Whatever your trade or hobby, from carpenters to DIY enthusiasts, your workbench is at the heart of what you do and should, therefore, be taken good care of. Tidying up your workbench can do wonders for your productivity levels and you might even see some improvements in your end product. Without further ado, here are our top DIY workbench hacks to get you started.
DIY workbench hacks
To get the most out of your workbench, you’ll need to get creative. Here are a few, simply do-it-yourself tricks you can try out to really get the most from your workbench.
Build your own drawers
If your workbench has ample space underneath it, why not build a few wooden draws to slot in nicely? This will give you more room to store your prized possessions – or perhaps just provide a place to tidy away bits and bobs you would otherwise leave lying around.
Moveable mounting boards
If you frequently use mounting boards when cutting wood, create a place to store them on the side of your workbench. With a small, screw-sized hole and, of course, a few strong screws, you’ll be able to hang them out of the way to create more space for other activities such as sketching and repairing.
Workbench on wheels
Whether your workbench is at work or stored safely away in your garage, putting your workbench on wheels is a simple trick that can save you lots of time and effort. A rolling workbench is certainly convenient and will help you to move things around much more easily. You could even move it out into the garden on a summer’s day or transport it around your place of work with ease.
Extend the legs
If you fancy a real challenge, why not create extendable legs for your workbench? There’s certainly no ‘one size fits all’ approach when it comes to a workbench – and extendable legs could be the answer. You can purchase adjustable table legs outright or have a go at making your own. You’ll need some more wood and any materials to build your own crank mechanism. There are plenty of resources out there to help you with this, such as this handy, step-by-step video.
Workbench storage ideas
Metal strips for tidy storage
If you use lots of metal tools when at your workbench, you’ll definitely want to invest in some metal adhesive strips. Any tools you have will neatly sit on the strips keeping them out of harm’s way. You could even create your own, DIY metal strips using some double-sided table and sheets of metal.
To help give you the best workbench experience, we have plenty more content surrounding the world of DIY. Take a look at the following articles if you’d like to learn more:
- 5 DIY Wood Projects for Beginners
- How to Clean (and Organise) your Toolbox
- Power Tool Repair: A Step-by-Step Guide to Fixing your Power Tools
- 10 Tips on Toolbox Organisation
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