Learn why I don’t use a woodworking bench. They’re big, heavy, and difficult to move. Instead, I’ll share the three benches I use in my small workshop.
Why I Don’t Use a Woodworking Bench
I love the look and feel of a traditional woodworking bench. They’re sturdy and usually made of an attractive hardwood. The problem is this type of bench is just too big, too heavy and too difficult to move in my small workshop. Instead, I’ll share the three space-saving worktables I use in my tiny shop.
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What is a Woodworking Bench?
Wikipedia defines a woodworking bench as “a table used by woodworkers to hold workpieces while they are worked by other tools.” Wikipedia goes on to say a woodworking bench is “heavy and rigid enough to keep still while the wood is being worked.”
3 Reasons Why I Don’t Use a Woodworking Bench in My Small Workshop
My workshop is small. It measures about 10×13. Those of us with small workshops don’t have room for a big woodworking bench. The legs and top of these benches are usually made of thick pieces of wood.
Those thick pieces of wood can trick our eyes. They can make a piece of furniture appear larger than it is. This can make a small workshop feel smaller than it actually is.
Woodworkers with small workshops need shop furniture that is properly scaled to the workspace. This will help a small workshop feel bigger.
A traditional woodworking bench is usually made with hardwoods like maple. I love the look of maple. It’s an attractive, durable wood, but it’s heavy. That means these types of benches usually weigh a lot.
A heavy bench would need to permanently live in my workshop. I would never be able to move it outside which means I would need another work table for outdoor DIY projects.
Difficult to Move
As I mentioned traditional woodworking benches are usually heavy which makes them difficult to move. Plus, woodworking benches typically don’t have wheels.
All of the tools in my small workshop are on
wheels skates to maximize floor space.
Photo Credit: Bob Kehn
What I Use Instead of a Woodworking Bench
I love the look of a traditional woodworking bench but they’re too big, too heavy and too difficult to move in my small workshop. DIYers with small workshops need a bench that’s small, lightweight, and mobile. And a multitasking work table would be even better. Bonus points if it could also fold flat so it could be stored out of the way.
I’m excited to share with you the three space-saving, multi-tasking benches that I use in my tiny workshop!
A folding workbench is perfect for those DIYers with a small workshop, shed, garage, or even those DIYers without a dedicated workshop. The space-saving design is easy to set up when we’re ready to work and fold up when we’re done. Plus, it’s portable, so we can move it from the shop to the yard, or to a buddy’s house to help with a project.
We can use it to set up a miter saw or a benchtop router table. We can use it to build and assemble our projects.
I often use mine as a finishing station either to apply a coat of stain or to spray my projects with a coat of paint.
I even use it to give my dog a haircut every month! Or we can throw a tablecloth on it, and we have a sturdy serving table for parties. This folding workbench is a real multitasker.
Related: How to Build a DIY Folding Workbench
Flip Top Tool Stand
A flip top tool stand has a rotating top. This means a tool like a miter saw, a small table saw or planer can be mounted on one side, then the top can be flipped. The other side can be used as a workbench. This means the stand can be stored out of the way to maximize floor space.
Many of the DIY furniture plans that I’ve shared with you have been built on the bench side of this flip top tool stand.
Mobile Project Center
DIYers with small workshops need a workbench that can be used as an assembly table, a clamping station, and a sawhorse. Wouldn’t it be great if our workbench could fold flat for storage? Or can you imagine if we could disassemble our workbench to free up floor space to build a big project?
That’s exactly what we can do with a Kreg Mobile Project Center!
I made my Mobile Project Center even more mobile by adding wheels. I built a simple DIY wood base and added six casters. This means I can roll it where I need it. Or I can completely remove it from my workshop when I’m working on a big project.
More Space-Saving Ideas
Looking for more space-saving ideas for your shop? Skate over to 5 Workbench Ideas for a Small Workshop.
Protect Your Investment
We can protect our investment with a workbench mat. A utility mat is an easy way to prevent messy glue spills from damaging our bench. A bench mat also protects our projects from being dented or scratched during assembly.
I love the look and feel of a traditional woodworking bench. They’re sturdy and usually made of an attractive hardwood. The problem is that this type of bench is just too big, too heavy and too difficult to move in my small workshop.
Instead, I use a folding workbench, flip top tool stand and a Mobile Project Center to maximize space in my tiny shop.
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