Best workbenches according to redditors

We found 163 Reddit comments discussing the best workbenches. We ranked the 51 resulting products by number of redditors who mentioned them. Here are the top 20.

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u/HoberShort · 11 pointsr/guns

Okay, as a 9mm reloader living in an apartment, here's my take.

First off, for everyone saying it won't save you much money: this is flat fucking wrong if you can get brass for free. I do this at the local outdoor range where people just leave their brass, especially after IDPA matches. The membership there is $100/year, so I guess that's my brass cost, but I was a member there before I started reloading and it was worth it.

Buying components in bulk, my ammo costs for 9mm with the particular kind of bullet I like (124gr flat point), powder I like (Clays), and whatever primers were cheap (Winchester in this case), is 11.3c/round. Even buying remanufactured Ultramax or Freedom or whatever you can't touch that price.

For apartment reloading, I use a Lee Classic Turret bolted to a 2x10 that I c-clamp to a tactical TV tray. When it's not set up, the press just sits on a shelf in my closet and it takes a single minute to pull out the "workbench", set it up, clamp the press to it and get cracking. And after loading a thousand or two rounds on it, I can crank out 100 rounds in an hour or so once I get up and going, so it's plenty fast. It's all the one-round-at-a-time focus of a single stage, with the speed and mechanical efficiency of a progressive. I love it.

I bought most of my gear secondhand, so I only have about $300 invested, but it'd probably be more like $400 new for the press, dies, powder measure (as a part of the press), bullet puller, calipers, and tumbler.

As for good load, I'm currently running a 124 grain whatever (currently roundnose, but I'm switching back to flatpoints after this thousand because they punch cleaner holes for competition) over 3.1grains of Clays. It's a pretty sweet round (less snappy than the Titegroup loads I was using) and the Clays powder is loose enough that it'd obviously overflow the case if I tried to doublecharge. I haven't chrono'ed it yet, but it's definitely accurate and feels like it should make 125 powerfactor for IDPA.

I can't believe it took me so long to start reloading, and the earlier you do it the more money you'll save in the long run. You can do it, I promise. PM me if you have any other questions; I'll be glad to help.

u/HopelessSemantic · 10 pointsr/interestingasfuck

If you buy two of these you can make them bigger, within reason, then push them together.

u/Ballincolon · 9 pointsr/3Dprinting

2x4basics 90164 Custom Work Bench and Shelving Storage System, Black

u/rekstout · 6 pointsr/guns

2x4 basic bench is totally idiot proof - all you need is some 2x4s and ply or MDF - I did mine 2ft x8ft with 3/4 inch ply on the bottom and middle shelves and 3/4 inch MDF for the top and it's solid as a rock.

Pic of my bench - took about 90 mins including cutting the 2x4s by hand

u/Xeller · 6 pointsr/gundeals

My personal suggestion (if you're willing to take the time) is starting with this kit. It's a bit more work and costs more as it requires you to buy and cut lumber, but I think the payoff is worth it. There's a lot of room for customization and fitting the bench to your needs. Mine feels pretty much bomb proof.

u/abnormal_human · 5 pointsr/woodworking

Slow down. Take a deep breath.

The steps you take next are:

  • Finish planning out the desk
  • Figure out the tools you need to get through that project
  • Buy tools and materials
  • Build the desk

    Skip for now:

  • Kreg jig (unless you specifically decide to make the desk using pocket hole joints).
  • Drill Press
  • Jointer

    High priority:

  • Table saw
  • Thickness planer

    Consider going with a contractor style saw instead of a jobsite saw like that one. I made that mistake and ended up kicking myself for a long time. The table is too small, the rip capacity is narrow and they tend to be tippy. The good widely available new saws in that category are the Ridgid 4512 and the Delta 36-725. You can also buy a used contractor saw for not too much money if cost is a factor.

    You can get a roughly equivalent planer to that delta for less. Joint with a planer sled for now. You'll know when you need a hand plane. That's a whole other topic.
u/B_Geisler · 5 pointsr/Leathercraft

They're HD injection molded plastic legs that allow you to make your own bench any size you like-- best $70 I've ever spent on a bench.

u/Rubicon04 · 5 pointsr/battlestations

It is a workbench I got it all from Amazon. I was looking at doing the solid maple butcher block and use pipes for legs then I found the workbench legs that are adjustable and decided it would be cheaper and allows me chord leg. I thought about painting the frame still might just wanted too excited to put it together.
Edit for Links
Top: I actually went with the 2 &1/4 thickness but I would prolly go with this one if I re made it mines a little overkill.
Stinger (crossbeam):

u/dkon777 · 4 pointsr/Leathercraft

I’ve been slowly chipping away at this bench all summer and trying to figure out exactly how I want it set up, but I finally feel like I’m where I want it to be. In a couple weeks I’ll put together a layout/cut out table next to it covered in HDPE. If anyone is interested, I used [2x4basics 90164 Custom Work Bench and Shelving Storage System, Black](this setup on Amazon) to put the bench together. I highly recommend it and I know a few people do as well on this sub. Makes it easy breezy.

