5 Workbench Building Mistakes To Avoid

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Don’t waste valuable time or money on a woodworking workbench by avoiding these 5 mistakes!

Flat and Level:

Your floor surface may not be level and you will need to make sure you make adjustments on your workbench depending on your flooring surface. This will matter for using any drawers and assembling items on the table surface.

Workbench Height:

This will depend on your height but also on the height of your table saw if you plan on using this as an outfeed table. This will need to be either the same height or slightly lower. The perfect height doesn’t exist; it will depend on your preference and the project you are working on. The average height is 34-36 inches.

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Building Too Small:

This will depend on your workspace but 3′ X 5′ or 4′ X 8′ dimensions for your workbench would be a good size to aim for.

Workbench Cost:

Don’t underestimate the cost of your workbench. If you are just making projects as a hobby then don’t break the bank on building your workbench. If you are planning on making and selling projects as a business then the extra investment in your workbench will pay off over time with the extra speed and efficiency you will gain from more features.

Workbench Finish:

Make sure you are familiar with the finish you apply to your workbench. You won’t want a finish that leaves a sticky feel that sawdust will get stuck in or look you are not happy with. A popular finish for your workbench would be a clear polyurethane or Odie’s Oil.

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Bonus Tips:

Storage: You will stay more organized by having more drawers than shelves.

Make sure your joints are square: This could affect your workbench in the next phases of the build.

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