The process of choosing the best Australian timber for a wood workbench begins with knowing what your needs are. Are you looking to purchase a wood workbench for your backyard workshop? Do you have an existing wood workbench that you want to replace it with something new? Is a wood workbench more than just a table to sit and relax on in your yard?
The purpose of a wood workbench is to provide a place to do woodworking projects safely, comfortably, and efficiently. The first thing you will need to determine is the size and design of the wood workbench you need, and this is best determined before you even begin to plan out your woodworking project. Measure the space available in your workshop, or if you have an existing space, take a picture of it. If you’re not sure what the dimensions are, ask for help at a local hardware store, or do some research online.
Once you have a clear idea of the size of the work space, you can start to choose the best materials for your wood workbench. This may seem obvious, but hear me out! If you’re planning on building a woodworking project from scratch, the type of wood that you choose is critical. It should match the rest of your woodworking projects, and be of the right wood type (softwood versus hardwood). The type of wood you choose can also greatly affect the price of the project. Hardwood is usually the most expensive, while softwoods like pine and cedar tend to be more cost-effective.
Once you’ve figured out the type of wood you’re going to use, decide what stain to get. There are literally thousands of different wood stains available today, and they come in just about any color you could possibly imagine. You’ll find that the darker the stain is, the better it’ll look when it’s stained and polished. So, if you’re planning on staining your work bench in a dark blue, it would probably look best. If you’re planning on painting your wood workbench a light color, you might want to go with a lighter shade.
Once you’ve decided on your wood, it’s time to pick out your tools. A set of woodworking tools can make or break your woodworking project. I recommend having a basic set of woodworking tools such as a jigsaw, screwdriver, measuring tape, hammer, sandpaper, an angle grinder and a drill. You should also have some cordless drills, a saw, and a small hand saw.
Now that you’ve got your wood, and your tools, it’s time to get started. If you’re using wood that you’re going to be down or pressed into, you need to be sure that you have a table to work at. A table will allow you to safely and securely work on the wood. Also, it will help keep you from tripping over the wood as you’re moving it.
The next step is actually building your workbench. The best way to build your workbench is to follow a step-by-step woodworking plans. You can either find these plans online or at your local woodworking store, but generally you’ll be better off printing them out and taking them with you to the lumber yard when you build your workbench.
The most important part of building your workbench is making sure that it’s protected. The best way to do this is by using a workbench cover. Workbenches are notorious for being very exposed to the weather. During summer, you should try to cover your workbench with some sort of wood or vinyl protector. In winter, a woodwork cloth can be used to protect it, but generally a cover is your best bet for lasting protection of your workbench.