Preparation for Building A Custom Workbench
Building a custom workbench is a great way to ensure that it meets your needs. It's a relatively simple project you can complete in just a few steps.
Step 1: Determine Heigh
One of the key features to consider when building your own custom work bench is the height. There are standard heights set for items like countertops in the kitchen and tables in the dining room, but many of these standard heights are not ergonomic in any way. What height is going to work best for you?
Step 2: Determine Flexibility
Another rule is that your working height may need to be different depending on your project, making flexibility a useful thing for you to consider. You may want to have a stepping stool that is handy, or you may want to have an adjustable table depending on what your working needs are. You need to consider both of these things when it comes to building your own custom work bench, at least if you want to get the most out of the finished product.
Step 3: Determine Storage
Most of the storage for tools and equipment will likely be best handled away from the workbench, but some items need to be kept close to your hands and this will mean that you need to make storage considerations accordingly. You might want to install drawers below the surface of the work bench, for example, to make sure that you have storage space without interfering with your ability to sit down at your bench.
Step 4: Determine Structure
In addition to height, there are other structural qualities that you are going to need to want to consider, and one of these is the sturdiness of your work bench. This will apply not only to the work surface but also to the frame of the workbench as well. You can provide yourself with a good frame just by using 2 x 4 lumber that has been assembled using standard carriage bolts if you want something simple. Don't just cut plywood to size, you will not be happy with the results. You may end up destroying your work bench the first time you use it if you do not keep the sturdiness of the structure in mind.
All four of these considerations need to be determined and properly considered before you begin building your perfect dream work bench.