A woodworking bench is a small table used by woodworking enthusiasts to hold various workpieces while they’re worked on by other accessories. There are several different styles of woodworking benches available, each reflecting the style of the craftsman or the kind of work to be performed. Some are designed to sit against a wall or stand alone as a simple table. Others are more like cabinets and have open shelves or drawers for holding vases, books or other items.
The bench must be strong enough to support the items being worked on, but light enough so that the user can comfortably move around the workshop. If the woodworking bench is to be positioned against a flat surface, it must be sturdy enough to withstand the tension of a hammer, chisel or saw; or, at the very least, the weight of the tools. Since bench feet are usually made of wood or metal, the thickness of the legs should be adequate to support the body. Of course, most woodworking benches will already be built with a good set of legs, but if the user wants to install a deeper or more stable bench, he can add a leg rail beforehand. Otherwise, the bench can simply use a regular foot stool.
Some woodworking benches sit directly on a concrete or paver floor in a garage or shed. In such cases, care should be taken not to use glue or nails on the surface because such tools could permanently mark the concrete. For garages and workshops, a special pre-made design is preferred because it is pre-drilled for fixing to the floor or wall. If the workshop is attached to a house, it is possible to buy benches that snap together with the sides snapped right to the floor for a permanent installation. If the woodworking bench will be placed outside, it will probably be necessary to anchor it down to the ground or some type of wall. Since the wood is slippery, care should be taken to avoid dropping heavy items on it.
Many woodworking benches feature a framework with legs attached along two edges. These frames can be assembled into various designs. In a typical, four-leg design, the upper frame leg is secured to a post at the rear, and the lower frame leg and the cross bar are secured to the floor. Cross bars can be bent or curved as necessary to fit the user’s needs. Such work benches are also available with one or two-leg construction.
Some woodworking benches have additional features such as locking mechanism, drawer units, and wheels. Most of these features will make working more convenient. A locking mechanism prevents the woodworking bench from being moved by workers while the tool is in use. There are also drawer units located beneath the legs which allow users to store their tools in a compact manner. The wheels allow the bench to be rolled across the floor.
A woodworking bench is an essential addition to any workshop. Not only does it provide additional workspace, it also gives you a comfortable place to sit while you are waiting for other workers to finish other projects. Woodworking benches that feature lockable drawers are especially useful in small workshops where the woodworkers need to complete several projects simultaneously. Some bench tops also feature slide-out drawers, allowing woodworkers to access the tools they need without having to stand on the floor. It makes working in small workshops easier.
One of the benefits of using woodworking bench dogs is that they protect your hands from cuts, chips, and splinters, preventing you from being injured while performing your daily woodworking chores. The soft comfort surface of the bench dogs absorbs the shock, protecting your hands while you are working on your bench top. The dogs do not get stuck in between tool wells or between veneers. This makes the woodworking bench safe for you to use even in damp and wet conditions.
If you have limited floor space in your small workshop, consider installing a woodworking bench as part of your small workshop improvements. Your wallet will thank you. Your customers will appreciate your creativity, knowing that you took time to create a safer environment for them to work in.