How to Design a Home Workbench


How do you know when it is time to design a home work bench? When there are recurring events that cause you to use a countertop or coffee table for something other than its intended use. There are many different types of work tables so the pool from which to draw information to design your own home work table is vast.

Things You'll Need

  • Sketch pad Graph paper
  • Make a list explaining the need for a home work bench. Prioritize them from most important to least important, and if it differs, from most common to least common use. For example, the need arises for a home work bench when taking on remodeling projects around the house, but remodeling is not as frequent as potting flowers or building a model car.

  • Establish an average size that may serve all of the reasons on your list for designing a home work bench. This would include the height, width and depth.

  • Determine the type of wood you desire to use, especially for the top. Some plywood and solid lumber have raised grain, which makes the surface unsmooth (as opposed to rough). It is beautiful when finished, but you wouldn't want to use it as a drawing table. For variations in wood used for a home work bench, see "Work Bench Designs Resource for Woodworkers" in the Reference section below.

  • Weigh all the options at your disposal as you design your home work bench. Read magazines or take a trip to the local retail lumber store and even search the Internet for pictures and articles about the various uses for a home work bench. See "Work Bench Designs" in the Reference section of this article to compare different uses for a home work bench.

  • Ask pertinent questions like: Does it need to be mobile? Can it be decorative when not in use? Will it need a power strip or surge protector installed on it for multiple tool use? These are some questions that can play an important role in the design. Finally, always begin on paper when designing a home work bench, it is easier to erase than it is to discover a mistake while building the bench.

Tips & Warnings

  • Doodle on a sketch pad as you endeavor to create the design. Sketch your preliminary drawings on graph paper for scalable reference.
  • Do not rush into designing a home work bench. Never assume information on the Internet is correct. Always confirm your findings from other sources.

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