Garage Workbenches

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Everyone can use more space, but it can be very hard to come by sometimes; adding a new set of workbenches to your garage will, not only add space, but also will help get and keep you more organized. This collection is designed to show you many of the possibilities available to you.

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Height Adjustable Garage Workbench

Height Adjustable Garage Workbench

What We Like: Hard, rubberized work surface

What We Don’t Like: No storage shelves

Not So Good For: Extra storage

Perfect For: Professionals and hobbyists

This table’s simple yet sturdy design can hold up to 2,000 lbs. of weight on its metal and rubberwood surfaces. The work surface is ideal for various tools and has a special coating that prevents mold growth, protecting the surface for years of use. The table is also equipped with four ETC-certified AC power outlets and two USB sockets, making it ideal for use with electronics and power tools.

This versatile, adjustable workbench for sale is not only ideal for a garage but can also work well in a home office or craft room.  

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Heavy Duty Garage Work Bench

Heavy Duty Garage Work Bench

What We Like: Folding, telescoping legs

What We Don’t Like: Limited weight capacity

Not So Good For: Permanent use with heavy tools

Perfect For: Portable use at job sites

This versatile table is ideal for use in a garage or outside the workshop. It’s compactable and adjustable with robust telescoping steel legs that can quickly fold away. The legs lock for a stable, solid work surface, holding up to 330 lbs. The work table can also be wheeled when extended using rotating castors and two large locking wheels.

The table features a detachable countertop with different coatings on either side: one anti-skid allowing you to use it as a step ladder, and the other has a protractor and a scale with a range of up to 31.5”. The table also has a stand for a miter saw and three 3-head output sockets, a 3-head input socket, and a safety input switch, making it a highly versatile, functional addition to your home.  

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Wooden Garage Work Table

Wooden Garage Work Table

What We Like: Beautiful rustic design

What We Don’t Like: No power outlets

Not So Good For: Use with several power tools

Perfect For: Woodworkers and hobbyists

This solid Acacia wood table is functional and versatile and is one of the most beautiful garage workbenches for sale. The table top has a built-in drawer for storing small accessories, an open bottom shelf to keep tools, and a cord management system. It comes with pre-drilled dog holes and pegs for fitting bench dogs while woodworking, and the tabletop also features a built-in vice grip.

This heavy-duty table has a varnished finish that looks good and will protect the table for years of use. This table can hold up to 330 lbs. on its 5.5’’ thick tabletop and is ideal for professional carpenters and weekend hobbyists.  

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Garage Workbench With Storage

Garage Workbench With Storage

What We Like: Ample organized storage

What We Don’t Like: No natural hardwood

Not So Good For: Working while seated

Perfect For: A home garage or workshop

Thanks to its innovative design, this garage workbench has plenty of room to work and store all your tools. It features a durable, heavy-duty 2’’ thick MDF worktop panel that will stand up to years of heavy use. The steel frame is made with fine craftsmanship and is subject to strict quality control to ensure that the table is sturdy for use with power tools.

The real standout of this table is the storage space. It features a backsplash with peg holes to hang tools or create shelves. It also has a two-handle pull-out drawer for storing smaller items and a large under-table shelf for storing larger equipment and materials. This table is a perfect addition to a small home garage, offering everything you need for your projects in a compact package.  

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Garage Workbenches

Buying Guide

Garage work benches are perfect work surfaces suited for people who are building from basements or garages. A garage work bench includes a stable and sturdy surface for repair or hobby projects, a shop light, a pegboard for storage, and a recessed shelving which allows for seating.

A garage work bench is a fundamental, yet important tool in any traditional woodworking workshop. It is difficult to create furniture by hand, especially when you lack a sturdy work bench to build on. Before you purchase a new garage work bench, there are a few considerations you have to take into account first to select a good product like the following:

A work bench top that's 3 or 4 inches thick can provide you mass, which will ensure the entire bench is sturdy. There are also special work benches that offer sturdiness through their designs like mortise and tenons, and splayed legs. They are the ones that let you have a workspace that doesn't have a massive slab top.

There's no other way to go about it; your garage work bench must be able to deliver stability and sturdiness. Sawing and hand planing on cheap, flimsy workbenches can easily become frustrating, not to mention dangerous, as they'll be moving and shaking across the room. A sturdy garage work bench should have a solid construction and good joinery.

Vises are used in clamping your work to the work bench so you'll be able to saw, plane, or shape the piece in a number of ways. You'll need at least two wooden vises or metal ones with wood in order to protect your piece. Traditional vises fit into two categories, namely Face Vises and Tail Vises. Tail Vises are attached to a workbench's end part, while Face Vises point toward you, the furniture maker. Choosing between vises will depend on your preferences. Try out both types of vises so you'll be able to identify which helps you most.

The dimensions of your traditional garage work bench will depend on your preference. Typically, a top that's more than 24 inches is rather too wide as it makes reaching across difficult. What you'd love is having a long garage work bench of about 8 feet in length. It will enable you to work on a long piece, but 6 ft long benches should work fine as well. Regardless of the length and width you choose, just make sure that you have enough room in your garage to accommodate the bench.

