6 Choices for Workbench Tops
The choice you make for the right workbench top depends on how you plan to use it and what type of work you do the most. If you're constructing a workbench to butcher meat, you may choose a much different top from someone who needs a workbench to build electronics and small appliances. No matter how you use one, these can be invaluable to help you start and complete jobs for your home or business. It can also save you from back and other related injuries if you use a workbench that's properly suited for your height. Let's look at 6 different choices for workbench tops:
1 - Maple
Solid maple workbench tops are sold by Grizzly. For example, the Grizzly G9913 measures 48 inches wide by 30 inches deep by 1-3/4 inches thick. They're made of hard rock strips that are coated with a Durakryl finish and look natural in color. You can clean them with bleach or soap and water. Nail polish remover is also effective. They also sell legs to go with the top, or you can build your own.
2 - Stainless Steel
Premium stainless steel tops are Grade 304. The best bang for your buck are the heavy duty ones that last more than 10 years. They are heavy though, making shipping very expensive. If you can, try to find one in your local hardware store, even if you have to drive well out of your way to find one.
3 - Gauge Steel
If you prefer a workbench top that requires little or no maintenance, then a gauge steel top is a good choice. These have smooth and non-porous surfaces, so you won't have to worry about cracking. C&H sells 12 gauge steel tops that are phosphatized to prevent rusting, and the steel is rated at 250 pounds per square feet. It's also designed in such a way that it won't get oil-soaked. Their tops measure 48 inches by 30 inches.
4 - Particle Board
Some of the industrial workbench tops are made of high temperature epoxy gloss powder coating. Others have a catalyzed finish, making it resistant to most liquids. These are less expensive and less durable than steel, but can work fine for many home projects.
5 - Laminate Top
Bench Depot carries a 30 by 37 Heavy Duty Industrial Workbench Laminate Top with leg frames. The top is made of Formica laminate and is coated with epoxy glass coating. You can select different colors, such as beige, oak, white, black or gray. The bench comes with a 10 year warranty and durable steel legs.
6 - Dyna Top
The core of these benches are made of lumber. It's surrounded by phenolic resincore about 3/8 inch thick and finished with a catalyzed varnish. These are made to withstand heavy impact, and will last long. The workbench top measures 30 by 70 inches.
One of the main considerations for buying a workbench top is the warranty. You don't want to buy something that won't last long. Be sure to get one that has at least a 5 year warranty.