Fauna Garage Workbench October 12th, 2017 - 17:41:07
If youre a handyman you need a workbench in the garage. A real handyman can build one if room is available and the workbench is the essential first step before true creativeness of an inventor or handyman can be let loose. Prior to beginning building of the workbench accurate measurements of the space available are needed. This ensures the design will fit the available space and still leave room for any cars or other items to be parked in the garage along side 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.
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.
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.