Maple butcher block, stainless steel and laminate tops are three functional choices for the top surface on a garage work bench. The best type of work bench top depends on what the surface is used for and on individual preference.
Maple butcher block is a good choice if the desired look for a garage includes a wood finish, and if the top does not have the potential of damage from heavy equipment. Stainless steel, while possessing a more utilitarian look, holds up extremely well to abuse and is well-suited for active work areas. Laminate comes in a variety of colors and finishes, and is an excellent choice for low-work areas in which a custom look is desired.