Inside: 10 accessories every garage workbench needs to maximize function.
A garage workbench is a staple in any garage! It functions as a space to work on your projects, as an outfeed table for a table saw and to store tools. If you are in need of a workbench then check out my DIY Garage Workbench. If you are still in the research phase, then see my post on The 10 Best Garage Workbench Builds.
So…you have a garage workbench so now what? It’s time to primp it with all the bells and whistles and maximize that baby’s function. Here are 10 accessories for your garage workbench with one bonus!
A heavy-duty magnetic strip is an efficient way to keep hardware from scattering while working on projects as well as keeping commonly used tools nearby for quick access. Attach a strip along one of the legs or along the top frame of your workbench.
A cord here a cord there, everywhere a cord cord. Cords and extension cords plugged into wall outlets get in the way of workflow, not to mention the constant unplugging of one power tool to plug in another. Attach a power strip to your workbench so several power tools can be plugged in at once and cut down on cords strewn about.
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CLAMP TRACK KIT
The Kreg Clamp Track Kit runs along the edge of your workbench and allows clamps (must be specific Kreg brand clamps) to secure in the track to hold your project in place. The tracks can either be flush or surface mounted.
Need an extra pair of strong steady hands? Attach a bench vice to the top or the edge of a workbench and your wish is granted. Use the strong jaws to hold your object in place and get to work on your project.
Make your workbench mobile and convenient for use anywhere in your garage by adding heavy-duty wheels. I added these swivel casters to my DIY garage workbench and I can easily move it around to work as an outfeed platform for my table saw. Each caster holds 350 lbs and has breaks that lock your workbench in place.
Bench cookies are hockey puck looking objects with grips on either side. They function to prop up your projects and hold them in place while sanding, painting, nailing, etc. There are additional kits you can buy to prop the cookies up higher and attach them in a t-track.
Hooks are convenient for hanging tools, cords or other items. These can help keep your workspace clean while also keeping items handy and easily accessible.
SILICONE PROJECT MAT
Protect the top of your precious workbench with a project mat. A mat keeps tools from rolling away, while also adding protection from paint, glue and debris from collecting on your workbench top. Use this mat to keep your workspace clean and it conveniently rolls up when not in use.
Brighten up your workbench space with a clamp lamp. A light will help you see the projects your working on better, especially tedious projects, and cut down on eye strain. The clamp attaches to your workbench and allows you to move it all around your workbench where needed.
ADHESIVE MEASURING TAPE
Having adhesive measuring tape fixed to your workbench is a quick and convenient way to check measurements. Save time and hassle searching for your measuring tape that you just left under the toilet when you were measuring for baseboards…back to the bathroom again. Apply the steel measuring tape to the edge around the top frame so it sits vertical or lay it flat on the edge of the top. The measuring tape is available to read left to right or right to left.
I had to throw this last one in as a bonus. Although it won’t maximize the function of your workbench it will maximize your enjoyment!
Last but not least, no workbench would be complete without a bottle opener. After a tough day working on projects celebrate with your favorite cold beverage of choice for all the hard work you put in. Please do not consume alcohol while using power tools.
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