Bonus tip: Cheaper commercial garage work benches have worktops that overhang the legs. We don't recommend such units as they'll quickly frustrate you as you're rid of the capability to clamp a door or longboard in a left vise. You'll also find that you can't clamp the piece's other end against the legs. Make sure you only choose the unit that has a flush leg design, and you'll be able to have more flexibility in terms of usage.

Let us first ask you a question: What is it going to be used for? Clearly you need a large, flat surface to do a project. If your answer is handyman or contractor work, then a portable workbench is the obvious choice. If the answer is you want a space for woodworking or a hobby involving building things, then you aren't going far from home except to get supplies, and having your workbench stationary, or on lockable casters, is perfect for you.

Portable benches

Portable workbenches aren't typically as large as the models for fixed purpose use, but they are quite versatile. With telescoping legs, folding table tops, and weighing very little because of their aluminum and plastic construction (wood tops also available), they go anywhere you go. The top affords the option to add a clamp if needed. The legs are set at an angle to increase stability. And taking your own workbench is the best way to guarantee you have your most important tool on hand. These are also rarely taller than 36".

Shop benches

In your workspace, your two choices for a workbench is stationary, or rolling on wheels, also known as casters.

  • Depending on the tasks, where you put your stationary workbench is largely a matter of choice. Some people like to have theirs on a wall, affixed to a peg board. Some people like to have one or more strewn about the shop floor, the possibilities of multiple projects happening at once. But the common thread is once it is put in place, it is fixed in place. These models are often heavy, constructed solidly. Some have drawers, some have shelves, but they are large and bulky, so moving them isn't logical. Choose their home wisely. They can be a multitude of different dimensions, so knowing how much space you need, versus how much space you have, is important.
  • Rolling benches void the need to deem one spot the bench's home forever. While still heavy, constructed solidly, the wheels or casters, set at the corners of the base, allow it to roll freely around the work space. Most casters have locks on them to keep your workbench from drifting away from you if you lean on it or bump into it. Rolling benches also come in various dimensions, but none so large as to be unwieldy, or so heavy as to compromise the casters.

Metal frame

A metal (steel) workbench has one detail that its wood counterpart lacks. While there is still some weight to it, because metal is often stronger, it requires less of it to make the framework for the bench, and thus less overall weight. That makes it easier to relocate to another part of the shop if need be. It is still just as sturdy, but has a skeletonized look, more function than form. Only a single or double shelf on the base or back is available. Adding to a steel framed unit can only be done if the addition in question is mounted to the frame itself, or the table top. And steel vibrates, made very noticeable when power tools are used.

Wood frame

A wood frame however has equal parts form and function, allowing many custom possibilities. Wood is soft and therefore drilling into it to mount a new piece of hardware is relatively simple. The benches are heavier, which can make them more sturdy. And unlike steel, wood absorbs vibrations, so your projects don't dance on the table while you are working with power tools. They often have an overhang on the perimeter, which makes adding a clamp very easy. Wood frames are more squared off than their steel counterparts and adding drawers or shelves is less of a hassle.

There are three kinds of table tops for your home or shop workbench, each with some specific functions for use.

Metal

These table tops typically only go with metal frame workbench set-ups. They are welded or bolted on and made of stainless steel. They are rarely the go-to option for anyone who works with wood. However if you need something that won't stain and is a snap to clean, this is perfect for you.

Laminate

Table tops with a laminate coating, also known as Formica, are terrific if you want to choose what color the table top will be. Formica comes in a whole host of styles and a wheel of colors. It is smooth, easy to clean, but will stain if a caustic substance is left on the surface too long. The laminate is a thin piece of plastic, surrounding most often a particle board interior. It is hardened and can take a beating.

Wood

Wood table tops, usually maple, are great for many projects, but have the flaw that it will tell all of your abuses. If you are rough on it, stab it, saw it, stain it, or otherwise damage it, everything that has been done to it will show. No one wants to ding up their work space, but accidents happen, things get spilled, and the consequence is a large wooden record of the trials and successes, or failures, of your many undertakings.

If you intend to be rough on your workbench table top, a removable particle board top is a great idea. Particle board is basically compressed sawdust, held in place with glue. You can dig it, dent it, drill into it, spill glue on it, drip paint on it, and, when you've decided it is beyond saving, throw it out and replace it. Cheap and easy.

Having somewhere to store your tools is key to maintaining the workspace.

Shelves

A good sturdy shelf, installed on the appropriate brackets, can handle quite a bit of weight, and give your tools a home when not in use. They can be metal or wood, of many different lengths, and can be installed under the table top with an all wood workbench. Metal workbenches have arms that extend above the table surface, and can accommodate shelves there as well.

Drawers

For any and all storage and organizational needs, drawers are invaluable. Deep or shallow, custom designed for specific items or a catch-all, adding one or more drawers to your workbench will put tools, and things like screws and nuts, at your fingertips. They install easily under the table top, ready for storing your things.

