Wise Buys: Portable Workbenches
Max. table size (jaws open): 20-3/4×30-1/4"
Max. jaw opening: 4-3/8"
Table height: 30-1/4" to 41-1/4"
Weight: 40 lbs
Two unique features set this workbench apart: a tilting top (up to 70 degrees from horizontal) and adjustable height. Working at the raised table was much easier on my back. The height adjustment also made it useful as an outfeed support for several of my stationary tools.
A removable benchtop piece fills the space between the jaws creating a large, gap-free tabletop, but with slight ridges at the seams. With no on-board storage for the filler piece, I threw it on the floor between the legs when it wasn't in use. The shelf attached to the leg brace is useful for holding a few small hand tools.
The workbench folds easily, and its weight helps it stay put while planing or sanding a workpiece. A molded plastic handhold on the leg brace provides a comfortable grip for carrying the bench. My main concern is the long-term durability of the MDF top--during use, several places along the edges chipped.
--Tested by Bob Wilson, Techniques Editor
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