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Craftsman 65796

Craftsman 65796

Max. table size (jaws open): 20-3/430-1/4"
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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Comments (8)
biglar wrote:

I've had a WM for a LONG time. Wouldn't trade it for any of the others.

2/21/2014 05:25:30 PM Report Abuse
michael.rhum wrote:

Rockwell has a new model Jawhorse and doesn't list this table top as an available accessory. Too bad, it looks handy.

2/20/2014 10:07:40 AM Report Abuse
MagicRonn wrote:

Love my jawhorse, but have never seen this split-table accessory. Does it exist?

4/22/2013 12:10:49 PM Report Abuse
2gun wrote:

I have an old WM 300 that I bought back in the 80's. My son sat on it and broke one of the top's. I screwed some 3/4" plywood onto the bottom. Made it good as new.

2/20/2011 10:53:58 AM Report Abuse
bobgnar2057967 wrote:

correction : It does collapse but has no "one hand" feature

2/14/2011 05:54:40 PM Report Abuse
bobgnar2057967 wrote:

I have an old WM no fold up and no tip up. Top got wet now I must mill another from old pattern. It is strong and convenient. new price?

2/14/2011 05:53:08 PM Report Abuse
jmiser2 wrote:

You have which one?

2/13/2011 09:07:51 AM Report Abuse
benttool wrote:

I have one... good, solid device.

2/10/2011 01:57:57 PM Report Abuse

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