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Workbench Brand/Model Suggestions?
« on: February 11, 2016, 10:33:13 AM »
If I was buying a new work bench, the only bench I would consider would be a

Lysta.  You can find pretty nice used ones, or get exactly the bench you want

new from them.  Maple hardwood tops, and any type cabinet storage you would

like under or above the bench top.  Even the drawers or cabinet shelving can

be ordered the way you want it.   The drawers hold something like 400 lbs

rating.   I have a couple of them here.  Not your typical China junk or cheesy

stuff that works good till the warranty is gone.  Any of their products can be

mounted on wheels also.  They are not cheap, but, what is that you would

really want?   Ebay is a good place to find used, but, it may take a while to

find exactly what you want that way.

Here's a top :


Then find any cabinets you want to go under or above it.

Or buy complete:




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Re: Workbench Brand/Model Suggestions?
« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2016, 05:07:45 PM »
Cheap and cheerful, here.  <-smile->

I've only bought one work bench and it was really a large drafting table.

I've built several that have worked really well over the years.  I

currently have two in my shop.

One is a recycled kitchen cabinet with a formica counter top.  It's almost

8 feet long, easy to clean up, sturdy, and has cabinets below for storage.

Probably cost about $500 to make with new bits from a big box store, but it

was free for me since it was all recycled material.

My other bench has been around the world with me.  It's made from a 4X4

frame with 2X4 reinforcements, 3/4" plywood on the back, sides, and shelf.

I used a solid core door for the work surface.  You can seal the surface or

put down Masonite to protect it.  Cost was probably $100 when I put it

together years ago, probably 2 or 3 times that now.

For pure functionality, check out the EAA worktable plans (comes right up

when you google it).  These are used by lots of aircraft homebuilders and

are really versatile, if not the best looking things in the world.  A

half sheet of ply and a few 2X4s will build two tables.  Light weight, easy

to move around, but still sturdy. Use alone, clamp them together for long

work, stack them as shelving, etc.  I love these.  Less than $50 each to




Re: Workbench Brand/Model Suggestions?
« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2016, 07:42:50 PM »
No doubt lista is the bomb. But overkill for my basement.  Kind of have

to buy new as shipment cost is equivalent to the cost of a new unit.  If

they are new and picked up locally the seller has absorbed the shipment

cost at discounted rates.