If you are looking to purchase a fine woodworking workbench, then you have come to the right place. Today, woodworking has become an extremely popular hobby. Although woodworking can be a lot of fun, woodworking can also be quite a headache as well if you don’t approach woodworking with the right knowledge and skills. Before you go out and purchase a woodworking bench, however, it’s important that you understand the three most common mistakes people make when purchasing woodworking workbenches.
The first mistake that most people make when they purchase woodworking hardware is purchasing a piece that is too big for their space. When you are working in your woodworking workbench, you should ensure that it fits comfortably within your workspace. Nothing is worse than being unable to use your wood workbench, as it can cause you to lose the use of it altogether. This is why I always recommend that you measure the space that you will be working in, before you begin shopping for woodworking hardware.
The second mistake that many people make when they purchase woodworking hardware is purchasing one that is not suited for their wood workbench. When woodworking, it’s very easy to make a costly mistake. Many woodworkers are often tricked into purchasing wood workbenches that are far too small or too big for their workshop. I’ve seen many woodworkers waste thousands of dollars because they have purchased the wrong wood workbench for their workshop.
The third mistake that many woodworkers make when they purchase woodworking hardware is thinking that the wood workbench that they want is easily accessible. It’s easy to assume that all woodworking hardware is available in your local hardware store. However, this is rarely the case. As woodworkers continue to grow in their knowledge, woodworking projects can require finding specialty pieces of woodworking hardware. Believe me, if you spend hours searching for the perfect saw blade, you’re going to end up spending loads of money!
The fourth mistake that I see a lot of woodworkers make is thinking that they can cut their woodworking workbench in any way that they like. This is NOT the case. Woodworking benches are made in a variety of different cuts, and if you want to cut your woodworking bench in a specific shape, you need to get the right woodworking bench for the job.
The fifth biggest mistake that I see woodworkers make is looking at the lower cost woodworking hardware as an alternative to better quality woodworking tools. This simply is not true. Let’s take maple for example. Maple is a wonderful wood for woodworking work benches, but it’s nowhere near as affordable as mahogany, pine, cherry or other woods for woodworking hardware. The two woods that I prefer to use in my projects are oak and mahogany, because they have a gorgeous natural color that goes very well with my general woodworking style. By using a cheaper wood like maple in my bench projects, I’m usually spending a lot more money than I need to.
Last, I’ve seen a lot of woodworking workbenches come in unfinished form. Why? Because a piece of unfinished wood still needs to be sanded and finished in order to work as a woodworking workbench. Sanding and finishing a woodworking workbench in this way saves me a lot of time, but sometimes I can’t help myself and need to buy a new one.
Now that you know what not to do when purchasing a woodworking workbench, you should know what to do. If you have the budget, then by all means get the best woodworking hardware possible. However, if you’re like most people, the only money you have is at the end of the day. This doesn’t mean you can’t get quality woodworking workbenches at reasonable prices. All it takes is some research and a little common sense.