Are woodworking workbenches quiet? This is one of the questions that I get asked quite frequently by my friends. You see, I like to think of a woodworking bench as another tool that works in conjunction with a regular table or desk. A workbench should be used to operate tools in a safe and efficient manner without disturbing anyone else in the home.
Yes, woodworking workbenches can be noisy. However, this noise is usually not heard over the other sounds in the home. This is not to say, however, that the wood workbench is not an important piece of furniture in the home. Let’s talk about why wood workbenches are quiet and the benefits of owning one.
The main reason that wood is chosen for making a table or desk is that it is very dense. Wood has the ability to be extremely heavy, yet it is very flexible. This means that when wood is heated up to make furniture items, it takes up the same amount of space in the furnace or wood stove that it does in the finished product. This results in less wasted energy and also means that the end product will be more sturdy and last longer than other materials.
If you have ever had the pleasure of sitting in front of an oven, you know what I am talking about. It can be extremely noisy. However, because wood is much more dense, the wood does not crack as easily as other types of wood. Because of this, woodworking workbenches do not produce as much noise. Of course, the quality of the wood will vary depending upon how well the wood is prepared and finished.
Another reason why woodworking workbenches are quieter than other furniture is that they are not constructed with parts that are constantly being moved. Parts such as wheels and casters are typically placed on rollers and this constant movement causes the rollers to rub on the edges of the worktop. The rubbing causes loud sounds to be produced. Although there are some cases where the woodwork bench may move slightly to the right or left as the rollers pass over it, most of the time the noise will remain the same. If your workbench were made of wood, however, each time you would move the wheels, the noise would change dramatically and be much louder.
Another thing that makes woodworking workbenches quiet is that they are not glued to the worktop. Although some woodworking project boxes and worktops may include glue, it is not required in order to have a quality woodworking workbench. glue can be used if needed but usually it is found in cheaper woodworking workbenches. Glue is also used when attaching shelves, drawers and other woodworking items to woodwork tops. Wood glue tends to be much weaker than regular glue and can easily be broken when exposed to moisture.
Last, but not least, woodworking workbenches are made in such a way that no one sitting at them can easily hear the clack or crackling. Noise is made by the saw, the hands on the woodworking tools and any other moving part. If you have ever been sitting at a table next to a noisy machine, you know how distracting it can be. While no one can actually hear the noise that is created, many find that the noise irritates them enough to be less comfortable when they are working.
If you are looking for a woodworking workbench that has all of the above characteristics, you will want to look for a contractor who builds his woodworking workbenches in the same workshop he builds all of his woodworking tools. This ensures that the quality of wood is of the highest possible standards. You should also ask friends or family members for referrals if they have had experience with any type of woodworking workbenches. The worst mistake that you can make is to settle on a woodworking workbench after having no experience. This could end up costing you a lot more money in the end, so make sure you do your research.