Tips on Building Your Own Shed Workbench

Nov 30 08:34 2009 Robert McCormack Print This Article

Now that you have your fabulous new shed built and you have 120 square feet of extra space, you have probably decided that this new shed would make a perfect workshop.  Excellent idea and so what you really need now is a new workshop workbench right? Read on for more information about a shed workbench.

The new wooden storage shed built in the corner of the backyard has just become your new workshop shed and you have 120 square feet of empty space. The little portable workbench that you have been using up to now is no longer big enough. With this new prime working space you can take on bigger projects so a bigger shed workbench is in order. So why not make one yourself?  There are some things that make a really good workbench. Here are some tips that I think might have some benefit.

In the workshop the workbench is the center of operations. The bench must be built strong and be able to withstand the forces applied to it when projects are clamped down on it. The work surface of the bench must be perfectly flat otherwise any assembly work done on the top will reflect any deformities that exist on the work surface.

A good workbench should have the top covered with hardboard that can be removed when it becomes damaged and another can be installed.  (You will always have a nice surface to work on). A vice at one end of the bench is a good idea. A right handed person will want to attach the vice to the left hand side of the bench and vice versa for a left handed person.  Another good tip is to drill holes at intervals on the bench top so that you can insert “dogs” or bench stops. When planing or sawing a work piece it can be wedged against the dogs to hold the piece secure. To keep tools out of the way while working the bench should have a recessed area along one side where the tools are stored while not using them.

To keep the bench square and stable a shelf can be can be built below and adding a drawer for small items is beneficial and also protects against loss. Good heavy duty legs will provide support when hammering or using a mallet.

You will want to hold your work square and secure so it pays to buy a quality vice which is a very important piece of equipment. A good vice can be purchased from any tool store. With a few strips of plywood and some hardwood blocks fastened to one end of the bench,Guest Posting a very good tool holder is created. A square of plywood with a lip that hooks over the front of the bench and a backstop that supports a work piece makes for an excellent bench hook.

A sheet of pegboard and some metal hangers fastened to the wall above the workbench is a good way to store tools and other items. Wooden pegs can be used for hanging hand saws.

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Robert McCormack
Robert McCormack

Robert "Mac" McCormack is a cabinetry and furniture hardware expert and avid woodworker.  Mac particularly enjoys helping others get started in their own home workshop. For complete plans for building a shed workbench visit Fast Easy Shed Plans

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