In this guide we’ll look at the best workbenches.
We’ve compared portability, versatility, durability and cost
to give you our top recommendations.
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WORX WX051 Pegasus Multifunction Work Table and Sawhorse Review
The Worx WX051 Pegasus Multifunction Work Table is a workbench and sawhorse combined.
The 31 x 25-inch work table converts to a sawhorse in seconds by simply folding down the sides. The table can also be joined to other Pegasus work tables for even more work space.
In work table mode this item can hold up to 136 kg (300 lbs) in weight without buckling or folding. In workhorse mode it can hold up to 453 kg (1000 lbs).
This DIY workbench also features two different clamping options. Two quick-adjusting bar clamps can be used to hold straight-edged material in place for cutting, gluing, sanding or finishing. In addition, four clamp dogs can be used to secure awkward shaped pieces.
The whole bench folds down for easy storage and is light enough to carry with you. Yet despite its lightweight structure, this workbench is really sturdy. It also includes a storage shelf.
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Keter Master Pro DIY Folding Work Table Review
The Keter 17182239 Master Pro DIY Folding Work Table can hold loads up to 453 kg (1,000 lbs) and takes just 30 seconds to set up.
This is a heavy duty workbench that feels robust and stable. It provides a large flat surface and includes 2 clamps that can be used vertically and horizontally to hold a variety of work pieces in a range of positions.
The table folds down for storage making it handy if you have limited work space. The folding work table can be set up anywhere in the house, workshop, garage or shed and the integral carry handle makes the worktable easy to move around.
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Hardcastle Black Steel 2 Tier Work Bench Review
The Hardcastle Black Steel 2 Tier Work Bench is ideal for providing extra permanent working space in a workshop, shed or garage.
This workbench has a steel powder-coated frame that makes it strong, durable and weather-resistant. The shelf and top are made from MDF and provides a smooth, flat surface. Both shelf and table can each hold up to 100 kg. The height-adjustable shelf provides handy storage as well as a workbench. Note that the MDF is unfinished so it could be painted or varnished to protect it against damp.
The steel workbench works well in a garage as it is easy to assemble and provides handy work and storage space. It is not as heavy-duty as some workbenches but perfectly sufficient for most DIY and craft uses. The steel work bench comes in two sizes and both are small enough to fit in most workshops, sheds and garages.
This is a sturdy steel workbench that provides a handy work table and additional storage in your shed, garage or workshop.
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Workbench With Double Shelf Indoor/Outdoor - Pressure Treated Review
This premium Workbench with Double Shelf is made from pressure-treated wood and is large, extremely sturdy and well made.
This heavy-duty workbench is 6 feet long and made from pressure-treated Scandinavian softwood. This makes the table weather resistant and durable. In fact it can even be used outdoors as a plant bench or potting table.
If you have space in your shed, garage or workshop, then this DIY workbench would be perfect as a permanent robust work table. The workbench includes two shelves so provides masses of storage. The work surface itself is really smooth and the bench has six legs plus bracing supports, ideal for holding heavy tools or large work pieces.
This work bench is a great choice for best wooden workbench for your workshop or garage.
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Bosch PWB 600 Work Bench 4 Blade Clamps Max. Load Capacity: 200 kg Review
The Bosch PWB 600 Work Bench is one of the best workbenches on the market with its solid design and quick and easy folding mechanism.
This foldable workbench is made from a combination of aluminium and bamboo making it durable and weather resistant. The bench folds down easily in just a few seconds for easy storage and is just 9 cm thick when folded.
This DIY work bench is extremely versatile as it can accommodate both heavy and large work pieces. Its maximum load is 200 kg and it can handle pieces up to 525 mm wide and 34 mm deep. It can be used as a garage work bench, a shed workbench or as a workshop bench.
The folding workbench comes with four clamps to enable you to fix unwieldy and awkward pieces with ease. You can even secure round pieces firmly.
The DIY work bench also includes a handy on-board storage compartment to store small tools and accessories.
Overall this is one of the best versatile folding workbenches you can find.
Workbench Buyer’s Guide
Workbenches can come as three types – as a portable workbench, a non-portable steel workbench and a non-portable wooden workbench.
Obviously if you have a small workshop then a folding portable workbench will suit you best. Furthermore if you frequently move your workbench to different parts of your house then a portable work bench will be perfect.
Foldable workbenches like the Worx WX051 Pegasus Table or the Keter Master Work Table are very versatile. They take a matter of seconds to assemble and take down. Foldable workbenches are compact and lightweight yet hold a surprising amount of weight.
Do ensure that the work bench you choose is fit for purpose though. Check both the table’s maximum load as well as the maximum dimensions of a work piece that can be safely held.
If you want a permanent workbench in your shed, garage or workshop a non-portable design is preferable, as they are generally very robust, hard-wearing and therefore more suitable for heavy-duty tasks. They are usually made from steel or pressure-treated timber.
Some workbenches like the Hardcastle Work Bench have a steel frame that is powder coated to resist rust and corrosion. The tabletop and shelves are made from MDF or plywood and can hold a lot of weight. The one or more shelves are also height-adjustable. If the tabletop or shelves are supplied untreated they should be painted or varnished to protect against water damage. This kind of work bench is easy to assemble and often available in a range of sizes.
If you prefer a solid wood workbench then look for one made with pressure treated timber like the Arbor Garden Solutions’ Workbench as this will resist rot and make for a long-lasting bench. Solid wood benches should have sturdy legs and bracing so the table can support heavy tools and work pieces. Wooden work benches are available in a range of sizes, so it is easy to find the perfect one for your garage, workshop or shed.
As well as providing a secure work surface for DIY and crafts, workbenches also provide plenty of storage. They make performing DIY tasks, hobbies and crafts so much easier and safer. A sturdy workshop bench, garage work bench or shed workbench with a set of clamps reduce the risk of work pieces slipping, resulting in less chance of damage to the work piece or yourself. You’ll also achieve a more professional finish for your task.