Garage Workbench. Thursday , October 12th , 2017 - 20:38:09 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.
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.
In addition to the main pieces of a workbench there are many add-ons that are used to increase utility. Back and End stops might be installed to prevent things from rolling off onto the floor. Drawers, shelves and risers can be added for increased storage. Electrical power strips and outlet cutouts can be incorporated into the design as well to run tools, grinders, drill presses, etc. Vises and clamps can also be added to help secure whatever you are working on. The best place to start when choosing a design is to define the intended use. Once that is established the support structure, worktop, add-ons and size can be more easily selected. There are literally thousands of available workbench designs and configurations, many of which will suit your needs and budget. When in doubt contact your supplier for assistance selecting an appropriate design.
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