Garage Workbench. Thursday , October 12th , 2017 - 20:11:57 PM
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.
Having your own work area in the garage is a very important need for a woodworker or DIY expert, especially if you take on several projects. There is a need for a solid woodworking table where you can place your crafts and the items that you are repairing. Some garage workbenches are more expensive than others, but it doesnt mean the more expensive a workbench is, the sturdier it is. Cost doesnt equate to quality, and you need to make sure you are getting the best value for your money. You can even look for workbenches used by previous owners. These perhaps are more durable than some new ones since they have already been broken in and tested by the previous owner, assuring you that it will withstand pressure and heavy use once you start on your projects.
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.
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