The best are rock solid, dead flat, and a joy to use
Synopsis: Fine Woodworking editors do a head-to-head review of eight ready-made woodworking workbenches, checking them for stability, how well the vises worked, how easy the benchdogs were to use, general appearance, quality of finish, and utility of any storage shelves, trays, or cabinets. Benches were measured with a straightedge, feeler gauges, combination square, and scales. After using each of the benches, the editors concluded that even though choosing a workbench is highly subjective, a few models stood out from the crowd.
Benches tested include: Lie-Nielsen, Hoffman & Hammer, Diefenbach, Garrett Wade, Grizzly, Laguna, Sjoberg, and Veritas.
At the heart of any woodworking shop is a solid workbench, but there has long been a debate over whether it’s better to build your bench or buy it. Then there is the conundrum that you need a bench in order to build a bench. And if you think you can make a bench…