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filings drawer is useless as most precious metal bits
escape.Hammer storage useless, corrosion proofing non-existant in
most benches because drawers don't seal
too deep and the drawer is too deep. 2 shallow would be better
than one deep. Top is slightly too thick for most clamps.
No row of drawers on the left (just one).
The price was pretty hefty.
I am unable to access a very useful large pull-out work surface
because my Benchmate mounting bracket blocks access to it, even when
no fixtures are attached. I would have liked a wider cut out on the
top of the bench. The arm-support pull-outs are rarely useful due to
their height relative to the bench surface; they are only 2 inches
below the benchtop. I would have made the bench a little wider beyond
the cut-out at the left to accomodate left-hand torch use.
Not enough drawers..
they way it breaks down for moving ment one of the drawer stacks
got put on just crooked enough that I can't pull the tray out all the
way without it jumping hte rails and landing in my lap.
Can't say as anything really irritates me about it.I am very
happy with my bench. It has a good amount of storage but of course I
have more accessories and tools than can be stored inside the bench.
So I have a wall of tools right next to the bench. Magnet strips and
hooks. Everything easily within reach.
The holes on either side of the bench pin are not deep enough.
Some designs these holes are lower on another block of wood that are
through holes to store your file or ring mandrel.
There aren't enough compartments, and the pull-out dust catcher
drawer thing is too high sided to sweep out. I have to vacuume to
clean, a real pain.
Nothing, it was custom made for me.
the sweeps drawer is too close to the bench pin to keep open
while I am sawing. (Duh, what is the point of that!)
I miss a draw to catch my sawings. Messing arround with pieces
of paper on my lap. I use the table for all the rest including
soldering. Annoying is that I have to build my firing place every
time I need it. A permanent space for soldering would be ideal
I wish I could have a U shape bench. I would use that to enclose
me to keep me from distractions and also be able to set up more
things..... Past that.. I dont have much really..... I love my set
up. Oh.. I guess I have to stand up to get jump rings and findings -
but thats not a biggie.
No ring mandrel hole; the upper tray is a little high when
sawing a large wax block.
I don't like having a chair that rolls around so when I have to
move to different parts of the bench, I have to pick the chair up and
move it into position. It can get cluttered very easily if not
cleaned off regularly.
In hindsight, I think I would have preferred a bench with a deep
Heavy and didn't come with lock.
filing drawer dosent slide back far enough to get it out of the
way when not needed.
It's still incomplete. This one's a salvage job. When my church
bought a new organ, the old one was disassembled and left by the
dumpster. I took these large pieces of superb, heavy wood home, and
they sat for quite a spell. Then the Spirit moved me to put it back
together in its' final form.
bench height on one of my benches is so low I cannot get my legs
under it. I had to raise it on 2 inch blocks
Some have been too deep for a shorter person (5'2") to use
without having to stand to get anything from the back. That leads to
some wasted space, as everything used on a regular basis is kept
within arm's reach.
Not enough drawers or shelves. But I have two shelf units that
I've added that help. Made for a stool and needs to be cut down to a
To use the top I must stand,and I cannot use the tray at my
height (5'2") despite adjusting the chair. I do flip the tray and
that helps somewhat but things can roll off. I would like to see a
sturdy pull-out tray about half way between top and tray bottom.
I found these benches impractical when it came to ergonomics.
The flat front and no drawers.
Not enough storage space.
It's flat in the front. I like a bench (see above) with a big
half-round cutout in the front and a nice heavy piece of leather as a
That I did not purchase it earlier in my career.
The most irritating thing is there never is enough space. Where
to clamp/affix the lighting is a constant frustration too.
The holes for ring mandrels are useless, too small and shallow.
The sliding tray is pretty much useless on it's upper shelf, too
shallow. I'd like to plumb it for a vacuum pickup, but the shelf is
in the way, I'd have to remake it to have space for the vacuum tube.
It could really use a pull out board for writing on. at elbow
level or just higher. I have used a bench with a writing board but it
was just under the bench top over the drawers on the right. After
raising the bench about three inches so I could sit straighter,(I
have a bad back), I could not use it for anything other then holding
a coffee cup. it was just under sholder level. really hard to write
The bench is made of inexpensive plywood. It's not substantial
enough to drill attachments into.
the door on the side, with holes to put burs in, does not open
all the way. when I reach in past the burs I sometimes get scraped by
Have drawers on only one side and would have preferred drawers
on both sides. I would have preferred to use drawer slides that are
more efficient (built it from Tim's plans)
Not enough space on the front surface--Iwould mount toos there
if I could. I wish I had afforded onewith drawers galore.
It lacked any racks to hang pliers but I fixed this by adding a
rack under the bench top.
The bench top is a little small, and I would like more drawers.
Not enough storage.
The drawer right under the top...it winds up like that kitchen
drawer everyone has...the whatnot drawer...loaded with everything
It is too low down for piercing work. I have to hunch over.
the build quality (brads and staples), and the composite top
it's dark in the back of the drawer.
My sweeps drawer is a little too low for me but I cannot change
that due to the design of the rollers.
storage and a large surface area. The drawers are often too
small and too long so tools tend to migrate to the back of the
drawer. The top of the bench tends to get cluttered.
No tool storage. As abilities increase, so does need for more
and more tools.
It isn't solid enough (wobbles a bit) and the top isn't thick
enough to allow stuff to be mounted into the face of it. Next time
I'd go for a 1.5-2 in thick surface instead of the 1 inch I've got.
The most irritating thing about my design is that the vinyl
pouch for catching filings is just a hair shy of catching everything.
I can correct this, but it is annoying right now. I wanted to go with
the vinyl pouch rather than the tray so I could fit tools under it on
the shelf beneath the pouch.
The slides on the drawers are cheap commercial slides that
The drawers don't go all the way to the back, so there is wasted
Well, when I bought it I thought it was solid wood, it turns out
to have some particle board, which is annoying. My fault for not
asking questions, but I still like it.
Bench pin gets in the way while working on the lower level.
the fact that it is made of wood, and sometimes... just
sometimes... catches on fire.
the bottom tray slides back in when I dont want it to. Needs a
brake or lock of some sort. 60. the pull out door "handles that are
just places to pich your fingers in