Workbenches are an essential tool for any trades person or do-it-yourselfer. Workbenches are perfect for the basement, garage or a workshop. It provides a sturdy work surface to do projects on and a great way of organizing and storing your tools.
Workbenches can be purchased in prefabricated kits or purchased as already complete and ready to use or built from scratch. The problem with the ones in kits or assembled models is they can be very expensive, so many choose to build their own version and it usually can be built in one weekend.
Before strapping on your tool belt, take a moment to decide exactly how you want the finished project to look.
1. Do you want a simple workbench or do you want drawers or other ways of storing tools and supplies?
2. You also need to decide what type of wood you will be using for your project. For standard workbenches, birch wood is often the material of choice because of its combination of firmness and the fact that it is lightweight.
3. Finally, choose the desired dimensions for your new workbench. Make sure it will fit in the designated space you have selected and, if not, make room before proceeding. You can save yourself a lot of hassle and backache by measuring and making room before beginning to build. Workbenches are heavy and you do not want to have to move it around to find the perfect spot.
4. Unless you are good enough to envision the perfect workbench and build it without directions, then you may need to purchase a workbench plan. These are available at many home improvement stores or online at a variety of specialty woodworking websites.
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If building a workbench seems a little too intimidating or difficult a task for you to undertake by yourself then maybe you could get a carpenter to step in and complete the workbench for you. You might even be able to get a carpenter to just assist you in getting the job done quicker. You will save money if you are able to source the material yourself, which will allow you to pay the carpenter for his labor without the added costs for materials and other incidentals.
If you would like to take convenience one step further, consider purchasing a complete workbench kit. Each kit generally features multiple pages depicting diagrams, photos and step-by-step procedures to help you build the perfect tool storage unit and work surface. This type of product features all hardware, along with detailed instructions. More often than not, workbench kits will even include a list of places to purchase any additional needed hardware and a detailed parts list.
On the other hand, if you are determined to complete the task yourself, remember to protect your hands with work gloves and wear safety glasses at all times. After several hours of work, you will be proud of your hard work and the wonderful new place to hang your tools and tool belt on your handsome new workbench. There’s nothing like a job well done, especially if that job is a labor of love.