Here at Worktop Express, people use our worktops for kitchen work surfaces, in bathrooms, and even for desks in offices. Did you know though, that our worktops can even be used to create wooden workbenches for workshops? Our worktops are sturdy and thick enough to stand up to the trials of a busy workshop whilst the textured grain and flat surface gives a good amount of grip and stability. In this post, we show you how to use our worktops to create wooden workbenches.
Before you even buy you worktop and other materials, you need to establish the length, width, and height of your workbench.
Length – Length is completely up to you but consider accessibility. Will the length of your worktop impede doorways, windows, or walkways? The longest wooden worktops in our collection are 4m long, but you require more length we are able to create bespoke surfaces in larger sizes.
Width – If your workbench is going to be free standing and not positioned against a wall, there needs to be enough space for you to walk all the way around – we suggest at least 31”, but if it is possible 41” is ideal. Also, consider how far you can reach. You need to be able to easily get at things in the centre of the workbench and for that reason, a workbench that is placed against a wall is often narrower than that which is freestanding.
Height – Your workbench needs to be a comfortable working height. Avoid a low height that forces you to stoop and conversely you also do not want it too high either. As a rough guide, most workbenches are between 33″ and 36″.
Once you have all of these measurements, note them down and calculate the cost and quantity of your materials.
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The most important factor of a wooden workbench is that it is flat and sturdy, and our worktops meet both of these requirements as they have been made by our team of experts. They also need to be hardwearing. According to the Janka hardness test, the hardest wood that we have on sale is wenge, followed closely by Zebrano and sapele. Ash, which is our hardest non-exotic wood, is a more affordable choice.
There are many ways that you can construct your workbench – either by building a frame or using cabinetry. Buying a cabinet with draws, definitely saves you time and gives you the added bonus of storing your nuts, bolts and other workshop miscellany, and although building a frame takes a longer time, it can be a much cheaper method.
Building wooden workbenches has its advantages. For example, you can fit it with accessories. No workbench would be complete without a vice and there are many different types to choose from. The first choice is the type that clamps on to the edge of the worktop – the benefit being that it can be removed and repositioned. Our worktops come in thicknesses of 22mm, 27mm, and 40mm so make sure that the clamp is compatible with these sizes before you buy. The alternative is a permanent clamp which is fixed directly onto the worktop using screws – some people think that this type is more stable but both options are equally sturdy when used correctly.
Have you built your own wooden workbench using one of our solid woodworktops? We would love to hear your thoughts and advice in the comments below. Head on over to our Facebook and Twitter pages to share your pictures.