I probably got $100 in lumber into it as well, but I opted for a nicely finished piece of plywood for the top. I can’t imagine I have more than $175 -$200 into the whole thing.

Anyway I’m super happy about it.

u/mostlyglassandmetal · 4 pointsr/TinyHouses

I have the simple cheap version of this on my balcony. You just buy the plastic end pieces and buy 2x4s then put them together. Not nearly as fancy, but they do a similar job at a much better price, I imagine.

u/NiteQwill · 4 pointsr/guns

This is a simple workbench that I built using MDF, 2x4s, and Amazon "workbench legs." Extremely strong and holds 1000 lbs per shelf. You could probably build this (or something similar) for around $100.

The best thing about this is I can extend and make this longer if I wanted to just by adding longer lateral 2x4 and another set of MDF boards.

This bench takes up minimal space and can be broken down and moved very easily.


u/CumDutchess · 3 pointsr/longrange

This is my apartment work bench. Plus it folds up and I can stow it in my closet. Doesn't take up much space.

u/bjw9696 · 3 pointsr/reloading

I built a bench using this kit. QuickBench

Mine is a bit bigger since I made it a full 8 feet long and also only have one shelf. I used 3/4 plywood for the top and the lower shelf and a sheet of tempered hardboard for the top layer since the stuff is so durable. I secured it to the plywood with finishing nails. If I remember correctly it was 12 2X4's as well.


u/sputnikspiff · 3 pointsr/DIY

They're all over the place and not bad either. It doesn't matter where you live.
harbor freight
home depot

u/cr0sh · 3 pointsr/Workbenches

Gorilla Racks (or equivalent) can be assembled into a workbench; if you purchase a couple of them, you can even get some extra flexibility with assembly and layout. Be sure to the kind with multiple holes, so you can vary the shelving height. Also buy some nuts and bolts to attach units side-by-side. One other thing you'll want to buy is something better for the top surface; use the shelving wood pieces that come with the shelves for the "base" (to align it with the shelving edges), but drill some holes in it and drill/glue a slightly larger piece of 3/4" plywood or something on top. Then polyurethane it to finish it up (alternatively, put a piece of thin steel or aluminum over the top and bend the edges down and screw or glue in place).

Another option if space is tight, and your needs are fairly "light duty" - get one of these:

Then get a piece of 4' x 4' 3/4" plywood. Open the jaws of the bench up to their widest point and measure it; subtract a 1/2" or so. Cut a piece of plywood out to this width, then center and attach it to the remainder of the plywood with screws and glue. Once that is dry, clamp it into the workbench, then on each "jaw" draw a couple of the "circles" on each plywood side. Then find the center of those circles, and drill thru with a 1/4" drill to the other side. Then on the top side, use a spade bit (say 1" or slightly more) to "widen" up the hole, but only go thru about 1/3 to 1/2 of the way into the wood. Do this for all four holes. Polyurethane the top to finish it.

Get some bolts - flat hex head, or pan-head with phillips or similar - long enough to go thru the top you made, and thru the hole in the bench, plus a bit extra (about an inch); they should be about 1 3/4 to 2" long - 1/4 x 20 - get four of those, four washer to fit into the countersunk holes, four larger fender washers, and four 1/4 x 20 wingnuts.

Chuck the top into the workbench; tighten it up. Drop thru the holes a bolt with a washer, then on the other side, back each up with a fender washer and snug it down with a wingnut. And there you go.

This kind of bench is light duty (or you can get one of the "heavier duty" Workmates if your budget allows for it), but very versatile. For instance, you could make a variety of "tops" to mount tools on that can be chucked into place (or make a "universal" top for several smaller tools) - things like a miter saw, router table, small table saw, scroll saw, grinder, small drill press, etc. You could even potentially make an aluminum top for welding on (welding steel won't stick to the aluminum - or make a steel top if you want). Again, this is only light-duty stuff, but it's portable, lightweight, folds up, etc.

Be sure to pick up additional clamp dogs for the Workmate, and a "repair parts" assortment; these will be handy to keep the main workbench in shape. Also one other tip (kinda OT): If you ever needed to split a piece of transmission hose lengthwise, the Workmate bench has the answer! The jaws have a v-groove, so you can chuck a length of the hose in the groove, then use a box-cutter razor, guided along the edge of the jaw, to cut the tubing down the side in a very straight line. You can probably do this up to about 1" diameter tubing; anything larger would flex too much. I had to do this to custom make some u-bolt "padding" for use on a vehicle roof-rack to protect the cross bars.

