Thinking of buying or building a DIY workbench? Ask yourself these 12 questions before you decide on a traditional workbench for your small workshop.
A workbench is an integral part of any workshop. It will be used for all of your workshop functions like cutting, clamping, assembly, sanding and more, so it needs to be sturdy and multi-functional. You’ll likely use the workbench for years, so you’ll want to choose one that will last.
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How do you decide on a workbench? Should you buy a workbench? Should you build a DIY workbench? What are the best features to look for when choosing a workbench for your small workshop?
For me, I want a workbench that fits well in my small workshop, is loaded with handy features, is sturdy and a good value. Recently I added a Kreg Mobile Project Center to my workshop and I’m so excited that I did.
This thing does everything. Seriously. In 9 Clever Ways to Make Your Small Workshop Feel Bigger, I said “I’m not sure if there is anything the Kreg Mobile Project Center can’t do. It’s a workbench, it’s an assembly table, a clamping station, it can be used as a sawhorse, it folds flat, and it’s perfect for a small workshop! I have one and I want a second one and maybe even a third!”
At the time of writing the 9 Clever Ways to Make Your Small Workshop Feel Bigger post I only had one Mobile Project Center, but now have a second one. It’s that good!
Are you thinking of buying a traditional workbench or building a traditional DIY workbench? Please do yourself a favor and take three minutes to ask yourself these 12 questions before you make a decision.. Can your workbench or the traditional workbench you’re considering for your workshop do all of the things the Mobile Project Center can do?
12 Questions to Ask Before You Buy or DIY a Traditional Workbench
Is it Easy to Assemble?
Is the workbench you’re considering for your workshop easy to assemble? The Mobile Project Center is a turnkey workbench. It arrives in the box ready to use. There is no assembly required. Just pull it out of the box, unfold it, flip up the two extensions and get working. That’s all there is to it!
Is it Sturdy?
Is the workbench you’re considering for your workshop sturdy? The Mobile Project Center has steel legs and when used as a worktable can support 350 pounds.
Does it Fold Flat?
Does the workbench you’re considering for your workshop fold flat? The Mobile Project Center unfolds and then folds flat in just a few seconds. Which means it’s easy to setup when you’re ready to DIY and easy to fold when you’re done. When it’s folded flat it’s just a little bigger than a card table. This means it’s easy to store in a small workshop.
Is it Mobile?
Is the workbench you’re considering for your workshop mobile? Unlike an ordinary workbench the Mobile Project Center doesn’t have to “live” for eternity in your workshop. Nope, not at all. Have an outdoor project in the yard where you need a workbench?
The Mobile Project Center only weighs about 40 pounds, so you can fold it up and carry it where you need it. Helping a buddy with a DIY project? Because of its compact size, you can toss it in the trunk of a car and hit the road.
Is it Also a Sawhorse?
Can the workbench you’re considering for your workshop be used as a sawhorse? Simply expand the legs and the Mobile Project Center becomes a sawhorse. When used as a sawhorse the Mobile Project Center can support 1100 pounds and when you add a second Mobile Project Center used as a sawhorse it can support 2200 pounds.
Is it a Clamping Station?
Can the workbench you’re considering for your workshop be used as a clamping station? The Mobile Project Center clamping options are nearly limitless. Included in the kit is a 3” bench clamp with Automaxx. The bench clamp can be mounted to the tabletop using the T-slot.
The bench clamp can also be mounted to the legs of the Mobile Project Center.
With the bench clamp mounted to the legs, it can be used as a bench vice.
The kit also includes four bench dogs. The bench dogs help to hold down workpieces and slide into any of the 40 pre-drilled holes in the tabletop.
Combine the bench dogs with the bench clamp mounted to the side of the Mobile Project Center and it’s the perfect way to clamp large workpieces.
An optional Kreg Wood Project clamp can be used for more clamping options in the designated clamping area.
Is it Ready to Mount a Kreg Jig?
Is the workbench you’re considering for your workshop ready to mount a Kreg Jig? The Mobile Project Center has pre-drilled holes to mount either a Kreg K4 pocket hole jig or a Kreg K5 pocket hole jig.
Does it Have a Drill Holster?
Does the workbench you’re considering for your workshop have a drill holster? I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve set my drill down on my workbench, the drill wasn’t balanced and took a tumble onto the floor. The Mobile Project Center solves this problem with two pre-drilled drill holsters.
Does it Have a Lip for Hanging Kreg Screw Containers?
Does the workbench you’re considering for your workshop have a lip to hang Kreg pocket hole screw containers? The Mobile Project Center keeps the entire tabletop free and clear for assembly by providing a lip around the perimeter for hanging screw containers.
Does it Have Recessed Storage Trays?
Does the workbench you’re considering for your workshop have recessed storage trays? The Mobile Project Center has two recessed trays to keep items like drill bits, drivers, screws, pencils and more close at hand and from rolling onto the floor.
Can it Connect to Another Workbench?
Does the workbench you’re considering for your workshop have the ability to connect to another workbench? The Mobile Project Center includes “connection keys” which allows it to connect to other Mobile Project Centers. The connection keys store in the tabletop.
And then slide into the key slot in the side of the table to connect to other Mobile Project Centers. This means you can double, triple, quadruple (or even more) your workbench area.
Was it Named a This Old House Top 100 Tool?
Was the workbench you’re considering for your workshop named a This Old House Top 100 Tools for 2017? This Old House says the Mobile Project Center is “An easy-to-set-up workbench, sawhorse, assembly table, and clamping station all in one that’s great for DIY, repair, and woodworking projects.”
How does the Mobile Project Center compare to the traditional workbench you’re considering for your workshop? I think you’ll agree the Mobile Project Center DOES IT ALL! It’s a workbench, it’s an assembly table, a clamping station, it can be used as a sawhorse, it folds flat, and it’s perfect for a small workshop!
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