Workbenches don’t get as much respect as they deserve. Whether it’s in a laboratory or a classroom, the right working surface prevents accidents and provides creativity. A successful project of any type begins with the right workbench. This said, it should be noted that not every workbench is right for every task. A chemist and a clothing designer both need these benches. But were they forced to use the same type of bench, neither party would be very happy. Fortunately for them and the countless others using these benches, there are many different choices. Read on for some guidance on selecting theright work benchesfor different types of work.
As the name implies, an industrial workbench is meant for times when industrious work is going to happen. These are well constructed, sturdy tables that are designed to resist damage. This table is an excellent one to operate equipment on. While tables of this type can be constructed from a variety of materials, many industrial workbenches are metal for easy cleaning and maintenance. Because lab and shop space can be quite limited, many of these benches serve as self contained work areas. Built in drawers, shelves, and outlets are among the features you can find with these models.
Unique demands are placed upon industrial furniture in a laboratory setting. Whether it’s a classroom or a working lab, a laboratory workbench needs to be able to resist more than impact and dirt. Among the challenges that such a bench must resist are:
And while the unexpected can certainly happen in labs, lab furniture is generally exposed to these elements over long periods of time. Purchasers shouldn’t just purchase benches that can easily be cleaned up after accidents. They should be looking for benches that are resistant to long term deterioration, especially the all important bench surface. Epoxy has long been used in surface construction, and more of this type of work bench now has surfaces treated with an epoxy resin combination. Another trend with many work benches of this type is the self contained station, which includes:
Sometimes in purchasing this type of furniture, it can help not to be overly specific. Standard workbenches are fairly basic ones in design, but that’s the beauty of them. There’s nowhere to go but up, once a work area’s needs are determined. Standard work tables are built assuming that they’ll be built upon, so these tables often come with built in slots for adding components like shelves. In their most basic form, these benches prove to be great general work and meeting tables.
When purchasing workbenches, it’s important to remember to be specific in stating your needs. All of those accessories that you see in catalog photos do indeed come separately. While occasionally manufacturers will offer packages that include accessories, buyers should budget for their additional cost. You may not need accessories initially for a bench. But it’s wise to purchase them along with a bench while funds are available. Good workbench accessories to have include:
- reinforced drawers, shelves, and cabinets
- a vice for industrial workbenches
- raised lips to prevent spills and drops
You may search the Internet or walk into a store and find your dream bench. Or you may need a little help from the experts. To help them to help you, be prepared to provide the following information to find the right workbench models:
- desired style (modular, cantilevered frame, height adjustable, etc.)
- desired dimensions
- desired height
- needed construction materials
Finally, remember that the primary use of a workbench is that it is functional for anyone using it. Consider the needs of yourself and coworkers before purchasing one, both in the short and long term. The result will be workplace furniture that’s on the job for years to come.