If you needed something a bit more heavy duty than the Workmate, Harbor Freight sells a low-cost welding table, that you could make your own custom wood tops to bolt down onto the table (when you weren't welding on it, of course). The table folds up, but it doesn't have any vice-like jaw system, so keep that in mind. It's also much heavier than a Workmate, being made of heavier gauge steel.

u/1new_username · 3 pointsr/HomeImprovement

Here are things from my wishlist (past and present)

Wera Screwdrivers

Oscillating blade set:

Clamp multimeter:

Kreg Jig Jr.:

Angled Long Nose Pliers:

Groove Lock Pliers:

11 ft wifi endoscope:

non contact voltage tester:

claw nail puller:

Workmate portable work bench:

Cable snake fish tape:

9 Outlet metal power bar:

Spade drill bit set:

36" bubble level:

u/RedMaskedMuse · 3 pointsr/hobbycnc

I've got three of the Seville classics "UltraHD" benches/work tables:

They make pretty solid work surfaces. There's an adjustable-height version too.

Add some threaded inserts:

and you could bolt the machine down to the top.

Alternatively, you could get one of the Rockler shop stand kits and some plywood:

u/ecccrc · 3 pointsr/blackstonegriddle

I use mine on a Keter Folding Work Stand. It has not melted or been damaged. The surface area is big enough to set items beside the Blackstone while cooking.

Keter Folding Compact Workbench Sawhorse Work Table with Clamps 1000 lb Capacity

u/Tanker475 · 3 pointsr/battlestations

They dont, but this is the same bench as far as I can tell from Amazon.

Olympia Tools 82-802 Multi-Purpose Workbench With Light

Its $125 shipped instead of $100 but still

u/manofoar · 3 pointsr/woodworking

The rough part of kitting out a dream tool shop is ultimately what kind of work you want to specialize in. I'm assuming this is for a woodshop, not a metal or fab shop.

List of things to get:

1)Hand Saw - $15 at Harbor Freight

2)Screwdriver Set - $10 at Harbor Freight

3)Socket Wrench Set - $40 at Home Depot

4)Impact Driver

5)Cordless Drill
all three can be purchased as a kit from HD for

6)Circular Saw *

7)Chisels - $20 for a set of 4 from Woodcraft

8)Drill Bits - $10 for a set of OK bits from Harbor Freight

9)Bandsaw - $180 Rikon

10)Table Saw - $100 Grizzly

11)Scroll Saw - $50 Dremel

12) Cross-Cut Miter Saw $65 Delta

13)Planer/Jointer - $125 Delta

14)Planes (thickness planer likely too expensive) - $40 a pop at antique stores, that's where I've bought all 5 of mine, and restoring them to useable condition took only a couple hours.

15)Hand sander - $50 Makita

16)Dust Collection - $99, Harbor Freight, 1.5HP portable dust collector

17)Workbench - $80 for the kit on Amazon, plus about $100 in wood, $180, holds up to 1000lbs.

18)Belt/Disc sander - $70 Performa

19)Oscillating Spindle Sander - $105, Wen brand, on

20)Router - $20 Craftsman

21)Router Bits - $40 for a starter set at Home Depot

22)Clamps - $30

Total: $1448

u/stopshort · 3 pointsr/DIY

You're exactly right. They are amazing. Especially if you have a small workspace

Centipede Tool K200 Support XL 15 Strut Expandable 4' X 8' Portable Sawhorse and Work System Kit

Got them for Christmas 2 years back.

u/chronosafe · 3 pointsr/voccell

I've been talking with /u/lost5757 for awhile now. We've both recently received our units. I've held off commenting on mine because of some issues I'm getting straightened out with Voccell. But he makes some great points:

  • I built a 3' x 5' table for my unit using 2x4s and this: The unit fits comfortably side to side (60") with only a small margin front to back (36").
  • It is HEAVY HEAVY HEAVY and awkward. No plastic Glowforge here. I paid a couple of movers to come and relocate it from my garage to the basement.
  • Chiller is pro-quality, at least compared to a 5 gallon bucket of water. It only needs a gallon and a half of water.
  • Yes the lid needs a gas shock. It might be the first mod I make.
  • The jury is out on the exhaust fan. Both his and mine have failed. We're both waiting on replacements.
  • Very pro-feeling unit. It is not a toy. It's something that makes toys and the boxes they come in.
  • I'll add that the software feels under-powered. At this moment it's the weakest part of your day to day work. I haven't been able to get it to "print" from Illustrator. I've had to save an .ai file (version 8, not the latest format) to get the file to the Vlaser software.
u/critters · 3 pointsr/arduino
u/nostrebhtuca · 3 pointsr/guns

This is a friend of mines setup, he uses a Black & Decker work bench and he loads a TON of stuff. If you haven't figured out a setup yet it might be something to think about.


u/NoFunRob · 2 pointsr/ProductPorn

Ya, this model looks more reasonable, and I've seen build patterns for these that would also be better.

u/jafakin · 2 pointsr/reloading

Get a foldable workbench like this:

And then also get another 1 inch piece of plywood to reinforce the press and the top of the work bench.

