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Old 07-21-2011, 06:10 AM
 
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The concept of Craftsman's modular workbenches is really great. So when we spotted the metal option of an eight foot frame that you complete yourself, we jumped at the opportunity, even though it is an expensive option. If you can weld, you can make a workbench yourself at a snip of the price. Catch 22 is that you need a workbench to get started with.
This particular Craftsman workbench frame is made of metal (mild steel in fact) and what you do is to design your own finishes. So you can add a wooden top or fit a metal top, which is what we needed for welding. You could probably also use the framework and fit some sort of board as a top and then tile it, if this is what would work for you. It really depends on what you are going to use the workbench for. This is a solid design, but not large enough for professional use. However you can adapt it for any type of hobby or home improvement workshop.
Craftsman has several different modular designs, but the 14940, which was launched during 2009, is ideal for both welding and woodwork - depending of course on how you complete the DIY modular design.
The frame has large feet that can be adjusted to ensure the workbench remains level. It also a two inch high metal backsplash which is a practical feature. This isn't much (in terms of size), but for a price, you can add a much bigger standard back that is in the form of a metal pegboard, which is great for hanging tools. This back piece is amazingly sturdy and you can easily tie it into the metal frame of the workbench by bolting or welding. I think it's an absolute bargain for anyone who can't make their own workbench from scratch.
Assembly of the workbench is simple - and yes you will have to assemble it. So there is a bit of work to do. The finished size is 96" (width) x 24" (depth) x 41-1/4" (height), and it weighs 69 lbs, excluding the extra backsplash.
What we love about the system is that it comes with a T8 4 foot dual bulb fixture which is quick and easy to turn on. However the fixture doesn't have a toggle switch and it must be used with a power strip. You will also need to supply your own bulbs. But having the lighting helps a lot when you need to see exactly what you are doing.
We have added shelves to this workbench, and all we did was to weld expanded steel. If you wanted to use it for woodwork, all you'd have to do is fit a wooden counter top and then wooden or particle board shelves. You can buy modular shelves for the workbench or make your own. There is so much choice, it's a design that is difficult to ignore.
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