|Review by JohnGreco||posted 03-21-2010 04:42 PM||17843 views||0 times favorited||13 comments|
I saw this workbench on sale from Harbor Freight and figured at the price of $159, it was worth a shot.
Note- At the time of writing this, the bench is on sale further, costing just $129.
For the price I paid, I think it was pretty good, but for the even lower sale price you can’t go wrong. The top is Oak, about 1” thick with a thicker edge (so the edge you see in the picture isn’t the thickness of the entire table). It comes with an end vise (mounted to the right, you don’t get to choose which side it mounts to), 4 felt lined MDF drawers (each drawer is 21”w x 12 3/4”d x 3”h) and 1 MDF shelf. The legs appear to be Oak stained Pine, and the table top has 16 dog holes drilled for use with the 4 wooden pegs and 4 metal bench dogs.
Putting it together I had a few alignment issues with screws/bolts not lining up exactly, but nothing too bad. By myself it took about an hour and a half to put together, but mostly because I chose to use a hand held screwdriver assembling the drawers rather than my power drill. I just didn’t want to over tighten and ruin the drawer since the MDF is fairly thin.
The drawers ride on metal slides and are pretty smooth. A little too smooth for me, in fact. My shop is in my garage, and with the drawers facing the garage doors, vibrations from working on the bench have the drawers slowly opening from the slight down-grade pitch. If you have a similar set up, plan to either shim the legs or flip the bench with the drawers facing up-grade.
The bench has a 250 pound capacity, but I suspect you could reinforce it a bit and increase that limit.
The box was pretty beat up when it was delivered to me (via FedEx). I was expecting to have to call for several replacements, but the packing was really done well. Nothing inside was damaged at all.
Overall, you can’t go wrong for the price. I would have given it 5 stars if I didn’t feel the picture was misleading about the table top thickness.