Lucille Garage Workbench October 13th, 2017 - 18:28:37
Workbenches are a necessity in almost every garage workshop or warehouse. They provide a surface to work on at a comfortable height and range from simple flat designs to complex specialty benches designed for specific industries and needs. There is a limitless amount of designs for both custom and pre-manufactured workbenches and one can quickly become overwhelmed when trying to decide on a design. For those people who are handy a custom built workbench can be a fun and very rewarding project. However it can be time consuming and if not done correctly could end up in the garbage pile. Pre-manufactured workbenches can be an economical solution and with countless designs available may be a better choice. This article will focus on design and selection of pre-manufactured workbenches for the home garage and workplace.
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.
A workbench should be higher than a desk as you must be able to stand and work comfortably with your arms bent at the right angle. Some experts suggest that the table tops height should be at the level of your navel or at the crease of your wrist. Others find it more comfortable and usable at a higher level. If you want extra work room and support consider the height of your table saw and place both together as a unit. You can set up a prototype bench by placing a sheet of plywood on some blocks in order to determine which height works best for you.
Building your own workbench gives good practice when handling more complicated projects. Since a workbench is not a decorative piece of furniture finish and perfection are not required. Another advantage to building your own is that standard pre-fabricated workbenches available for purchase are mass produced in sizes that might not fit the space you have available. By building your own garage workbench you can decide on the particular specifications for every aspect of the bench. Every feature has a purpose and no space is wasted. If youre building from scratch or using someone elses blueprints modified or not youve got a sturdy piece of garage equipment that will easily surpass the quality of any mass produced once size fits all workbench for purchase.