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post #21 of 26 Old 12-14-2017, 11:14 AM
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Every woodworker has their preference for a good workbench. There are many many types.
I prefer one that is built like a very strong cabinet with lots of drawers and a good 4 overhang on the top. I keep a lot of tools in the drawers.
I think a workbench with a large open space under the table waste space. In a small garage shop space is important.

If you don't have time to do it right the first time, when will you have time to do it over?
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post #22 of 26 Old 12-15-2017, 05:48 PM
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I've found a review here
It says Sjobergs is better, but the price is a bit too high. Is it good enough to pay that much?
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For someone who is self-admittedly new to this craft, there are too many different ways people work to be able to offer a suggestion that makes sense.

You don't know what your preferences are yet, so spending a grand on a bench is a real waste. Like some of the people on this board have suggested, I think the best way to move forward is to start with a simple but stable bench, that has a vise and a few places for bench dogs. Then you will have a place to actually start working, which will give you a much better idea if you are more of a hand-tool guy, or a "I use machines" guy. That makes all the difference in the world in terms of what is the right bench for you.
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Building a bench is a key part of learning about your work style etc. The HF bench that you link to is really, really substandard and not worth purchasing even to part out for hardware (like some of the HF stuff can be). Saw horses and a door would be a better starter bench than that.
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Building a bench is a key part of learning about your work style etc. The HF bench that you link to is really, really substandard and not worth purchasing even to part out for hardware (like some of the HF stuff can be). Saw horses and a door would be a better starter bench than that.
I can't tell whether you are addressing me or @ste13, but I will respond regarding my own situation and the Harbor Freight workbench. My spouse REALLY wants this workbench for herself. I have pointed out its many flaws, but it is exactly what she has wanted for a long time. She does many crafts, but not woodworking. She plans to use it for a long time. At less than $125 in the January sale, it is a good value. We will share the Harbor Freight workbench for a while. It won't be ideal for me, but we can make do. In the future (soon, I hope), I will build or buy a more suitable workbench for my needs. That will happen once we are done preparing the workshop, and we have many weeks worth of work to go.
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Not being a very good or proficient wood worker, I also thought buying a bench the way to go at first.

I quickly realized that while buying a bench was the easy way, I also found that if I were to build it myself for my current abilities, it would not only save me some money, but also give me practice in building well, work benches.

I have now built 5 benches. I have my first built one which is 3'x8' (yes it's huge) and I just added some shelves to it. My main bench has 2 vices on it as well and 2 surge protector strips.

I've built 2 others 1 for the wife's crafts and one for storage in the garage.

They are all very basic tables/benches but they work fine for me at the present level of my skills.

I also just built my 5th for a wood working class I took - I didn't have to build it since I already have one, but the plans and build looked interesting and the skills were those that I hadn't learned before and now I have new skills that I didn't have before - gotta love it!

It came out really nice and now I have a 2nd work bench I use for assembly and glue up.

Either way - build or buy, only you know what is best for you.
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