Three Things to Consider Before Buying a Home Workbench

Having a reliable, solid place to complete projects is a must for any DIY handyman.

The surest way to increase functionality in any home shop is to add a quality workbench. For those who don’t have the time to construct a DIY work surface or who just want something basic to get started, there are plenty of affordable pre-fab solutions that take the hassle out of workspace organization and allow you to spend more time working on actual projects rather than building out the space itself. Here are three types of commercial workbenches that will immediately put you on the path to productivity

Durable Construction

You can permanently install this model for more stability. Seville Classics

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A stationary workbench is the most basic type of shop upgrade. You’ll want legs with adjustable steel feet to compensate for uneven floor surfaces, and at least an inch of table overhang for easy clamping. The most important trait is stability, but beyond that a few other features to look for include a solid-wood surface, integrated power sources or lighting, a pegboard back for hanging tools and fasteners, and storage cabinets or drawers.

Foldable and Lightweight

Collapsible benches are ideal if you need a surface at different locations around your home. WORX

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If you are looking for a workbench suitable to a small apartment, studio, or garage, a collapsible workbench may be the ideal solution. These function much like a sawhorse and can be used individually or in tandem, but even a single unit will add a ton of versatility. The best collapsible benches include multiple ways to clamp workpieces and feature a modular design for adding components or additional units. Above all, it should be rock solid yet still light and compact enough for easy storage.

Strong Foundation

This model is built upon a sturdy steel frame. Fedmax

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Anyone with heavy power tools knows the value of mobile bases for rearranging a workspace according to the task at hand. In limited floor plans, there’s no reason the workbench shouldn’t be mobile as well. This allows you to move components throughout the shop to accommodate the workflow of each new project. On any mobile bench, look for locking casters to keep the surface from shifting while in use, and try to find a bench with a table height that is the same or slightly lower than the major power tools you may own, such as a table saw or chop saw, which can use the bench as an outfeed surface.

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This model weighs less than 30 pounds.

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The lumber is not included with this model.

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