Works surprisingly well.

u/brandyngg · 2 pointsr/3Dprinting

I just picked mine up from Harbor Freight, $99.99, but with a 20% off coupon from their site I got it for $80. Works great for my purpose. If you’re not near a Harbor Freight, here’s the same thing on amazon for a little more.

Link: WEN WB4723 48-Inch Workbench with Power Outlets and Light

u/squid_fart · 2 pointsr/woodworking

Check out this one Not sure what kind of stores they have in spain, but they have them at costco for around $50.

u/SoullessSin · 2 pointsr/Gunpla

I have had this for over a year now and I love it.

Seville Classics (UHD20247B) UltraHD Lighted Workbench (48L x 24W x 65.5H Inches) Stainless Steel

u/amacey · 2 pointsr/woodworking

I recently picked up a Keter worktable seen here:, Surprisingly well-made and sturdy. Comes with some built-in clamps which can be helpful, too.

u/syntax · 2 pointsr/Woodcarving

Quick terminology point: That's not 'against the grain', that's 'cutting end grain'.

'with' or 'against' the grain is when you are cutting along approximately the grain direction, and the exact angle means that either the fibres being cut are supported ('with' the grain), or unsupported ('against'), where the supported fibres cut cleanly, and the unsupported ones cut less cleanly.

That aside, what /u/aberund said about slicing motion is probably about as good as you can do with that tool. When faced with similar cuts, I tend to rough them out with either a larger knife, axe or chisel, depending.

With a larger knife (e.g. a Mora Companion - a general purpose 'outdoors' knife, with a 4 inch blade), you can apply more force (as well as slicing), and sometimes I grip the handle and tip of the blade, and either push or pull, akin to how a draw knife is used. That two handed use does require some other way to hold the work (bench + clamp, or legs depending).

The axe is probably the easiest way to cut, but least control. I use a small piece of MDF clamped to a bench as a chopping block when carving with the axe. Note that although a simple firewood hatchet will work, you get better control and surface finish with an axe better suited (thinner head, steeper angle on the bevel, probably a little lighter too). I've ended up with a range of axes (er … seven at last count!) so I tend to start larger, an progress to smaller.

A carving axe is sharp enough that I've on occasion grabbed it just under the head, and used it like an outsized knife.

A chisel is somewhere in the middle between the two on the 'power and control' stakes. They pretty much require a bench and clamp of some sort [0], but the different geometry allows for more power to be applied behind the edge. There's three sorts of usual ways to use them: handle in the offhand, fingertips of the primary positioning the tip of the edge, and pushing on the end of the handle with your shoulder; holding the handle in one hand, top part of the blade in the other with a pushing and slicing motion; and one handed with a mallet. That's in rough order of increasing power and decreasing control.

With any of these techniques, I'd usually aim to go back and make a very fine cut with the same tool set that did the reset of the piece; i.e. make sure that it's finished with the knife that did the rest. This gives a uniform surface finish, and hides the fact that other tools may have been used.

I'm sure that there's lots of other options, that's just the subset that I've actually done.

[0] Although I've done everything carving related on one of these: … so it doesn't need to be a massive one to be extremely handy.

u/CouchPotatoTalk · 2 pointsr/raspberry_pi

Here it is. So handy. I use it all the time and it supports up to 1,000 pounds

u/dbaderf · 2 pointsr/3Dprinting

The workbenches are great, but they were a compromise. I don't drive and my spine is fused, so my ability to pick up things and carry them up my steps is very limited. If not for those limitations I'd have gone with this kit and picked up lumber at Home Depot cut to the dimensions I want to put it together.

u/kfromm65 · 2 pointsr/reloading

Try this Hopkins 90164 2x4basics Workbench and Shelving Storage System

u/SodaAnt · 2 pointsr/AskBattlestations

Not idea, and not sure if you're in the US, but here's what I did.

Started with a 1.5"x36"x72" butcher block:

Sanded it down oiled it, etc. Probably took 2-3 hours total.

Attached legs from Amazon:

And now I have a desk which is not only massive but practically indestructible.

Here's a pic of the final setup:

u/whatwhatwtf · 2 pointsr/DIY

Rockwell Jawhorse used to make a workbench attachment quite similar but I don't see any for sale anymore although the miter table is available which makes a good sub, and you could always get a jaw horse and make something custom. It has a saddlebag component for holding tools.

