Alacoque Garage Workbench October 12th, 2017 - 19:12:18
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.
They do this by connecting the legs together below the worktop and forming a rigid structure that helps support itself. Without additional support the workbench legs would easily fold under and collapse when weight is applied. The design may favor stringers alone if the workbench is intended to be used while sitting allowing for the persons legs to extend under the worktop. Lower shelves may also be incorporated into the design for storage below the worktop surface and may be partial or full sized shelves depending on its use. Though load carrying capacities are frequently not listed on workbenches a general rule of thumb is to use a thicker gauge steel support structure for heavier duty workbench applications.
If you are someone who does a lot of large project carpentry or works on your cars parts at your garage workbench you might be better served with a heavier industrial garage workbench made of heavier steel and with a steel bench top. These workbenches are also available with storage drawers. Any garage workbench you build or by should be large enough and sturdy enough to support the weight of a vise. Youll be using your garage workbench as the cornerstone of your workshop so make sure that it is as durable a workbench as you can afford. And whatever you do dont be concerned about you garage workbench getting banged up. Dents scrapes and scratches are all in a good days work when it comes to hour latest DYI project.
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.