So I figured we have plenty of threads about garages in general, but what do you guy's have specifically for your work bench?
Our office was shut down for the week (I had to take vacation), and I always wanted a better work bench to work on my stuff. I really didn't have anything good for the last years.
The work bench in my last house in Germany was some random parts of some kitchen cabinets with an old counter top made out of particle board. Paired with a $35 bench vise which I bought from Harbor Affright. Nothing fancy to say the least, but it got the jobs done.
Now that I'm back in the US and didn't have a work bench in the garage of my current rental place at all, I figured it is time to built one.
I did a lot of research about work bench tops and went all the way from laminating a bench top myself to buying a ready to use work bench.
At the end I ended up with a counter top from IKEA of all places. Solid beech wood, 74"x25 5/8"x1 1/8" (HAMMARP Countertop - 98x1 1/8 " - IKEA
You can't beat the price of $129 on this one.
Since the thickness of 1 1/8" isn't that great for a sturdy work bench I initially had the idea to just get some 2x12" boards from the local home ripoff store and glue/bolt them to the nice IKEA counter top for added stiffness.
Then make some metal legs to bolt to the top and call it good.
So I went to Home Ripoff store and got me the 2x12's and put them in my garage until I had time to start the project.
3 weeks later I took a look at them and they had morphed into the shape of a banana
That's when I changed my plan and decided to just build a steel structure for the counter top.
After lots of planning in my head it was time to start cutting some of the metal I bought. All the metal is 1/4" thick, except for the flanges with threads in them, which are 1/2"
I had already fabricated the legs beforehand. I machined some 2" diameter steel coasters with a M10 threaded rod which screws into a 1/2" thick plate welded to the bottom of the legs for height adjustment and to level the workbench.
The welding all had to be done at my father-in-laws place. I do have my own stick welder, but it is European (240V / 380V) and I just couldn't get enough heat into the weld without blowing a fuse on my transformer or on the power outlet in my garage.
But luckily the in-law has a good welder and he had no issues with me doing some welding at his house. The only pain was me having to haul all my stuff there.
Next was to smooth all the welds and make it pretty
Then test fitting all of it and the dreaded paint job. Two layers of primer, followed by two layers of Rust-Oleum "Metallic Aluminum Enamel Paint".
It was like, ..., well, ..., watching paint dry....