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# 243859 5-Jan-2019 16:14
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I'm looking to buy an affordible workbench with drawers. I've checked Mitre10 and Bunnings, but they don't offer what I'm looking for. Bunnings has some, but are too expensive ($999+), Mitre10 has separate cabinets, but not including a bench top. Have been browsing the web for a long time.

 

Just looking for a bench top with drawers attached. I did come across this, however I don't know this website.

 

Also this is what I want, it's way above budget.

 

Any other suggestions please?


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  # 2154943 5-Jan-2019 16:23
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That second link is seperate purchase for benchtop and cupboards.




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  # 2154948 5-Jan-2019 16:38
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There are a number of guys on Trademe who build custom workbenches, they typically list a pile of standardised models and then if you want something special, you ask. I got mine from this guy, it's good-quality solidly-built stuff.

 
 
 
 


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  # 2154953 5-Jan-2019 16:48
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A few years ago I built myself a small workshop - storage and work bench - using this type of stuff. The bench is three kitchen-style floor-standing cabinets with drawers - which I connected across the top with a solid bench-top I built myself.

 

https://www.tradedepot.co.nz/building-renovation/kitchen/kitchen-cabinets/underbench?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI1r3b5JLV3wIVSKmWCh3voATWEAAYAiAAEgI9TfD_BwE

 

 

 

 





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  # 2154976 5-Jan-2019 17:33
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topmaq?

 

thetoolshed?

 

 


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  # 2154982 5-Jan-2019 17:39
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neb: There are a number of guys on Trademe who build custom workbenches, they typically list a pile of standardised models and then if you want something special, you ask. I got mine from this guy, it's good-quality solidly-built stuff.

 

 

Just to give an example of customisability, I got one based on this, but with the back board extended around the sides so small parts wouldn't fall off, shortened to 2.2M from 2.44M to fit the space, and with the right-hand storage shelf removed so I could slide a chair under there, for the same price as the base unit.

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  # 2155003 5-Jan-2019 18:08
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what about these?

 

 

 

https://www.topmaq.co.nz/item/catalogue/Storage*Workbench

 

and get yourself those chest drawers to stack underneath?

 

https://www.machineryhouse.co.nz/Work-Bench

 

 

 

 


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  # 2155015 5-Jan-2019 18:26
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boland:

 

Also this is what I want, it's way above budget.

 

Any other suggestions please?

 

 

 

 

What is your budget? It might help people provide reasonable suggestions.


 
 
 
 


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  # 2155032 5-Jan-2019 19:16
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Tool drawers are generally pretty expensive, as they are made to take the weight of heavy stuff.

What are you planning on using the bench and drawers for? If it's only relatively lightweight stuff, you might be able to get away with an Office Max or Warehouse Stationery type desk. I've got a steel framed, inch thick top in my office that would be fine for lightweight stuff.

But if you're looking for somewhere too keep spanners, clamps and hammers you need something pretty chunky. Even more so if you're looking to mount vices or bench dogs.

@mcraenz's blog has a good outline of a torsionbox design for a bench that is super strong and easy to make for a few hundred (I used his designs for some of my benches). Maybe put the money you save towards a rolling tool chest you can shove underneath?

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  # 2155435 6-Jan-2019 20:23
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mdf: @mcraenz's blog has a good outline of a torsionbox design for a bench that is super strong and easy to make for a few hundred (I used his designs for some of my benches). Maybe put the money you save towards a rolling tool chest you can shove underneath?

 

 

And then there's this workbench construction video, which is practically pornographic...

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  # 2155544 7-Jan-2019 08:47
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neb:
mdf: @mcraenz's blog has a good outline of a torsionbox design for a bench that is super strong and easy to make for a few hundred (I used his designs for some of my benches). Maybe put the money you save towards a rolling tool chest you can shove underneath?
And then there's this workbench construction video, which is practically pornographic...

 

your link is broken


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  # 2155550 7-Jan-2019 09:09
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I had this requirement and in the end I made a bench from ply and bought some M10 cabinets to put underneath.  I'm reasonably happy with how it turned out.

 

You do need to reinforce the M10 drawers to have heavy loads in them.  I'll be doing it all again shortly when we move and this time I'll make my own drawers from scratch with ply.

 

 





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  # 2155638 7-Jan-2019 10:45
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I always check out old furniture at the Wgtn recycle centre. The carcasses of kitchen stuff may be past it but have drawers that can be reused. Office filing cabinets designed for paper have slides that can take 30kgs. Last 6 pairs of full travel roller slides cost $5 and I left the remains of the units in the scrap metal bin.

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  # 2155773 7-Jan-2019 13:45
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neb:
mdf: @mcraenz's blog has a good outline of a torsionbox design for a bench that is super strong and easy to make for a few hundred (I used his designs for some of my benches). Maybe put the money you save towards a rolling tool chest you can shove underneath?
And then there's this workbench construction video, which is practically pornographic...

 

Oooh, that is nice, especially the butcher block top. But I'll see your recycled rafters and raise you some purple heart. One of Kingpost Timberwork's finest:

 

 

IMHO, this has to be the nicest workbench in the country. Though if I could hand cut dovetails like this, I wouldn't be making them blind ones! Show the world!

 

I also find it somewhat reassuring that even professional joiners have to resort to propping work up on toolboxes and resawing with panel saws when your power tools aren't quite big enough.


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  # 2155780 7-Jan-2019 13:47
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neb: And then there's this workbench construction video, which is practically pornographic...

 

your link is broken

 

 

I noticed that, but thought it might be a transient site issue. Here's another attempt.

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mdf:

Oooh, that is nice, especially the butcher block top. But I'll see your recycled rafters and raise you some purple heart. One of Kingpost Timberwork's finest:

 

 

 

Oohh! Interesting contrast in how it's done too, he does a lot more manual stuff (hand saws, planing) while Justin uses electric tools exclusively. Also quite a contrast to see him just put it together, while Justin spends a lot of time explaining how he's measured and calculated everything, in some cases about half the video is just the planning process.

 

 

One downside of a workbench that nice is that I'd feel nervous working on it, you'd just want to use it as room decor...

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