Workbenches – Mancave advice needed
None of these things sound suitable to me. I’m in the same boat and have been perusing ebay for some time now. Good, solid workbenches keep coming up and can be had for a bargain price if you are prepared to go and collect (and have a van). I missed one a few miles away on Saturday that went for 35 quid. A big solid lump of wood with a vice attached. Quite annoyed about that but it was the wife’s fault.Posted 4 years agogusamcMember
depends on what you’re doing with the vice etc(*what does reloading mean – how much force)
imho – for bicycle stuff only you’ll very rarely need ‘real force’ (*ie 3 ft bar for leverage type scenario)- I used a 4ft kitchen top (braced (4×2 frame), 4 legs (4×2), bolted to a brick wall for 13 years (motorbikes and bikes) and no issue (vice was near one end – ie one of the legs)
*fair point about ebay/collect thoughPosted 4 years ago
Yes, a workbench… Somewhere to work in the garage. To do soldering, saw things, hit things with hammer, put small things together on, take things apart on.
I’d considered a large proper-solid carpenter’s work bench, but I just don’t think I could fit one in there and still have space for bikes and other stuff in boxes. As it is, I’m going to have to come up with a novel way of storing the bikes so that I can get them out of the way.Posted 4 years agofootflapsSubscriberporter_jamieSubscriber
make a proper frame for your kitchen work top out of 50mm box and make sure you make a bit so the vice can bolt directly into metal and not just the workstop. you can bolt this to the wall and the floor then and abuse it as much as you like and it won’t fall over.
every man needs a proper vice mounted to a bulletproof bench.Posted 4 years agofootflapsSubscriber
Did you save the plans for it? How much were the bits?
Just made it up.
Load of photos in here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/brf/sets/72157631470184020/
My starting point was some old 4″ fence posts. I bought the 2×4 regularised timber and 18mm Ply sheets from the local builder’s merchant. I used 9mm Ply for the sides and shelf. Other than that I just made them to fit the workshop.Posted 4 years agonickjbSubscriber
Mine is similar to your first description. A length of work bench, batons on the wall, legs at the front. It works well. The worktop was £10 from ikea (its yellow and had a chip in it, has a few more now). I wouldn’t worry about fitting to plasterboard, it’s pretty strong and the baton spreads the load. If you really don’t want to then it would be simple to make a freestanding one from 4×2 with a worktop surfacePosted 4 years ago
I’m finally getting my garage sorted out (it’s only been 18 months) and because I want to try and do a lot more DIY, bike fettling and the like in there (as well as having a nice place to hide from my wife when she’s in a bad mood with me, I need to have some sort of solid bench in there.
My original plan was to get a section of kitchen worktop in there, right angle bracket it to the wall and get some legs to support the front of it, leaving me space below for storage and space above for a large section of plywood to screw to the wall and use as a base or shelves/organisers, etc.
This is still looking like a good option, but I’m worried about the stability of something like that when the wall I will be screwing things to is plasterboard (damn these modern houses!). There may be brick behind it, but I’m not sure I can check without drilling holes or taking a crowbar to things. Anyway, that got me thinking about freestanding desks (would cost about the same as a section of worktop), but I’d like opinions on what other people have used.
It really does need to be sturdy though, I’m planning on mounting a vice on it and also using it for reloading, so a press will be going on one end.Posted 4 years agoqwertyMember
I just made mine up as i went along. Vice came from ebay for £7.50, just down the road.
Being a “mancave” defines that it must be massively overbuilt and any leftover timber is burnt in the caves woodburner (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Frontier-Portable-Wood-Burning-Stove-Cooker-Heater-Camping-BBQ-Barbeque-/271110921046?pt=UK_SportingGoods_Camping_CookingSupplies_ET&hash=item3f1f785b56).Posted 4 years agoCountZeroMember
Not really a workbench, and you couldn’t bolt a vice to the top, but I’d love a couple of these in a large shed:
Sorry about the low-res pics, but they’re the best I could find. We have two of these at work, they’re type composing tables, oak frame, with a cast and machined iron top. Really, really chuffing heavy, but as a very solid surface for accurately marking up stuff on, as an engineers table, or for just belting the bejesus out of stuff on, very hard to beat.Posted 4 years ago
Difficult things to find, now; most went for scrap, that top weighs lots!
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