After I built my first wooden work bench, I decided that the shelving that came with it was too limiting. My wife could not stand the sawdust-like surface and even tried several times to clean it. She finally got tired of dragging the toolbox across the floor, so she decided to look into something better. So I bought her a new adjustable top, and I made a woodworking bench for her.
The most important part of this whole project was the woodworking bench. If you are like me, you are not limited by shelving. I love to use various woodworking tools, but the shelves always take up a lot of room. But a bench can fit anywhere, and that is what made it the perfect addition to our house.
So I went shopping. I found several models, all in varying heights. Some were a couple feet tall; others were several feet wide. But I settled on a bench that was just over three feet tall, which helped with my storage issues as well. This bench has a great work space, and I use it almost every day now.
My wife is happy now, and I have more space in my garage. I purchased my first adjustable wood workbench only a few months ago, and it has been a wonderful addition to my shop. My toolboxes are now out of the way, and I can move around more easily in my car or on foot. But the woodworking bench was the first woodworking tool I owned that I did not build myself.
There are some things you can do to make your wood workbench last longer. You need to get the right tools for the job. A woodworking bench is an investment, so treat it with care. Here are some tips for buying a quality woodworking bench.
The first thing you should think about is the price. You do not want to pay too much for a woodworking bench, but you also do not want to pay too little either. Most woodworking bench retailers are going to charge the same for all their benches regardless of the size. If they have a sale, you may even be able to save money by taking advantage of the sale.
The quality of the wood should also matter to you. Most woodworking projects are better when starting out with a high quality wood like maple or oak. But there are some cheaper woods that are just as nice. The best advice is to ask questions of people you know that have built their own woodworking bench, or read woodworking books to learn more about different woods and which ones are best to start out with.
There is no reason to skimp on your woodworking bench purchase. Even the best materials will not last forever if you do not take care of them properly. If you take care of your bench, it will give you years of quality use. That is certainly worth the money!
If you are going to purchase a woodworking bench, you will need to think about how much you are going to build. Do you plan to build one bench, or a few? Do you want to stain or paint your bench? What kind of wood do you want to work with? There are many choices available.
There are two kinds of lumber, you will need to consider. One is solid wood, and the other is engineered wood. Solid wood comes from all over the world including India and China. Engineered wood comes from trees that are specially grown to be in great shape. These include eucalyptus, cypress, pine, and cherry.
You can find a great number of woodworking books at your local bookstore. Even your local library has many on hand. Or, you could go online and search the internet for woodworking information and woodworking plans on the web. But no matter where you go, there are only a couple of things that you should remember when building your butcher block bench.
One thing to remember is that it doesn’t have to be straight. It can be curved, if you wish. Also, it can come with an additional platform to place an anvil on. There are also several different sizes to choose from, and each one is perfect for different woodworking projects. So, when you sit down at your bench and hammer the nail into the wood, you’ll have something that is absolutely beautiful. And, because it is straight and sturdy, it will stand up to the most abuse you can give it.