Workbench buying guide
John, DIYer & IT developer, Brighton59 guides
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Choosing a workbench based on use
Do you require a vice? If so, which type? Will you need to move around your workbench to a corner of the workshop or collapse it down to store away? Identifying your needs from the get-go will mean you're sure to find the best workbench for your workshop!
Different types of workbenches
Some models will include hanging storage above the work surface to keep your screwdrivers and spanners close at hand.
These models can act as an extension to another workbench in order to hold a longer work piece, provide a place to set down your tools or even serve as a mobile work station for fixing tools such as drill presses.
Folding workbenches with vices
Some high-end models offer the option of tilting the surface vertically in order to work with objects of unusual shapes, giving you a full range of motion for any project.
Some accessories are supplied as standard while others can be purchased separately, allowing you to take full advantage of your workbench.
Choosing the right work surface
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Tips for choosing the perfect workbench
The key to selecting the right workbench is to properly define your needs; dimensions and portability are the keywords here. Going for a higher-end model will have its advantages. No matter which type of workbench you go for, a high-end model will offer the guarantee of a better quality finish, a flat and sturdy work surface, and fully functional moving components.
Folding benches and multipurpose benches have many moving parts that must work precisely and reliably to ensure the quality of your work and your safety.
Finally, you'll find that high-end workbenches offer a whole range of accessories designed to make your life easier!
John, DIYer & IT developer, Brighton 59 guides écrits
From a very young age, I was always fascinated by manual and technical work, especially woodworking. When I got my very first flat, it became my own personal DIY playground. I rewired some of the electricity (remember, safety first!) to better supply all my computers and gadgets. I also built partition walls and did some decorating with my wife. We worked on some made-to-measure furniture and came up with little tricks to optimise the space, keeping the original charm of the building in mind. When the little one arrived, I started building bits and pieces for him as well.
We don't have a lot of space, so I don't have a permanent workshop or certain tools I've always dreamed of owning. But with my IT background, I already know a lot about DIY, and I love helping others troubleshoot their ideas!
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