Woodworking Bench Ideas


A woodworking bench can be one of the central tools used for woodworking projects. Woodworking benches are available in many different styles and heights. You can build one to customize it to your specific craft needs or purchase one already made.

Power Strip for Multiple Tools

Select a woodworking bench that includes a power strip. Many woodworking projects require the use of power tools. The power strip should have 3-pronged outlets to get the most use from it. A power strip enables you to plug in your tools at the woodworking bench, instead of using extension cords or moving your bench near an outlet.

Drawers for Storage

Select a woodworking bench that includes plenty of under-the-table drawers. Place drill bits, wood chisels, jigsaw blades, wood screws, wood glue, hammers and nails in the drawers. Drawers will keep your woodworking bench organized. You save time having all of your smaller items easily accessible from the drawers.

Clamps and Vises

Select a woodworking bench with dog holes for various clamps. Often, woodworking projects require the use of clamps and vises. These come in different sizes, so the dog holes should be of different sizes. Select a woodworking bench that has at least one dog-hole that you will be able to take advantage of for the majority of your projects.

Tool Caddy and Peg Board

Select a woodworking bench with a tool caddy. A tool caddy will hold smaller tools and save space. Tools are easily accessible. Other woodworking benches also offer peg boards. Insert hooks into the pegboard. Hang tools that won't fit into the tool caddy onto the hooks. Tools will be readily accessible, without stopping your woodworking projects to find what you need.

Heavy-Duty Materials

Select a woodworking bench that is made from sturdy materials. If you do a great deal of staining or cutting, a steel tabletop might be more functional than a wood tabletop. Consider the type of projects you primarily make to decide the best material for the tabletop. Select a bench that has sturdy legs. The bench needs to support the weight of tools, supplies and the actual woodworking projects. Wobbly legs will cause mistakes and ruin your projects. Check the woodworking bench and find out the maximum weight recommendations for that specific model. If the items you typically use are less than the maximum weight, you should be fine with your selection.

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