Also maybe this thing:

u/V-chalk · 2 pointsr/Tools

I'd get the 12 sliding miter saw because it will do everything for the rest of your life. You will need it someday, or a friend. I got a Keter folding work table with a couple roller stands. The table can be used for other tasks.

u/LPeterson350 · 2 pointsr/woodworking

For an outfeed table, this might work (see link below). I am in love with it! It doesn’t wobble (unbelievably), supports 300 lbs), and folds up compactly. I’ve done carving and wood burning in my apartment living room, brought it down to my boyfriend’s to do some woodworking, and thrown it into the RV to basically run a kids’ makerspace on his daughter’s front porch, 700 miles away.

Since I have two, my new plan is to take two 2’x4’ pieces of 3/4 ply, and hinge them together, so I can unfold it over two tables and make a bigger portable bench. Haven’t gotten there yet.

Just so you know, I DO also have their sawhorse table, but I don’t find it nearly as useful, mainly because it is heavier and bulkier. But that’s just me.

Know that you can link two or more tables together, or even the table with the sawhorse, though that is annoying, because while they are the same height, they are not the same dimension.

Hope this post helps!

Also, think about a jigsaw. It’s not as clean a cut, but with some guides and some practice, a straight line is possible, and you can also cut curves. It might be more bang for your buck, and a space saver. I’m not saying it compares to other saws...but for your particular situation, the DeWalt 20v cordless one may be a good quality purchase.

u/tekym · 2 pointsr/hobbycnc

Any desktop CNC needs a pretty sturdy table, especially one that won’t rack when the gantry moves. I initially build one myself, but it wasn’t sturdy enough so I switched out to a set of 2x4 Basics legs. Rock solid ever since, and much cheaper than a real workbench that’s sturdy enough for a CNC.

u/ph4t0ny · 2 pointsr/reloading

Simple 2x4 kit like these let you customize size, are sturdy and provide easy storage.

I'd double up on the plywood on the top so it is over an inch, or if you wanted to dress it up butcher block counterstops are fairly cheap, sturdy and look good.




u/coherent-rambling · 2 pointsr/woodworking

The bench looks great; nice and sturdy.


Definitely going to want a different set of casters. Ideally, fully retractable ones so you're not relying on the brakes and bearings to stop the bench from rocking.

u/funcle_ · 2 pointsr/woodworking

I'm currently doing this with my shop and definitely recommend it as well. For you planer/jointer (if you have them) look at the the casters that retract from the ground instead of locking wheels. Something like this:

11500 Workbench Caster kit - 4 Heavy Duty Retractable casters

It makes using those tools a lot safer while still giving them a mobile option.

I've put drawers on all my stands too.. that way I have storage options. Also helps keeps tools of the same catergory all together (drills, bits etc are in the drill press stands drawers.. same with my sanding station).

Good luck!

u/ZedHunter666 · 2 pointsr/woodworking
u/blorgensplor · 2 pointsr/reloading

I used this bench bracket kit from amazon. It's kind of pricey for what it is but the brackets are actually pretty nice. You could recreate them by just using steel brackets from lowes but you'd probably still end up paying a decent amount for them. All you need is the lumber to finish it up.

As for the presses, I'd probably sell all but one. Considering it's single stage you'll have to change out the dies for each step anyway so it won't be anymore trouble to change calibers.

For the paint cans, you don't need them if you're just wanting to put them there for weight. It'll cover enough area to where it'll be stable without it.

u/groktookia · 2 pointsr/DIY

I bought this from Amazon. It's basically just the (very hard and durable) plastic legs, and you cut and screw together 2x4s and plywood.

u/jazzman831 · 2 pointsr/Workbenches

I actually got it on a local auction site that does lots of online returns (hence the missing parts, most likely). I'm fairly certain it's this one ($113), but I saw a very similar one last time I was at HF.

u/jakkarth · 2 pointsr/woodworking

That depends on how long-term you want it to be. You can put two 2x4's on the flat on your garage floor, put the shelf board on top of that and set your blade depth correctly and be fine (note the blade goes on the outside of the supports, not between them). A step up from that would be a pair of sawhorses (build or buy) and a sheet of plywood (optionally ripped in half lengthwise and doubled over). Another option is a pair of sawhorses and a solid-core door. Beyond that, you can make a real workbench, anything from a few 2x4's and a sheet of plywood up to a Rubou bench. The "newfangled workbench" has some cool ideas in it if you decide you want to build a full bench. If you want something prebuilt and portable, you can get something like this, which looks pretty cool but I have no first-hand experience with.

u/GoSonics · 2 pointsr/woodworking

I live in a high rise apartment in the middle of Philly so I have to take everything outside anytime I want to do anything. This has been a dream - sturdy work surface, breaks down and sets up in a heartbeat, has some clamps that come in handy, and weighs very little.

