Results 1 to 25 of 25

Thread: small workbench

  1. #1
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    central VA
    Posts
    557

    Default small workbench

    Looking for a reasonably priced wood hobby bench/table (not bigger than 2'x4', vise not needed) for a minor instrument work, handloading and general stuff. The Woodcraft stuff is over budget and i haven't found anything in the Home Depot or other such catalogs, and would rather not build.

    Suggestions?

  2. #2
    I may be old but I'm ugly billhay4's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2003
    Location
    University Place, WA (with no university and very little place)
    Posts
    3,923

    Default Re: small workbench

    Lee Valley has these workstations which look like a very nice solution as they're so adaptable to different needs.
    Bill
    IM(NS)HO

  3. #3
    Registered User wildpikr's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    Louisiana, USA
    Posts
    571

    Default Re: small workbench

    Might find something here...

    https://www.grizzly.com/workbenches
    Mike

    Those who think they should think, like they think others think they should think, need to think out their thinking, I think.

    No envejecemos, maduramos. -Pablo Picasso

  4. #4
    Moderator MikeEdgerton's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    40.191N -74.2W
    Posts
    19,925

    Default Re: small workbench

    Harbor Freight. Sign up for the e-mail coupons and save even more. 2X4 is pretty small. I'd be tempted to modify one of the 2X6 wooden benches myself.

    https://www.harborfreight.com/catalo...Cf&q=workbench
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

  5. The following members say thank you to MikeEdgerton for this post:


  6. #5
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    central VA
    Posts
    557

    Default Re: small workbench

    i see some pretty good benches. Yes 2x4 is pretty small, but the space is a pretty small nook.

  7. #6
    Registered User Rodney Riley's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Effingham IL
    Posts
    1,174

    Default Re: small workbench

    The compact bench would be great in a small area. Add a StewMac guitar vice. http://www.leevalley.com/us/wood/pag...36&cat=1,41637

  8. #7
    Moderator MikeEdgerton's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    40.191N -74.2W
    Posts
    19,925

    Default Re: small workbench

    That's a really nice short bench. The only thing I would choke on with that is the price but then again, I'm cheap
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

  9. #8
    Moderator MikeEdgerton's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    40.191N -74.2W
    Posts
    19,925

    Default Re: small workbench

    I know you don't want to build but this is pretty flexible.

    https://www.amazon.com/Hopkins-90164...ords=workbench
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

  10. #9
    Moderator MikeEdgerton's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    40.191N -74.2W
    Posts
    19,925

    Default Re: small workbench

    There really is some neat stuff out there.

    https://www.seattlefindings.com/Comp...lers_Workbench
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

  11. #10
    Moderator MikeEdgerton's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    40.191N -74.2W
    Posts
    19,925

    Default Re: small workbench

    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

  12. #11

    Default Re: small workbench

    The problem with the smaller benches is that they are not heavy enough and flex. The ones I have required reinforcement to keep still when leveling frets and such. Otherwise they are fine. One of the best purchases I made is from Home depot. You can get their mobile work benches on sale and I love having the storage.

    I have this one here that was like $289 on sale and I have seen the black version for $200.
    https://www.homedepot.com/p/Husky-46...4806/300777246

    The quality is not bad, but same issue if you are sanding or something like that, it shakes around. It has made a great stand for smaller power tools and extra bench space for instrument setups.
    Robert Fear
    http://www.folkmusician.com
    1-800-493-4922

    "Education is when you read the fine print; experience is what you get when you don't.
    " - Pete Seeger

  13. #12
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    S.W. Wisconsin
    Posts
    3,335

    Default Re: small workbench

    If it actually is a nook, like a closet, I would secure a 2X4 on the two opposing walls and cut a piece of 3/4" plywood to fit between and call it a day. A third 2X4 can then be put on the back wall if you desire. If you want to hammer in frets a piece of 2X4 that is the right height from the floor to under the table to support the extra impact can be slipped in and out when needed. I am kind of like Mike, i'm not really cheap, but can't afford to pay more than necessary. Is that cheap?
    THE WORLD IS A BETTER PLACE JUST FOR YOUR SMILE!

  14. #13
    I may be old but I'm ugly billhay4's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2003
    Location
    University Place, WA (with no university and very little place)
    Posts
    3,923

    Default Re: small workbench

    There's also this.
    Bill
    IM(NS)HO

  15. #14
    Registered User wildpikr's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    Louisiana, USA
    Posts
    571

    Default Re: small workbench

    Quote Originally Posted by pops1 View Post
    If it actually is a nook, like a closet, I would secure a 2X4 on the two opposing walls and cut a piece of 3/4" plywood to fit between and call it a day. A third 2X4 can then be put on the back wall if you desire. If you want to hammer in frets a piece of 2X4 that is the right height from the floor to under the table to support the extra impact can be slipped in and out when needed. I am kind of like Mike, i'm not really cheap, but can't afford to pay more than necessary. Is that cheap?
    Nope...making economical use of resources = frugal.
    Mike

    Those who think they should think, like they think others think they should think, need to think out their thinking, I think.

    No envejecemos, maduramos. -Pablo Picasso

  16. #15
    Formerly Know As B-MAN Bret Roberts's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Location
    Back in Minnesota after 27 years in Europe
    Posts
    180

    Default Re: small workbench

    If your going to be using it for reloading also, your first priority is going to make sure it is as solid as a rock for your press and for measuring out loads. If your bench looks anything like mine, after a while there will be no room for any instrument work.

