Things to Consider Before Building Your Own Woodworking Bench
Maybe you just picked up woodworking as a new hobby to keep you busy, or you are getting into woodworking to make a little extra money on the side, or perhaps you are looking into doing it full-time, there are many things to consider when it comes to a woodworking bench.
The first thing you need to know is what exactly a woodworking bench is and then you need to figure out whether or not you need one, and if you want to build your own or buy one.
What Exactly Is a Woodworking Bench and Why Do You Need One?
Although the name is pretty self-explanatory, many people are not sure exactly what this is or why they would need one. If you find yourself in this boat, do not worry! We will tell you everything you need to know about this bench and then you can decide if you need one, and we are pretty sure you will if you are into woodworking.
This workbench is basically a table that is designed specifically for woodworkers to hold their work pieces on while using other tools on them. There are countless types and styles to choose from; regardless of if you are buying them in the store or building your own. You definitely need one of these if you are going to be building and creating things from wood. The next question you need to answer is whether you should make your own or buy one that is already created?
You have to consider the cost
This all depends on your individual budget and what you can personally afford. If you are looking for a cheap fix by building your own, you may be in for a surprise. The cost of the material that you will have to buy in order to make a sturdy bench is pretty high. You can expect to spend anywhere from $4 to $10 on a board foot. That is quite a range! If you are new to this, we are going to suggest that you save your time and go ahead and invest in an already-made working bench.
Chances are, if you are a newbie, you will make some mistakes with the bench at first. Even people who have been woodworking for a while still claim to have issues creating the perfect workbench. That being said, to start off, invest in a quality bench made by an expert. Also, keep in mind that you will still have to spend at least $1,000 for a high-quality bench that will meet your working needs.
Does Customization Matter to You?
If customizing the bench to your individual taste and desires is something that is important to you, you may be better off trying to build your own bench. Obviously if you are buying a pre-made one, your options will be somewhat limited in this area.
This is where you just have to make a priority list and figure out what matters the most to you regarding your workbench.