u/klocwerk · 2 pointsr/woodworking

All WorkMates are NOT equal. You want a WM425 or better if you're going to try to do any serious woodworking. It's far more substantial and stable than the lesser models.

amazon link for the WM425

Or the WM1000

Or best of all, find a GOOD one on craigslist from the 70's back when they were built like monsters.

u/GrandAve_Photo · 2 pointsr/woodworking

I am getting this in the mail tomorrow. I can let you know how it works. It has the helical cutter heads instead of three blades which gives a longer life between switching. EVERYONE seems to have the Dewalt, but the research I've done doesn't seem to match up with the expanded price tag.

u/[deleted] · 2 pointsr/guns
u/pwalshj · 2 pointsr/HomeImprovement

Built a couple of these in a matter of hours. I like that the feet are plastic and waterproof.

u/rifenbug · 1 pointr/reloading

This is the exact bench I have I believe. The one side of the leg is a bit further extended so the tipping over part isn't a big issue most of the time. The main issue I have is that if I have a really stubborn case on resizing I will sometimes have to use my free hand to brace against the press to make sure I don't break the bench. The wood on top is not super stiff and it will tend to flex with the press a bit and I just get worried about breaking it.

Seating bullets is never a problem for me and I would say 95% of the time I am quite happy with the setup given what I have to work with.

u/Keman333 · 1 pointr/woodworking

Sorry guess I should have mentioned a budget. I am willing to spend 300-400 if needed. When I said basic I more ment in the design. I dont need anything fancy with overhead lights and bells and whistles on it

Edit: something like this perhaps? those adjustable legs don't look like something you would want when it comes to lathe vibration thoe.

u/Fitz0053 · 1 pointr/woodworking

Here is a similar bench. Dunno if your going to find that exact one in stock. There are a bunch of cool ones out there. I do have to say I like this one the most but here's my second favorite that is found. 11 reviews and all 5 star so there doing something right.

u/Georgy_K_Zhukov · 1 pointr/DIY

I'm looking for a good workstation for a small space, so something compact or collapsible is ideal. Figured this sub would have some good insight for that. I've found this "Keter Folding Compact Table Work Station" which seems to fit my needs pretty well, but wanted to see if there are any other good options out there. The fact that this one can fold up is a huge plus, but while adjustable, I'd really like to find one that is a bit higher. I'm a tall guy, so working on it from a standing position might be a pain.

I'm not doing anything intense with regards to projects, so I don't need some titanium framed monster that can hold 2,000 lbs. Mostly would be using it to clean firearms on not-the-kitchen-table, and repairing fencing weapons - so just needs to include or be able to mount a vice of some sort.

u/SueZbell · 1 pointr/therewasanattempt

This makes me think of a new product I saw advertised today (actually yesterday -- about 3 am here -- new to me). It was a folding contraption that, when it opened up could support a table or board and serve as a "sawhorse" or workbench.

u/Nonrandomhero · 1 pointr/canadaguns

2x4 Basics 90164 Workbench and Shelving Storage System

It’s $8 cheaper than when I got it last week.

u/BravoMaxi · 1 pointr/BeginnerWoodWorking

I use one of these for small projects and I love it:

u/Dr_Oops · 1 pointr/engineering

I used somehting like this and just built a big ass bench outta 2x4's ...had it done in just a few hours for around 100 bucks I think...

u/oneboldkid · 1 pointr/woodworking

Tools - Here are a few tools I would suggest getting. They are all relatively cheap, portable, and with a little creativity, they can do almost anything.
-chop saw
-oscillating sander

Hand tools are a great way to go in an apartment. They are very portable and don't make a lot of noise. They do usually require more skill than power tools though.

Wood - Home Depot is an okay place to get wood. The one near me has oak, maple, poplar, and pine. There prices are about average. I would suggest starting on small projects like boxes and stuff so you don't need to bring home an 8' piece of wood. You can also order smaller pieces online from places like Rockler. The price will depend on the species. If you buy it in a store, you want to avoid pieces with big knots or cracks in them. These are weak points in the wood. You should also avoid winds and bows in the wood. Sight down the edge of the board to see how straight it is.

Work Bench - They sell portable benches that collapse down and are very cheap. Check this one out. collapsible bench . These are great, the one problem with them is they do not weight a lot, so if your doing anything that puts force in any direction but down you have to worry about tipping. Some of the nicer benches probably weight a little more.

u/oldneckbeard · 1 pointr/woodworking

I will say that he's going to be limited with that workspace, but he can get by with some basic stuff. I also have extremely limited space. I have an outdoor shop space, but since it's not insulated and has no power, I'm very limited in what I can do.

However, here's a good list of things to get.