  17. #16
    Moderator MikeEdgerton's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    40.191N -74.2W
    Posts
    19,925

    Default Re: small workbench

    This could be the start of Bench Acquisition Syndrome. So many choices.
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

  18. #17
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Location
    So Oregon
    Posts
    683

    Default Re: small workbench

    I own a hand made Swedish bench once owned, and custom ordered, by Jim Krenov when he was still in Sweden. . The bench is 6 feet plus long. Weighs quite a bit. Very serviceable.. . It has seen quite a bit of use; had it now for 40 years

    I also own a 5 ft Sjoberg which has all the drawers and doors. I paid $450 new for this one. About half the price of the new ones and better built. Half the weight of the Swedish bench.
    I have the Stew Mac vice bolted to it. I use this for some of my instrument work and it contains all my chisels, sharpening stones, carving tools etc.

    The bench I use most is self made from 4x4s, 2x4s and plywood top with 1/4 Masonite on top of that. I use it most. Sturdy.

    Build your own., if possible.

  19. #18
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Sep 2002
    Location
    Michigan
    Posts
    148

    Default Re: small workbench

    Most of the benches that I looked at through the links that were posted appear to be kits that would have to be put together once they arrived at your house. If this is the case, I think it would be better to just go ahead and buy the materials and build one yourself that is larger to accommodate both of your hobbies. This way you can customize it to your needs and beef it up in the areas that need more strength like where you mount your press or a vise. Just my thoughts. Of course, if space is an issue, then I understand wanting one that is smaller. Good luck with whatever you come up with and keep us posted.
    ManjoMan

  20. #19
    Mando-Accumulator Jim Garber's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Location
    Westchester, NY
    Posts
    24,149

    Default Re: small workbench

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeEdgerton View Post
    Harbor Freight. Sign up for the e-mail coupons and save even more. 2X4 is pretty small. I'd be tempted to modify one of the 2X6 wooden benches myself.

    https://www.harborfreight.com/catalo...Cf&q=workbench
    A year or so I wanted to get one of those and the price seemed right. I took a trip to the store to look at the demo model and found that the one they were selling then was pretty flimsy. I would suggest that you take a look, of possible, before ordering from HF. Some of there stuff has improved over the years but you never know.
    Jim

    My Stream on Soundcloud
    Facebook

    Playing lately:
    1923 Gibson A2 black snakehead -- Brentrup A4C -- 1915 Frank Merwin Ashley violin -- Huss & Dalton DS -- 1937 Gibson L-Century -- 1939 Gibson L-00 -- ca. 1890s Fairbanks Senator Banjo -- ca. 1923 Vega Style M tenor banjo -- Gibson TB-Junior

  21. #20
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    central VA
    Posts
    557

    Default Re: small workbench

    The choices just keep getting better and better. Kind of like mandolins, the front runners are over budget and i may have to pry open my wallet a bit wider with a crowbar (there's a need for a new acronym). The piggybank is at risk for sure.

    i forgot to mention the space is in front of windows, so i can't make a wall mounting system work.

  22. #21
    Capt. E Capt. E's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    Austin, Texas
    Posts
    2,810

    Default Re: small workbench

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeEdgerton View Post
    Harbor Freight. Sign up for the e-mail coupons and save even more. 2X4 is pretty small. I'd be tempted to modify one of the 2X6 wooden benches myself.

    https://www.harborfreight.com/catalo...Cf&q=workbench
    I have one of these Harbor Freight benches and it work great for me. Look for coupons and you can get one for around $100. Nice storage for tools and a bottom shelf.

    I used to own a wonderful small (25" x 60") Danish bench for woodcarving made by Larson, but it cost me $250 bucks 30+ years ago. Who knows what it would be now.
    Jammin' south of the river
    '08 Weber Bighorn
    '20 Gibson A-2
    Stromberg-Voisinet Tenor Guitar
    Cajun Accordion
    Penny Whistle
    My albums: http://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/album.php?u=7616

  23. #22
    Mando-Accumulator Jim Garber's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Location
    Westchester, NY
    Posts
    24,149

    Default Re: small workbench

    Quote Originally Posted by Capt. E View Post
    I have one of these Harbor Freight benches and it work great for me. Look for coupons and you can get one for around $100. Nice storage for tools and a bottom shelf.

    I used to own a wonderful small (25" x 60") Danish bench for woodcarving made by Larson, but it cost me $250 bucks 30+ years ago. Who knows what it would be now.
    That is good to know. Maybe I will take another look. Maybe they improved the stability. The one I looked at a few years ago was wobbly.
    Jim

    My Stream on Soundcloud
    Facebook

    Playing lately:
    1923 Gibson A2 black snakehead -- Brentrup A4C -- 1915 Frank Merwin Ashley violin -- Huss & Dalton DS -- 1937 Gibson L-Century -- 1939 Gibson L-00 -- ca. 1890s Fairbanks Senator Banjo -- ca. 1923 Vega Style M tenor banjo -- Gibson TB-Junior

  24. #23
    Moderator MikeEdgerton's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    40.191N -74.2W
    Posts
    19,925

    Default Re: small workbench

    Jim, on the website they show three or four that look pretty much the same but have different model numbers, same price. I'm assuming they come from different vendors. That might be the difference.
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

  25. #24
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    central VA
    Posts
    557

    Default Re: small workbench

    All the posts have been quite helpful and have aided in expanding the search. At the moment, the one that floats to the top for my situation looks like a Sjoberg Hobby Bench 850. The Woodcraft just north of Richmond might have some in stock, which is a 60+ minute drive. Many thanks to the posters for taking the time to help me out. Good pickin' to all y'all.

  26. #25
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    St Paul, Minn
    Posts
    220

    Default Re: small workbench

    If you are on a budget....find an old exterior solid core door and cut it to fit whatever you need. Exterior doors are 1.75" thick and flat.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •