Garage Workbench. Wednesday , October 11th , 2017 - 20:09:37 PM
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.
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.
You garage workbench will be more durable if you construct it with wood screws and bolts instead of nails, which tend to work loose after a while, and a wobbly workbench is not a safe carpentry setting. A very basic workbench consists of a wooden plank sized for your needs, and Four evenly-cut two-by-fours which will be its legs. You can cut the legs to whatever length places the surface of the garage workbench at a comfortable height; a thirty-one inch high workbench work well for most people.
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