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Work Bench??

I'm renovating the garage and need a work bench. 30" x 72".

I've been looking at grainger.com and they have a few good choices. I'm partial to the laminated hardwood top 1 3/4"

Anyone have one of these?

Any other recommendations?

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I saw one similar, perhaps a bit more narrow, at Sam's Club. Nice maple top, I think about $150.

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I saw sears is selling some stainless steel worksurfaces in 6' or 8' sizes.
you could just make a wooden table and mount it to that . it would be fairly cheap to do, or have a steel table base welded up and lay the worksurface on top of it.

the 8' surface is $250, the 6' surface is ~$215 (i think).

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I got a maple workbench from Costco, probably like the Sams one mentioned above. Love it, but it doesnt have any drawers. Also have a woodworking bench for like $200 from Harbor Freight with drawers and all, use it even more. It is shorter, I actually store it under the costco bench and pull it out for when I need more space or the clamps.
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Go to your local "big box" hardware store (or some other place that sells/installs counter tops)- They normally have sections of counter top left over from install jobs- I picked up mine at Lowes for next to nothing- It's laminate, it has a back-splash, and it's white, which makes a great work surface-

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A metal work surface would send shivers through me. I have to use wooden spoons when I cook. Metal scraping metal is like fingernails on a black board.

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wood is good

That's why I'm partial to the wood top. The laminated maple should hold up very well. I have MDF tops on my wood shop benches and they are ok but I don't think they will hold up to the abuse seen with metal parts.

I'm transforming my garage from "normal" to a well appointed service/show place. The photos from this forum have inspired me to go for the gold...I'm picking up pieces here and there to complete the renovation. A good functional bench is next on the list.

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A solid wood door, some lumber and a couple hours of your time you can have a heavy duty work bench that'll last you longer than your car!
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A solid wood door, some lumber and a couple hours of your time you can have a heavy duty work bench that'll last you longer than your car!
I made the top of mine from 2"x10"s on a 2"x4" frame. The 2"x10" top is plenty solid for mounting a vise. Its dimemsions are roughly 103"x37". A wide top with a couple of inches of overhang for clamping is nice for plenty of workspace. Made shelves, cupboard doors, and pull out drawers with dividers and slide trays for small tools. Used 1/4" masonite for the top and edges. I figured if the top ever became too beat up, it would be easy to remove/replace.

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A solid wood door, some lumber and a couple hours of your time you can have a heavy duty work bench that'll last you longer than your car!
I made the top of mine from 2"x10"s on a 2"x4" frame. The 2"x10" top is plenty solid for mounting a vise. Its dimemsions are roughly 103"x37". A wide top with a couple of inches of overhang for clamping is nice for plenty of workspace. Made shelves, cupboard doors, and pull out drawers with dividers and slide trays for small tools. Used 1/4" masonite for the top and edges. I figured if the top ever became too beat up, it would be easy to remove/replace.

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Go to your local "big box" hardware store (or some other place that sells/installs counter tops)- They normally have sections of counter top left over from install jobs- I picked up mine at Lowes for next to nothing- It's laminate, it has a back-splash, and it's white, which makes a great work surface-
I'll second the "Formica" counter top. Especially if you can get the kind that doesn't have the curved "lip" on the outside edge. They are hard, easy to clean (nothing sticks to them), have the back-splash so tools/parts don't fall into the crack between the workbench and the wall, and they are cheap.

I usually make mine by laying a piece of 1/2 to 3/4 inch plywood on my frame. Then I use plenty of wood screws from the bottom into the underside of the counter top - that way there are no holes in the counter at all.




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I'm a Formica top guy in my garage. Easy to clean, no big deal if a 20,000 rpm router bit touches it or a circular saw blade nicks it. And you can find soon-to-be discarded Formica tops on your local Craig's List all day long. You can even get old cabinets for free if you're willing to tear tham out of someone's house when they're renovating.

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Me and my brother built a bench out of a damaged butcher block from ikea. It was on clearance for $20. It just had a couple of deep scratches on one side so it worked perfectly. We used 2x4s for the legs, structure etc. That thing is solid!

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