If you are into woodworking, metalworking, electronics, and others, then learning how to build a workbench may be important to you. Of course, you can always buy one but making your own is always cheaper and more fun!
Before you even start, you should always begin with the end in mind. That is why there are some things that you should know before you actually start learning how to build a workbench. Below are some of the questions you need answered beforehand:
What is the workbench for?
This is the most important question of all. Workbenches differ mainly based on their purpose. The answer to this question affects the workbench’s size, material, accessories, and others. For instance, if you are a jeweler, you only need a small workbench with drawers. However, if you build staircases, then you’re going to need a big workbench. Similarly, if you do electrical work, then you should learn how to build a workbench that is not made of conductive metals.
How much space do you have?
If you plan to put your workbench in your garage where your car is parked, or in a room in your house, it may mean that you have little space. Make sure that you measure the amount of space you can allot for work. Divide this area with the bench’s space, where things are to be stored, and where you are supposed to stand or sit. Otherwise, you might end up sitting on the hood of your car: not comfortable or safe!
If your space is really tiny, consider learning how to build a workbench that is collapsible. This way, you only have to spread your workbench when you need it (and when your car is elsewhere or when you can park your car only halfway into the garage).
How to build a workbench that will last?
This is related to the first question above. Once you know the answer to that, then you can check plans that you can use to construct a workbench that can be strong enough to last in your type of work. For example, If you are into gardening, then you should learn how to build a workbench that is waterproof or at least highly resistant to water (and dirt). In contrast, if you plan to work with heat (such as soldering, etc.), then you should build a workbench that has high resistance to heat.
Additionally, learn how to build a workbench that is rigid. These are mostly accomplished by constructing using mortise and tenon joints. These joints not only keep your workbench sturdy, these also make sure that you do not spill anything on top of the workbench.
Furthermore, instead of using nails, use bolts. Over time, it is normal for workbench nails/bolts to loosen. If you are using nails, you may have trouble later on, as the nail holes may also have become larger. However, if you are using bolts, you simply have to tighten them and you’re good.
How can you keep your expenses to a minimum?
Learning how to build a workbench is fun but it’s no joke. It can be expensive. Solid hardwood is one of the best materials you can use but it costs. That is why it’s good to use recycled materials instead of buying brand new wood. You can use recycled old growth pine as well as maple.
Learning how to build a workbench is fun, especially if you already know what kind of workbench you need to build before you even start.