Alacoque Garage Workbench October 12th, 2017 - 20:44:09
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 you want something a little fancier and dont have the time required to put together a garage workbench with shelving or drawers you can by a light industrial garage work bench for less than $100. An industrial garage workbench is usually constructed with a steel frame and laminated wood bench top. Different models of this type of garage workbench will have drawers or cabinets or even a pegboard back on which you can hang your tools.
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.
If your at-home carpentry jobs have been taking place in the driveway or on the floor of your garage you can build you own garage workbench tailored to fit your personal needs and you dont need to spend a lot of money doing it. A garage workbench will spare you back and knees and if you decide to make it a bit more complex will have drawers and shelves in which you can keep the tools ad materials for your carpentry jobs.