Once you pick out your perfect workbench, now it's time to choose whether or not your job or hobby would be benefited by a few additional attachments. Some accessories can improve efficiency, productivity and be an extra hand if you're working alone. And they can be either permanently installed or easily removable.

  • Vise: A vise can be bolted to the table top surface, or pre-installed on the side of the workbench. A vise is great for holding items when you need two hands free for work.
  • Power strip: For ease with using power tools, having a handy, close-by electrical outlet is a great asset. Most power strips have half a dozen outlets, perfect for using several tools without plugging and unplugging for each tool.
  • Drop cloth: A roller can be added to the end of your workbench for a roll of cloth or paper, that can be used to protect the bench when painting or staining a project.
  • Grinding wheel: Adding a grinder to your workbench, near an end so you don't block the workspace, is great if you do a lot of crafting with metal.
  • Clamp: To keep two or more items held together, a pipe clamp is a good go-to choice. It can be added to the side or the top, and is designed for easy removal.
  • Tilting table surface: A thin, hard piece of wood on hinges can make some projects a little easier if seeing them at an angle is important. Great for looking at blueprints.
  • Peg boards: A terrific addition to any workshop, the peg board, with corresponding tool hooks, allows you to see all your small tools and easily access them at will. They are simple to cut to fit your bench size and can be mounted to the back of the unit or a wall.
  • Press: A press is a godsend in woodworking. Like a clamp, a press holds items together. The difference is, a press places greater pressure on the items between its plates, marrying them more securely.
  • Lighted magnifier: A magnifying glass with a built-in light is crucial if your hobby or craft involves intricate detail. Bolted to the frame, it has a long, hinged arm that can move across the whole work area.
  • Secure cage: If you have kids, this is strongly recommended. Placing your power tools under the workbench on a shelf is fine, but if you have curious children, installing a steel security cage that can be padlocked under the bench top for the more dangerous items is a wise plan.

Keeping your workbench tidy and maintained is a snap, regardless of which table top you choose.

  • Metal: A clean, wet cloth and some stainless steel cleaning spray will do nicely.
  • Wood: It is recommended you treat the wood with a water-blocking agent like Thompson's water seal. This will allow liquids to bead and not be absorbed by the wood. Use a dry towel with liquids, and a hand brush for other debris like wood chips or sawdust.
  • Laminate: A clean, wet cloth and an anti-bacterial multi-purpose cleaner spray works well.

Best Ideas

Simple Rolled Steel Workbench Lower Shelf

Simple Rolled Steel Workbench Lower Shelf

If what you are searching for is simplicity, take a look at this minimalistic workbench with an additional lower shelf, which further extends the storage capacity of the piece. The frame of the workbench is constructed out of durable cold rolled steel sheet, which has a far superior strength that common cheap equivalents. The bench is also fitted with a thick top surface made out of solid wood, which can hold a lot of weight.

Heavy Duty Adjustable Hardwood Butcher Block Workbench

Heavy Duty Adjustable Hardwood Butcher Block Workbench

Making for a perfect addition to a craft room or a garage, this workbench table has a hardwood top surface, which can just as well act as a butcher block in the kitchen. The hardwood top has as much as three thousand pounds of maximum distributed weight capacity, which is almost impossible to exceed. The workbench is also fitted with legs made out of stainless steel with a hammered granite finish, making it stable.

DIY Easy To Build Workbench Kit

DIY Easy To Build Workbench Kit

An elaborate workbench kit which will turn your dull garage into a true workshop. This one is made be a DIY piece, which will provide with a project to entertain yourself and have some fun with building the workbench. All you need is straight cut wood at a ninety-degree angle, and everything else is provided inside of the package. You can even get your kid to help you, which is sure to be a lot of fun for him.

Chrome Plated Stainless Steel Workbench And Shelf

Chrome Plated Stainless Steel Workbench And Shelf

This minimalistic workbench is a great choice of furniture if you’re searching for something minimalistic. The workbench is a perfect fit in garages and similar, where they provide extra storage space and a handy spot for all of the handiwork. However, it will also look good in a spacious kitchen, where it can act as either a kitchen island, providing some additional space for preparing food, or as a sturdy butcher’s block.

Round Edges Stainless Steel Top Workbench

Round Edges Stainless Steel Top Workbench

Combining strong and sturdy materials with an exceptionally low price, this workbench is a great choice if you are on a tight budget but do not want to make any compromises when it comes to the quality. This one is made out of stainless steel and comes in a few different sizes, making you able to easily choose the one which fits you best depending on how compact the room of your choice is.

Functional Powder Coated Steel Top Workbench

Functional Powder Coated Steel Top Workbench

With its universal design and a lot of functionality, this workbench table is sure to be a great fit in any garage workshop or a craft room, where you require a lot of room and a surface that will not damage and scratch easily. This one is made out of durable, cold rolled steel, and has an additional hutch with an assortment of hooks and holes for storing tools, which further extends the storage capacity of the workbench.

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