I'm starting the layout for my new shop, and I've got plenty of room --
basically 26' long x 22' deep. I'm thinking of building an 8' x 3' or
8' x 4' workbench for the center of the room. Is this ridiculously huge?
A quick Google search shows that the widest commercial tops measure 30"
(with the most common length of 6' followed by 8', and some as long as 10').
Is there an ergonomic reason for the 30" rule? My reasoning for such a
large bench is that 1) I can lay a full sheet of plywood down on it, and
2) you can never be too rich, too thin, or have too much flat work surface.
This would be my primary bench, for planing and assembling, and I
strongly suspect it might also accumulate piles of tools, bottles of
glue and the occasional wood scrap.
I plan to put another (slightly higher and much narrower) L-shaped bench
along one wall for finer work.
Any recommendations for height? I'm 6'-4" (and yes, I have "The
Workbench Book," but I figured its worth getting additional input from
the wrecking crew).
You can see the proposed layout of the shop here:
Constructive criticism always welcome.
P.S. I don't actually -own- any of the tools shown in the layout yet,
but I suspect I may acquire them all at some point. The shop is going
down in the basement of a newly-built detached garage in Minneapolis,
with radiant floor heat piped in under ground from our house boiler.
Well, technically speaking, the garage doesn't completely exist yet
either -- it's framed and roofed, but lacks doors, trim and siding. The
foundation was poured into insulating concrete forms. December photos of
the partially-built garage can be found here:
And further down in this batch, you can see some very early photos of
the shop space:
The shop hasn't progressed much since then, as I stopped construction
for the winter once we hit 20 below 0, and now I'm working on the garage
on my own in my spare time. The boss says I need to get her garage done
before I can start on my shop :-)