  1. Corded circular saw. I highly recommend this makita saw, it's a good value.
  2. Metal-body combination square
  3. Basic chisels
  4. Workbench with clamps
  5. Pull-cut dovetail saw -- can also be used for most short-depth cutting work. I use it to cut (or clean up) tenons as well
  6. Glue. Lots of glue. I like Titebond II for not particular reason.
  7. As many clamps as your remaining budget can afford. These irwin ones are always popular, work well, and are cheap enough.

    Keep in mind that father's day is coming up soon, and tools like these are popular things to be put on sale. Keep your eyes open :)

u/ScepticalChymist · 1 pointr/Luthier

I did all the woodworking and finishing outside. I got a Black & Decker Workmate, which I would not recommend. It is pretty unstable when it comes to using power tools. There are a few tutorials and plans around for small 2x4 workbenches, and even some that are collapsible. I might build one of those before my next guitar project. The other downside to the Workmate is that it is pretty low, so I had to bend over a lot. I'm not a giant, either.

For tools, I got a basic Black and Decker router, drill, sander, and jigsaw. If you get the jigsaw, I recommend upgrading the blade for just a few bucks. I bought only the router bits I absolutely needed. I didn't do this until late in the project, but I built a router table with some plywood scrap. It made routing a million times easier with the crummy workbench. All of those tools and the workbench are easily stashed in a closet. For spraying, I used products from the Reranch, which required no air compressor or anything. Zero storage space needed.

Finally, I did the outside work in our back parking area. I did the spraying in our screened porch to avoid wind. I swept up some of the sawdust, and some of it just ended up in the grass. I did power tool work on weekends or early evenings on weekdays. None of the neighbors ever complained.

u/LaughsTwice · 1 pointr/DIY

Why not drill? Two screws won't hurt the structural integrity of the wall or anything

I suppose i'd go from the ceiling joints down against the wall, that will be your simplest option IMO. Some 2x4s and metal brackets and you're hanging tools in a couple minutes.

Next option would be something that attaches to the table like this work table thats available from Amazon and Harbor Freight

u/KingRanch27 · 1 pointr/reloading

I went with this guy, and it's plenty stout. Seville Classics is the maker; they also make all sorts of benches/cabinets that compliment the look.

Comes with lights, and a power strip, as well as a peg board backer. The top is full butcher block wood. I don't know what it's rated to hold, but I would imagine you could put 1,000lbs on there pretty comfortably. The drawers are a nice touch too.

Edit: Here's a pic of my bench setup with reloading gear just to give you an idea.

Edit2: You'll have to drill mounts for your press, but the table has a square edge on it, so it's just about perfect. You have exactly 6" on either side of the drawers to mount your press to ensure the drawers can fully open.

u/NBQuade · 1 pointr/Welding

It's thin but not that thin. Car sheet metal is often 20-22 gauge. I consider 16 gauge relatively easy to weld with mig. If you make it too heavy you won't be able to move it. I think your design is pretty over-kill unless you plan on putting really heavy things on top of the table.

I'm not suggesting you buy this but examine it and see how much weight capacity it has for a minimal amount of metal. Are you planning on putting 2000lbs on top of your bench?

u/peeholestinger · 1 pointr/reloading

I have been using a Black and Decker Workmate for about 6 months now. Cheap and mobile. I added a 3/4" piece of plywood to the top to make it more rigid. Probably under $50 and I have 2 presses loaded to it.

u/joeyxl · 1 pointr/woodworking

thanks for the responce. i will be storing all my tools indoors so im not too concerned about rust. the drill press i saw was not that big so i could put inside, but you make a good point that i really dont need it currently. i was looking into a dowling jig, and a circular saw as well. whats your thoughts about the folding work benches they sell, like this:

i have a fold up pastic table but im conerned its not a pracital solution. its about 2ft by 1 1/2ft

u/TheSurgicalOne · 1 pointr/reloading

Would something like this work?

u/Kiyiko · 1 pointr/DIY

I'm looking to make a pair of giant cheap desks for computers and light workshop work.

My idea is to combine 36" x 80" either steel or solid core wood door with some workbench legs

Here's my three main concerns:

  1. steel or wood door?

  2. do I need to add any bracing to prevent it from warping?

  3. I'm concerned about the fasteners giving in, and the whole thing just flopping to the side. I'm worried that without horizontal or diagonal bracing, there will be a lot of torque acting on the fasteners
u/MisterNoisy · 1 pointr/ar15

I bought these starter punches from Amazon. For $8.50, it's a no-brainer.

