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    Depth of workbench?

    I am planning to build a workbench for my garage and I am trying to decide how deep I want to make top. I plan to have some pegboard on the wall behind the bench to hang tools on. Finished table top somewhere between 30" and 34" in height. I am toying with about 30-32" deep table top. What have you built or recommend?
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    I have the room,, so one workbench that I use is 5X5 feet.
    it sets against a wall, and has TWO giant toolboxes placed at the back.

    With the toolboxes on the workbench, I end up with about 3X5 of work area,,,
    having the toolboxes on the workbench, I am not chasing tools,,, EVER!!

    The BIG benefit of this arrangement,, access to the toolboxes requires the workbench be cleared off.
    VERY seldom the workbench has "stuff" left sitting on it.
    If there are cans of WD40 and starting fluid there,, they get knocked over when the toolbox drawers are opened,,,
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    I'd say 24" minimum; but make it whatever depth, height, and length suits your needs, space, and budget.
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    Don't go too deep.
    I made that mistake. You can't put anything near the back as you can't reach the dang stuff!
    Unless you don't have it up against the wall.
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    Quote Originally Posted by blue87fj60 View Post
    Don't go too deep.
    I made that mistake. You can't put anything near the back as you can't reach the dang stuff!
    Unless you don't have it up against the wall.
    The rule I use... need to reach all the way to the back of the bench while sitting on a chair or stool at the bench.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gizmo2 View Post
    The rule I use... need to reach all the way to the back of the bench while sitting on a chair or stool at the bench.
    ^This except the sitting part, I stand mostly at my bench.

    When I built mine, I stood at a wall,reached out to where I felt comfortable. Then I measured from my belt buckle to the wall, that is the depth of my bench.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZachinCO View Post
    ^This except the sitting part, I stand mostly at my bench.

    When I built mine, I stood at a wall,reached out to where I felt comfortable. Then I measured from my belt buckle to the wall, that is the depth of my bench.
    My stomach is too big to use that measurement.
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    Agree with above, your reach should determine the working width of the bench, which is generally around 32-36".
    I say working width as some utilize a portion of the bench for storage, as stated above, for tool boxes or other misc items.
    If that's the case then add in appropriate amount of space for those items.

    Also keep in mind the available space in the shop/garage.

    If a 48" would be ideal, but would no longer allow you to park your tractor/car/utv etc in the garage, then is it really ideal?
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    The top of my bench is 3-8 foot 2X12's. Works great for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gizmo2 View Post
    The rule I use... need to reach all the way to the back of the bench while sitting on a chair or stool at the bench.
    What? 1 foot?
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    This is the measurements of my working space.

    Two stationary workbenches against a wall. One 2' wide X 6'2" long. One 2' wide X 9' long.

    Two rolling work benches. One, 30" wide X 6' long. One, 4' wide X 8' long.
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