One of the most important pieces of furniture in most households is the home work bench. It may look like a table, but it’s not just an ordinary table: it is a special kind of table. A home work bench must be made of a tough material. Also, it must have provisions for easy storage of work tools.
Thomas Alva Edison was perhaps one of the greatest inventors that ever lived. One thing that makes him stand out from good inventors is his superhuman productivity. Edison has 1,093 patents in his name in the United States alone. What’s more, he also patented many inventions in the United Kingdom, France and Germany. Some of Edison’s best inventions are the phonograph, kinetoscope (the precursor of the movie camera), and the incandescent electric bulb. Yet Edison would not have made any of his great inventions without the help of one seemingly ordinary item: the home workbench.
A bench is basically a table where work is performed. But it is not just an ordinary table. For one thing it has to be pretty solid and tough. How else can you effectively perform your work if you will do it on a feeble table? Sturdiness is perhaps the main attribute of a good bench. Other common qualities of a home work bench are:
-Furnishing for easy access and storage of tools
-An implement to stabilize a work-piece to the surface and make it workable with both hands
-Appropriate height for comfortable working.
Although almost all benches are rectangular in shape, there are still many kinds of home workbenches. A work bench may just have a simple and flat surface. Sometimes, though, the surface of the work bench may have a very intricate design. The size of a bench also varies. There are petite home work benches and large benches.
Indeed, a home work bench’s size and design is primarily dependent on the type of work that will be done on it.
Here are the common tasks that may be performed with a work bench at home: wood working, metal working, gardening, electronics repair, art and sculpture work, jewelry work, watch repair, laboratory work, and pipe fitting.
Home work benches used for wood works and other heavy-duty tasks may have a more sturdy and large built compared to those used for light tasks, such as jewelry and watch repair jobs. Work benches that are employed in work that demands many implements may have more provisions for easy mounting, storage, and access of tools.
Perhaps you have come across numerous home improvement programs in DIY Network and noticed that almost all benches shown are made of wood. Indeed, wood is perhaps the common material that is used to build home work benches. Most wood home work benches are made from oak or maple wood. Sometimes, one or more types of wood are used to make a home work bench. For instance, the surface may be made of oak and the base is pinewood or other hardwood.
Wood is the preferred material because of its sturdiness. However, there are also other materials that are used to build most work benches. Steel, for instance, is also a popular material for benches because of its toughness. Aluminum is also a popular material for benches. Because of its light yet durable nature, aluminum is used to build portable folding work benches.
When looking for a home work bench, you should really consider what work is going to be performed on it. For heavy work, a large bench made of wood is recommended. If you are going to do a light job, then you only need to get a small portable work bench.