5 tips for choosing a locksmith workbench

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If working with metal is your professional activity or just a hobby, then you cannot do without a workplace. It must be reliable, functional, durable, to withstand sometimes very solid loads, and durable. All these requirements are met by locksmith’s workbenches, special work tables for working with metal. Experienced craftsmen should know well what the workbench should be like. If you are new to this business, then it would be nice to understand the basic issues of choosing a locksmith workbench. We study the main varieties and determine what equipment is needed for the workshop, and what for the garage.

Basic requirements for a locksmith workbench

It is difficult to imagine the work of a metal processing master without a special work table. The workbench makes the work process more productive, comfortable and safe. Before we move on to studying the varieties of locksmith workbenches, it is necessary to touch on the theory a little and remember what workbenches are in general.

In addition to locksmiths, there are also carpentry workbenches. They are intended only for working with wood, therefore they have nothing to do with our topic at all. Interest can be aroused by universal workbenches. They get a solid plywood tabletop with sheet steel sheathing. On such a surface, you can work with both metal and some wooden parts. Often, a universal workbench means a folding structure, which owners of small garages are very fond of.

To put it simply, a workbench is a work table made in accordance with a number of requirements. The locksmith’s workbench should be:

  • durable and reliable to withstand the stress that your business requires;

  • functional and ergonomic. The workplace should correspond to the growth of the master and, if necessary, be equipped with storage places;

  • sustainable. Quite serious work is carried out on the workbench, often it is about heavy loads, and a high degree of accuracy is required. That is why the workplace must be stationary;

  • durable. A high-quality locksmith workbench will last at least a couple of decades.

To meet all of the above requirements, workbenches have a specific design. The frame is made of durable thick metal, complemented by a powerful table top. The best option is an MDF board with a thickness of up to 30 mm, coated with thick galvanized steel. Such a structure will withstand high loads, and even hammer blows, will transfer welding. Moreover, a galvanized tabletop tolerates contact with gasoline, oil, solvents and many other aggressive substances, it is easy to clean, it is easy enough to clean from dirt. For additional protection, it is covered with a layer of powder paint.

Some workbenches have bumpers on three sides to keep small items from falling off the surface. A perforated screen may also be available, which serves to secure a mass of necessary tools, for example, screwdrivers, scissors, saws, hammers and other little things that should be literally at hand during work. The rest of the tools and documentation can be stored under the table top, in specially designed bedside tables, drawers, pull-out shelves. The design of this lower part of the workbench can be very different – the choice is based on your own requirements and the specifics of the tools that need to be stored. As a rule, storage sections are made strong enough – they can hold up to 35 kg. If it is necessary to store documentation, please note that one of the sections is locked with a padlock.

If dimensions and configuration are a matter of personal preference, the quality of the workbench is a common requirement of all craftsmen.

Workbenches from the manufacturer in St. Petersburg

When choosing, pay attention to the products of the company “Region-Petersburg”, which is engaged in the production and sale of locksmith machines, and the range of products can be found on the page https://region-peterburg.ru/verstaki/… The manufacturer uses wear-resistant alloys, performs anti-corrosion treatment of parts and takes into account all labor safety standards. The company offers workbenches of various sizes, with and without storage places, there are reinforced structures, if necessary, it is possible to make a workbench to order, there is delivery in Russia.

What types of work is the workbench designed for?

The functionality of the workbench depends on its equipment. For industries and workshops, devices are often needed that allow you to cope with a wide range of tasks, and in the garage you can get by with a workbench designed only for specific functions.

Here are the main functions the workbench is designed for:

  • markup;
  • bending and cutting;
  • drilling;
  • threading;
  • engraving;
  • dissection;
  • riveting;
  • polishing, lapping and finishing.

Naturally, in order to efficiently perform this or that operation, in addition to layout, you will also need a specific tool. A workbench is just a solid work surface and a way to organize the storage of multiple tools.

The set of locksmith tools will depend on the tasks performed by the master, but in 99.9% of cases the workplace is not complete without a locksmith’s vice. This tool is mounted on the table top of the workbench and is designed to fix various workpieces and parts so that you can work with them comfortably. Vices are made from steel or cast iron, plates are usually made from steel. In the work of a locksmith, different types of vices are used, but parallel vices are still the most popular.

