2017 - 18:42:17
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 workbench should be higher than a desk as you must be able to stand and work comfortably with your arms bent at the right angle. Some experts suggest that the table tops height should be at the level of your navel or at the crease of your wrist. Others find it more comfortable and usable at a higher level. If you want extra work room and support consider the height of your table saw and place both together as a unit. You can set up a prototype bench by placing a sheet of plywood on some blocks in order to determine which height works best for you.
Do you have more tools than your local building store? A work bench should have a large enough tabletop to hold various saws sanders and other power tools for easy access. Installing wall cabinets and shelves either above or beside the workbench will greatly alleviate your organization task. Check out the myriad of options available from open wooden shelving to stainless steel cabinets especially designed for garage wear and tear. They should give you ample space to store tools manage all the hardware that comes with home improvement and tuck away any work in progress. Some garage workbench designs actually incorporate a built-in cabinet system which is very practical when attached to the garage wall. If you find the surface area of your workbench insufficient consider setting up a supplementary table top elsewhere in the garage.
If your house and garage are attached your choice in placement may be limited. Putting the garage workbench against a shared wall is a good idea for ease of electrical outlet installation. It will also be the area to give you the most warmth during cold months. Some insulation for sound should be considered so the folks in the house are not bothered by the noise. If your garage stands alone you may find it easier to select an area. Ideally place your garage workbench along a bare wall in order to have plenty of room for cabinets and shelves on one or both sides of the workbench. By positioning your workbench on the opposite wall of a window you will be provided with the most natural light.