Selecting the right top for your garage or basement workbench starts by knowing how you want to use it and the type of work you will do. In addition, knowing how you will be using the workbench will help you determine the type of storage that is required. For automotive and related uses, consider a laminate top or stainless steel for ease of maintenance, durability and overall appearance. If you are a do it your self kind of person who likes to do home repairs and refinish furniture? A workbench with a maple butcher-block top, even 16-gauge steel, will provide very low maintenance and have extremely smooth non-sticking surfaces. What you decide should be unique to you and reflect how you will use the workbench.
Your workbench top should be tough, require minimum maintenance, and look good. The workbench should provide an open area for work, and have built-in storage space for all your tools and accessories.
Workbench tops are made standard sizes and available in a number of different materials including 16-gauge steel, laminate, aluminum, stainless steel, and maple butcher block. You have a wide selection of workbench top options and choices such as overall size, shape, color, and design. Each of the options are unique to the individual construction material of the top.
Let us look at some different choices for your garage workbench
1 – Maple Butcher Block
Northern maple butcher block workbench tops are as functional as they are beautiful.
Maple workbench tops lead the crowd as a top choice of homeowners because they look great and are tough enough to withstand years of abuse and still survive. Maple butcher-block tops are made of compressed strips of hard maple glued together in the required size and finished with a smooth nonporous low maintenance acrylic finish that enhances the natural wood color.
Maple butcher-block bench tops are available online and from your local garage remodeling companies. Workbench tops are made in standard sizes or they can be designed and created to your custom size requirements.
2 – Stainless Steel
Stainless steel workbench tops are an excellent solution for anyone who needs a real heavy-duty work surface that is tough, long lasting, nonporous, and is low maintenance. Stainless steel workbench tops cost more then laminate however, they will give you 10 or more years of service and can be used in any home garage workshop.
Stainless steel tops are extremely rugged, made of heavy 16-gauge stainless steel with welded and finished square corners formed over a solid wood core.
3 – Laminate Top
Laminate workbench tops are amazing looking with today’s most luxurious laminates by Formica® and others. The laminate workbench top is Formica laminate on a wood base and is coated with an epoxy glass coating. You can select many different standards and designer looks such as granite or different stones, wood, and colors such as oak, beige, white, black, and you can apply a custom decorative front edge treatment to give it a that finishing touch.
Laminate workbench tops are a low cost and affordable solution that can transform your garage workbench from a messy, dirty looking work area into a space even your wife will truly appreciate.
4 – Gauge Sheet Steel
Sheet steel workbench tops require virtually no maintenance other than a daily wipe down to remove the days spills. Sheet steel workbench tops are made from a 12 gauge piece of sheet steel and sized as a single sheet covering the top work surface of the workbench. The external edges of the steel are corner welded, finished, polished for quality appearance, and safety. The finished sheet steel top is then glued to 1″ plywood core. Gauge sheet steel workbench tops are maintenance free and provide a smooth surface that is coated to prevent rusting.
5 – Custom Designed Workbenches and Tops
You can buy garage workbenches with a great work top ready made online or build one yourself. However, to get a workbench with a custom top or unique drawer setup and storage requirements or to fit into a specific size space in your garage or workshop you might consider the many benefits of consulting with a local expert in garage storage and organization. A local expert in garage storage can assist you in designing a custom workbench with a unique top and incorporate all your individual storage requirements.