Locksmith bench size

Depending on the size and number of jobs, locksmith’s workbenches are:

  • single, 70-80 cm wide and 1.2-1.5 m long. Well suited for a garage and small production, they are used even in many large workshops, as they allow you to organize completely isolated workplaces so that the work process of one master does not affect the activity of another;

  • multi-seater, up to 80 cm wide and up to 3.5 m long. It is convenient to install in large workshops for a more thought-out organization of space. The downside is that if the masters do different kinds of work, they can greatly interfere with each other. For example, if one master is sawing something behind his part of the workbench, then this may affect another master, who at that moment is carrying out work on the marking. Therefore, even in large industries, the idea of ​​multi-seat machines is often abandoned.

    Locksmith's workbench single (left) and multi-seat (right)

    Locksmith’s workbench single (left) and multi-seat (right)

When choosing a locksmith’s workbench, it is important to consider its height. There is no optimal height – it all depends on the height of the master. A workbench will be correct if the master, putting his elbow on parallel longings, rests his fingers on his chin with his fingers. If we are talking about a chair vise, then the hand should rest on the chin when the fingers are closed in a fist. The height of workbenches ranges from 92 to 112 cm. If you take a workbench to your garage and you know that only you or someone of the same height will be working on it, then you can safely stop at a product with an unregulated height.

When it comes to the production workshop, i.e. it is assumed that there may be different craftsmen behind one workplace, it makes sense to pay attention to workbenches with adjustable height. The special design of the legs allows you to adjust the height of the table top within 5-25 cm. This is more convenient than organizing the flooring near the workbench, so that the shorter craftsman is comfortable behind the workbench.

Keep in mind that there are one-person mobile workbenches that allow you to organize a mobile workspace, and in some cases this is an invaluable opportunity.

Configuration and storage space

A locksmith should have a lot of tools at hand, therefore workbenches are equipped with storage places. By the type of configuration and location of storage places, locksmith’s workbenches can be divided into:

  • bestumbovye. There is no storage space under the countertop, the maximum is an open shelf. Such workbenches take up a minimum of space and are suitable for garages;

  • one-pedestal. The storage area is located only on one side under the table. This can be a large drawer with a swinging door, several drawers of the same or different sizes, or a cabinet with a drawer. The remaining space under the table is either empty or used to organize an open shelf. Single-table workbenches are great for spaces that are tight in space. They allow you to store a sufficient amount of tools, but at the same time remain compact;

  • a double-sided workbench assumes the placement of storage places on both sides under the worktop. The layout can be different. Drawers and drawers are most often used, drawers of the carousel type are less common;

  • the three-bollard workbench is comparable in size to the two-bollard workbench, but instead of free space, there is another part for storing things. If there are a lot of tools, and it is important that it always remains literally at hand, then pay attention to such models.

Drawers can be equipped with trays for convenient storage of hardware. Instead of special trays, you can use good old banks that have long settled in all garages in the country and do an excellent job of sorting and storing small fasteners.

It is important to pay attention to the design of the drawers. They should be fully extended to allow access to the most distant corners. In addition, the rails must be strong enough to support the possible weight of the tool.

Additional storage space can be organized with a perforated screen. It is enough to simply hang shelves, holders, hooks and other tools for storing the tool on it. A lamp can also be attached to the screen. All screwdrivers, pliers, keys and other little things will be before your eyes. If necessary, the shelves are easy to outweigh and modify the storage system.

How to choose a garage locksmith workbench?

Here, first of all, it is necessary to take into account the size of the room and the tasks assigned to the workbench. If there is not so much free space, then a compact single stand-alone or one-stand workbench will do. The stand-alone one takes up very little space, and provided that all tools are stored on shelves or racks, this option will be ideal for a small garage. Of course, it is worth measuring in advance all the parameters of the free space intended for the workbench, and based on this, make a choice.

When organizing a workplace in the garage, do not forget to think over the lighting system. Locksmithing requires precision, which is impossible to achieve in the twilight. Together with general lighting, it is appropriate to use spot lighting. The lamp can be hung on the wall or fixed to the same perforated screen. If you plan to work with aerosolized chemicals, then you need to take care of a good exhaust system.

If the garage is very small, then you can consider the option with a folding tabletop. With a depth of 60 cm and a length of 80 cm, such a workbench can withstand a load of 200 kg, and reinforced structures with a length of 140 cm can withstand 300 kg – this should be more than enough for a home craftsman.

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