To replace muzzle devices, I use a Black and Decker Workmate folding workbench I bought for $15 and a short chunk of 2x4 that I drilled a 3/4" hole through and then cut in half (with the grain) through the hole to make a impromptu barrel vise out of the workbench. Worked great.

u/SlantedBlue · 1 pointr/reloading

UltraHD Adjustable Height Heavy-Duty Wood Top Workbench, 48" x 24"

u/thermobollocks · 1 pointr/reloading

Looks like shit tbh. Two presses, a vise, and too little space. Should probably put together one of these and do away with my cobbled-together bench, too.

u/fatcat2040 · 1 pointr/guns

Tactical TV tray seems to be a good option.

u/Taanz · 1 pointr/reloading

I had THIS suggested to me as a portable table to use with my Hornady LnL progressive. Plan is to mount it to a plank and c-clamp it to this table when in use.

u/ArizonaLad · 1 pointr/HomeImprovement

The WORX unit is a keeper, because you can really clamp stuff down and hold it well:

u/BexarArms · 1 pointr/reloading

Consider using a kit like this if building a whole bench from scratch is a little too much for you.

u/coconut_the_one · 1 pointr/woodworking

This is the Keter Folding Workbench

And this is the Kreg KWS1000 Mobile Project Center

Depending on what you plan to do, this could be a good solution for the apartment woodworking you want to do.
These are by no means equal to a heavy sturdy self-made workbench, but they do get the job done, are practice, mobile and easy to store.

u/Tomahawk411 · 1 pointr/woodworking

The work stand is a made by Keter. Here's a link to it on amazon. I have a small garage with no room for permanent work tables so this works great for my needs.

u/kipy3 · 1 pointr/reloading
If you're somewhat handy this is a good route to go with. You can make it as long as you want and its pretty robust.

u/alabastercandymaster · 1 pointr/DIY

Thank you so much! This is perfect. I thought sanding to square was serving me poorly. I've been on the fence about buying a #4 Stanley for months, but thought it might be frivolous and unnecessary. I've been especially worried about how useful it is on my wobbly fold-up table.

u/willies_hat · 1 pointr/DIY

A heavier duty version.

u/Ubermensch33 · 1 pointr/BeginnerWoodWorking

I'm completely new to woodworking, too. I did a workbench for my first project.

I bought this cheap B&D Workmate, and built this simple workbench. Got the cheap lumber from Home Depot. The solid core door that serves as the workbench surface is heavy, probably >50lbs.

All I used was a circular saw, drill and a couple clamps. I did it in a day and a half. I know some could do it in like an hour or two, but I literally don't/didn't know how to do anything more than hang a picture on the wall before I built this bench. I was actually very surprised at how easy it was and how well it came together. It actually looks like a real table/workbench! LOL

u/19Kilo · 1 pointr/reloading

I bought this to make a bench:

It's handy in that you can make it fit any size since it's really just the attachment points for the wood. You can also take it apart and expand it if you get more room.

u/buckyboo22 · 1 pointr/reloading

I'm in the process of wrapping up my new reloading bench. I'm using this kit from Amazon. If you flip through the user-submitted photos you can see a few people who are reloading with it, as well as all sorts of different ideas for configurations.

Given my space constraints I made mine 6x2'. Conveniently that means one 4x8' sheet of plywood gave me enough for two shelves plus two smaller middle shelves. It took me about an hour to cut the wood and put together the workbench. I had Home Depot cut the plywood for me but cut all the 2x4s myself. Total cost for the kit, all the wood, pegboard, some matte poly, and a paint brush is right around $200.

My upper shelves aren't done yet but will be 4' wide to support a nice big piece of white pegboard. I've ordered an LED shop light for lighting.

Even though I just have the lower part done it's awesome. Way way way sturdier than the crappy-ass "workbench" I had from Harbor Freight before.

I'll post pictures once the bench is done and the 550B is mounted to it, likely Saturday.

u/perrdav · 1 pointr/reloading

He probably got them on Amazon. I have the same legs on my bench. They're great - just need to buy some 2x4s and plywood and you're set.

u/patleeman · 1 pointr/StandingDesks

I don't have a suggestion for a varidesk style desk but I purchased a gladiator bamboo work bench which I set to my height and I use a drafting stool when I want to sit. (I'm 5'10" and the desk is set to the maximum height and is perfect for me. Might be too short for somebody taller). The bench itself is really solid and will probably last a lifetime of abuse.

I looked at the varidesk as well for my purposes but the price is really off putting. For the desk real estate. And like your brother, I wanted the full desk width to work with for gaming purposes.

Another option is to get the varidesk and some adjustable arm monitor stand and use the varidesk for only the keyboard/mouse, but it's still not an optimal solution. The other options seem to be the adjustable style desks which get really expensive and was out of my price range (I didn't want to spend around $1000 on a desk).

Good luck in your search!

The work bench:

u/-DarknessFalls- · 1 pointr/woodworking

They’re made by 2x4Basics. They usually range from $50-$70. Here’s a link.

u/djdjxx · 1 pointr/woodworking
u/OminousSC · 1 pointr/battlestations

It's a frame that you can buy from Amazon and use 2x4s and plywood to make it whatever size you want. Highly recommended.