Build a garage work bench

What is a good height for a garage workbench?

A tall workbench is good for detailed work, cutting joinery, and for power tool use. 34″ – 36″ (86cm – 91cm) tend to be the most common workbench height for woodworking. A height in between these two extremes tends to be the most popular, particular if you do a range of activities at your workbench.

What wood is best for a workbench top?

Pine and ash are the two most dominate timbers in my mind for bench building. But if I was building my perfect bench it would be of oak. I just have a true love for oak – the workabilities of it, and it’s simplicity.

How thick should a workbench top be?

The thickness of your bench top needs to be about 75mm. That’s 3” in imperial. I would say that the bench top needs to be a minimum of 63mm or 2 ½” thick if you have stock already or that’s a size you can find.

What should I use for a workbench top?

Plastic and laminate tops are also ideal surfaces if you’re working with chemicals or in a lab setting as the plastic material cleans clean easily. Plastic and laminate workbenches are fairly sturdy, although they aren’t built to withhold quite as much weight as wood or steel workbenches and aren’t nearly as durable.

Should a workbench have an overhang?

Be sure your workbench top has an overhang of at least 4 inches on the front and the sides. You will discover this will come in very handy if you need to use larger adjustable clamps to hold something in a steady position while you glue, drill or sand the object.

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