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    Garage Work Bench

    I'm going to be building a work bench in my garage and have been doing a little scouting. Menards had some decent stuff, but I walked into Sears and was like a little kid in a candy story. Pretty sure it will be a Sears bench unless someone has a better idea.

    One question I have is what type of bench top to order. I can get Medium density Fiberboard which looks to be an inch thick. For another $50 I can get a butcher block top. I'm all about saving money, but I think the Butcher block is probably worth the extra $50? Surely it's tougher and will be more durable over time?



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    Re: Garage Work Bench

    Fiberboard is horrible. Spend the extra money. You won't regret it.


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    Re: Garage Work Bench

    Quote Originally Posted by Bobber View Post
    I'm going to be building a work bench in my garage and have been doing a little scouting. Menards had some decent stuff, but I walked into Sears and was like a little kid in a candy story. Pretty sure it will be a Sears bench unless someone has a better idea.

    One question I have is what type of bench top to order. I can get Medium density Fiberboard which looks to be an inch thick. For another $50 I can get a butcher block top. I'm all about saving money, but I think the Butcher block is probably worth the extra $50? Surely it's tougher and will be more durable over time?
    Can't argue with Sears, lots of selection. Doesn't hurt to take a look at Theisen's or Lowes, they don't do too bad.

    Yeah, spend the extra cash. Butcher block >>>> Fiberboard. I hate the fiberboard bench I had in my parent's old garage.


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    Re: Garage Work Bench

    If you want to save money why not just build it yourself and not order the prefabed bench?

    Also if you get the right fiberboard it will hold up very well.


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    Re: Garage Work Bench

    I've been happy with this kit that I put together



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    Re: Garage Work Bench

    I built my own and it was definitely the way to go for my purposes. I built in a drop-down shelf for my compound miter saw so that I can use the length of the bench to prop up the lumber. I also got the benefit of putting shelves where I want them. Add in a couple sheets of pegboard, and you've got just about all the organization you need.
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    Re: Garage Work Bench

    Quote Originally Posted by kingcy View Post
    If you want to save money why not just build it yourself and not order the prefabed bench?

    Also if you get the right fiberboard it will hold up very well.
    This. You have to take the time to put the prefab bench together, so why not take a little more time to build exactly what you want. I have a smaller garage so I built a 4' bench with an extentable 2 ft drop down. I used 3/4 inch MDF for the top so if gets cut/stained/drilled to much, it will be cheap and easy to replace.


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    Re: Garage Work Bench

    Quote Originally Posted by djcubby View Post
    This. You have to take the time to put the prefab bench together, so why not take a little more time to build exactly what you want. I have a smaller garage so I built a 4' bench with an extentable 2 ft drop down. I used 3/4' inch MDF for the top so if gets cut/stained/drilled to much, it will be cheap and easy to replace.
    3/4'? Thats a pretty heavy duty table top right there


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    Re: Garage Work Bench

    I'm telling you this kit is worth the money. You can make the bench as big as you want but this plastic legs make everything even and are very durable.



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    Re: Garage Work Bench

    Quote Originally Posted by Flag Guy View Post
    3/4'? Thats a pretty heavy duty table top right there
    You have no idea



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    Re: Garage Work Bench

    You can also check out the DIY websites like Family Handyman for ideas. Their website only has a couple listed in their projects, but I've seen others in their magazines.

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    Re: Garage Work Bench

    A friend of mine built one using a solid wood door (I believe oak) for the top... made for a really solid workbench. He built an understructure out of 2x4s and attached a couple drawer units to the bottom side. I think he got the door from Menards fairly inexpensively.

    If you go with a kit, I'd concur on avoiding the particle board top if you want it to last. In my experience particle board is fairly prone to crumbling, especially on the corners/edges, and does not hold up well in the presence of any sort of moisture.



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    Re: Garage Work Bench

    Quote Originally Posted by DJSteve View Post
    A friend of mine built one using a solid wood door (I believe oak) for the top... made for a really solid workbench. He built an understructure out of 2x4s and attached a couple drawer units to the bottom side. I think he got the door from Menards fairly inexpensively.

    If you go with a kit, I'd concur on avoiding the particle board top if you want it to last. In my experience particle board is fairly prone to crumbling, especially on the corners/edges, and does not hold up well in the presence of any sort of moisture.
    Beat me to it, if it gets wet - it's toast. Not very sturdy either with particle board.



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    Re: Garage Work Bench

    Here are a few more pictures of the workbench. Excuse the mess.








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    Re: Garage Work Bench

    Quote Originally Posted by Seth View Post
    I built my own and it was definitely the way to go for my purposes. I built in a drop-down shelf for my compound miter saw so that I can use the length of the bench to prop up the lumber. I also got the benefit of putting shelves where I want them. Add in a couple sheets of pegboard, and you've got just about all the organization you need.
    That looks very similar to my setup (minus the drop down for the mitre saw, nice job on that). If you are going to buy, don't go cheap. It's pretty easy to build your own and you know you will have something that will last.



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