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Garage Bench Recommendation

Discussion in 'General chit chat' started by pjgtech, Oct 4, 2021.

  1. pjgtech

    pjgtech I shoot, therefore I aim......

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    I need a decent bench for my garage. :)
    Can anyone recommend a decent one for up to about £150
    Needs to be about 1m to 2m long, shelves / drawers are not essential, but would be nice.
    This is only for home, DIY, light use, nothing heavy or industrial.
    I have been looking at this one, see link
    https://www.machinemart.co.uk/p/clarke-cwb-r1b-workbench-with-pegboard-back-pa/
    It will be used for the age old task of "pottering" and "fettling".... :thumb:
    I have plenty of storage (ish) but I don't have an actual worktop / working surface in the garage.
    Hence this request.... wot u got / wot do u recommend.
    Ta....:up:
     
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  2. SJC

    SJC Shooter and golfer.

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    Make one..
    Mine is from 3”x 2” mainly with the top 4” x 2”.
    I then put a sheet of thin ply on top from a sheet of 8’ x 4’.
    I’ve had the bench about 4 yeas it’s on it’s second ply sheet when it gets too battered I change t..
     
  3. mightyrover

    mightyrover Donator

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    I've got a macallister collapsible work bench from screwfix I carry in the van and it takes some hammer. But hasn't let me down about £60.
     
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  4. pjgtech

    pjgtech I shoot, therefore I aim......

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    Hi, yeah I could make one, but I'm just too lazy and can't be ar*ed! :facepalm:
    In my old house I had a large shed/workshop (about 4m x 3m) and I built all the work benches and shelving, I mostly used 50x50mm timbers and 18mm MDF, they were just starting to bow a bit, but they had lasted about 20 yrs, but I was younger and keener then, now I'd rather just buy one! :D
     
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  5. SJC

    SJC Shooter and golfer.

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    Good choice as a portable bench..
     
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  6. pjgtech

    pjgtech I shoot, therefore I aim......

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    Yep, looked at those, looks well made, but I want summit a bit longer (as I think thats only just over 0.5m) and its gonna be permanent for me, so no need for collapsible, (plus I've already got a workmate) but I can see they would be great for a jobbing contractor.... cheers :up:
     
  7. Ragnar Hairybreeks

    Ragnar Hairybreeks Check out my leather balm on Members Manufactured Staff Member Mod/Admin

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    Can you weld? Box section frame and cap with off cut kitchen counter. Solid as a rock.

    I think my 3m bench came in at around £40.
     
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  8. pjgtech

    pjgtech I shoot, therefore I aim......

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    Nope, not a welder, but I may reconsider just making my own, I'm just bloody lazy and got loads of other jobs to do on the list already...! :facepalm: :D:D:D
     
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    pjgtech I shoot, therefore I aim......

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    Wow, that looks ideal and great price. Whenever I go into a Lidl or Aldi they never seem to have these deals on, I always seem to miss them!
     
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    Twoplusfour1 Donator

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    That's a shame. They sell a lot of crap but this has impressed me.
     
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    SamG340 Posting Addict

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    Halfords boltless bench . they are absolutely superb , sadly think they've stopped making them. if you can find one, jump on it . you won't regret it


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  14. ShineySpanners

    ShineySpanners Engaging Member

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    My dad's got that bench, I'm 6ft 2 and find it a little low for my taste, but it's done the job for years.

    I much prefer my own at 1100 mm height to bench top, I don't get a sore back working on it.
     
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  15. Brother Caleb

    Brother Caleb You have been judged and found unworthy!

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    The Clarke benches are pretty crap to be honest, we had some at work and they didn’t last. We didn’t use them for heavy duty stuff just work stations for filling in paperwork and putting tool boxes on etc went wobbly really quickly.

    If you have the kit and the ability just make your own or keep an eye out for factory clearance sales.
     
  16. Jimmypie

    Jimmypie Pffft , Pop , Twang , Bang

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    Have to say that whilst it maybe a bit of effort that making your own if possible is the way forward , you can set the height , width and depth to exactly how you want it .
    All my benches are made from 3/4” T&G waterproof chipboard flooring , made up like kitchen carcasses but doubled up the tops so I have 1-1/2” thick tops . Cheap , sturdy , heavy and dead flat tops with no chance of warping or swelling . 8ft x 2ft Sheets are (depending where you go ) between £14-£20 each .
     
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    Have you thought of making your own? Like you I looked on Machine Mart and then realised that I had all the timber I needed to make my own. Nearly all of it was scrap. Some was left by the builders. Some was left over from the shed. Some doubt over expertise so I drafted out a design. Did some You Tube research and built it over a couple of weekends.

    Very satisfying and totally level! It has a couple of shelves too.
     

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    RichieRich Ping!

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    I had that one you have linked, It was ok, but the bench board was flimsy, and in the cold damp garage environment, it started to sag in the middle.
    If you go for this one, i'd replace the MDF for some good plywood if you want to mount a vice to it too
     
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    pjgtech I shoot, therefore I aim......

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    Cheer RR, thats exactly what I was thinking, put a decent thicker board on top, eg: 18mm mdf or ply or even a kitchen worktop. :thumb:
     
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    I've got two of those you posted but didn't pay that much for them, they are a common generic bench and you will find the same ones rebranded a lot cheaper on fleabay. They are fine for general working and can take a bit of weight and hammer, all I've done with mine is used a piece of kitchen worktop on the top then used the supplied top as reinforcing behind the pegboard.
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    The second one hasn't got a drawer, should have been in a second box but wasn't delivered. Complained so they sent both boxes out instead of just the one I needed (Argos) and driver wouldn't take the box I 'd already got back, a jobsworth "It says delivery of 2 boxes". Asked for it for it to be collected, never was so it lives in the shed, worktop top same as the other, tons of weight stowed underneath, vice on top that gets some use, no problem.:D
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