Lundy Garage Workbench October 12th, 2017 - 18:45:14
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.
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.
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.
If there is one place in the house that is most suited for your craftsmanship it would be the garage. Some people opt for the basement but not all houses have that extra room. A garage is a more common part and it is where dirty jobs can be done simply because it does not need to be kept so clean all the time as compared to the other areas. Despite that you still need something to help you in order to make your job less stressful such as a garage workbench. Ideas and suggestions on the things to consider when choosing one are listed below to help you find the perfect furniture for the space you have.