Lucille Garage Workbench October 13th, 2017 - 18:28:43
Worktop surfaces come in many material and designs. Depending on the intended use one material may be more suitable than another. Common materials are steel wood solid plastic plastic laminate and others. Steel worktops are typical for heavy duty use. They will not become oil soaked or crack and are extremely tough. Mechanics and small engine repair shops favor this material as well as welders who might damage other work top surfaces. Disadvantages are scratching or denting if they are hit sufficiently hard. Wood tops can be made of solid hardwood like maple or made of plywood MDF or other manufactured wood material. Hardwood worktops resist damage by sharp tools and hard blows and is ideal for tool and die work electrical wiring fabric cutting and is favored by woodworkers.
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.
If space is an issue a fold-up garage workbench takes up little room when not in use. They are often designed with cabinet space to hang tools and hardware and the hinged bench folds into that space with its legs tucked under. When you need to work simply unfold the top prop up the legs and get to it. Select one with a leg system that is sturdy enough for your needs. Make sure to allow adequate space to work in when the bench is laid out.
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.