No matter what type of workshop is being built, the first thing one has to do is find a perfect workbench. In every workshop and every industry, high-end results can only be achieved in a professional and well-organized work environment. In the woodworking workshop, a workbench is a place where quick preparations and reparations are done, ideas are tested, and products are quickly assembled or taken apart. For manual mass-production, workbenches represent the ideal work environment, be it for varnishing small pieces or for assembling complex compositions. Finally, workbenches have also found their position in the teaching workshops, being the place where every workman and craftsman learns the basics essential for his career.
Workshop benches are made out of various different materials such as wood, stone, metal, and composites, depending on the line of work and their intended use. Here, the focus is on two major types used among woodworkers: wood and metal work benches. A workbench made out of wood is usually more affordable and easier to mount than the metal one. Since wood is a flammable material, this type of work bench is best suited for professionals who do not work around high temperatures and is not a good choice for burning or grinding of metal.
Regardless of whether they are made out of wood or metal, all workbenches need a robust and stable build. Most work benches are rectangular in shape. The top panel, usually more than 4 inches thick, and solid table legs ensure long-term stability. This enables one to be fully concentrated and work peacefully at a workbench, without having to worry about its stability. Both wood and metal industrial workbenches contain a vice; with wood work benches it is often integrated into the bench, while with metal work benches the vice is usually made out of cast steel and mounted on the bench.
Workbenches are considered to be universally usable, but although they may be used in general woodworking, they may also be specialized for carving, joinery, patternmaking, cabinetmaking, stair-building, trim work or carpentry. In any case, they are easy to clean and repair. Workshop benches usually do not have many components and those are usually easily replaceable. With regular cleaning and occasional lubrication of the vice, a workbench will last longer, but other than that it does not need much care. But most importantly, if properly maintained, even a long-used workbench will provide a stable and safe workplace.
Workbenches are stationary tools that are heavily used in every workshop. It is common to find used workbenches for sale and if there are no visible damages and the bench is stable, there are no reasons to avoid buying even a visibly very heavily used workbench. After refurbishing and varnishing, these second-hand workbenches could look as good as the new ones, just being much more affordable. After buying a used workbench, the reparations can be done quickly using different reparatory tools such as varnish, brushes, and a belt sander. Some of the most established manufacturers of branded industrial workbenches are ANDREAS KARL, KAISER KRAFT, GARANT, DICK, and KÜPP. Used industrial workbenches by the most renowned manufacturers can often be found in numerous auctions here at Surplex.