Workbenches are very important in DIY as they provide a stable surface for carrying out a whole range of tasks. There are different types of workbenches in different shapes and sizes, so when choosing a workbench it is important to consider what it will be used for most.
Workbenches can be fixed or freestanding and can vary in size and weight. They can be fitted with accessories or designed for a particular purpose.
The portable workbench is the most popular as it is simple to use and folds for easy storage. Two slats make up the top of the bench with a gap between them. The adjustable slats can be moved closer or further apart by simply turning the handles on the side of the bench. Materials can also be held in place by inserting toggles into the holes in the slats. Clamps can also be used with a portable workbench. The slats of some workbenches have measurement and angle calibrations marked on their surface as a guide for measuring or cutting. Many portable workbenches are fitted with a footrest that can be used to stabilise the bench by apply downward pressure with the foot.
The fixed workbench is bigger and generally found in workshops. This type of workbench is made of timber and far more suitable for working on large objects as they offer far greater stability. Although vices and clamps can be easily attached to the edges of the bench, the fixed workbench may incorporate a storage draw, a low shelf and an integral vice.
A pair of sawhorses is designed to support large pieces of material such as large sheets of plywood or plasterboard. Although the sawhorse has traditionally been made from wood, today they are more likely to be manufactured from metal or plastic and have an adjustable height and width. This type of sawhorse can also be folded away for easy storage.