First off, woodworking is a great hobby or career, and it can provide some great pay. However, it is also a hobby that can require a lot of care. My husband built our new woodworking workbench from scratch and didn’t have any plan. We sanded the wood every two weeks, sharpened it (which I think is unnecessary, but he did it anyway), and installed plywood panels over the joints to avoid warping.
Now, woodworking workbenches are also a bit more likely to accumulate sawdust than other kinds of workbenches. The sawdust is simply chips that have fallen from the wood working bench top onto the floor. If you stand at a workbench while it is being finished, you can see sawdust floating down from the ceiling. You can also get wood dust on your clothes if you’re not careful, especially if you are using a hand saw. It’s important to keep your sawdust out of your eyes and clothing, however.
There are a few ways to clean woodworking workbenches. One of them is to take it outside on a sunny day, and use a garden hose to spray it down. However, this is kind of silly because you aren’t really getting anything accomplished. Using water from your hose on woodworking workbenches is like dunking your shirt in water while you’re working on it. It won’t clean it properly, and it probably will just make things worse.
If you are serious about your woodworking workbenches, you should consider purchasing an air cleaner for them. Air cleaners suck up dust and debris from the air. They also help remove odors from wood, as well as removing pests and fungi. The sawdust and chips that fall off woodworking tables and workbenches are the perfect items for air cleaners. Air cleaners are typically quite expensive, but if you want to avoid spending money on an air cleaner all the time, you should think about investing in a woodworking workbench cover instead.
Woodworking workbenches are also very convenient. They let you be in a cozy, warm, private place, away from the hubbub of the world, where you can work on your woodworking. Your workstation will also keep you away from the noise that is inevitable when you are in a wood shop. Just imagine being able to work without having to hear any annoying machines or voices. Having your own woodworking workbench also means you have extra space available for other woodworking projects. You won’t have to stop and think about what projects to get ready for.
In addition, woodworking workbenches allow you to get better privacy. If you are working in a public woodworking shop, you are going to have to deal with all the people walking by and possibly trying to overhear what you are doing. If they do overhear, you could risk getting arrested for trespassing. With your own woodworking workbench, you can keep all your privacy and avoid having to worry about being accused of trespassing.
Many woodworking workbenches also help with anxiety. This is one of those cases where the contrary is really the case. There are many people who suffer from anxiety attacks that simply don’t involve woodworking at all. In fact, woodworking is one of the few hobbies that actually help combat feelings of anxiety. If you can deal with some woodworking projects a few times a week, you will find that you don’t need the aggravation and stress caused by many other addictions, including woodworking.
All in all, woodworking workbenches are not bad for your health. The choice is up to you. If you are going to use a woodworking workbench, make sure you choose one that is built well and with strong support. Make sure it is built for safety as well.