Folding DIY Work Bench only £10.97 @ Wilkinsons instore (or delivered + £4.95)
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Folding DIY Work Bench only £10.97 @ Wilkinsons instore (or delivered + £4.95)

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Found 27th Feb 2012
Not exactly a Black & Decker, but the last one of these I had lasted over 6 years and so have just replaced with this one, which at £10.97 is the best price around currently, since they're about £15 elsewhere.

Because they are lightweight, they aren't really suited to trade use, but for DIY I find that they are easier to move around and setup for most jobs, like cutting laminate flooring, or cabinet assembly, where you don't need or want to lug around a heavy workbench.They also fold up to a very slim size, about 4" so easy to store / wall mount.

The instructions supplied aren't brilliant, but it's not difficult to put together, 12 bolts, and 16 screws, and only takes about 20 minutes.Don't worry, the frames seem quite flimsy whilst putting together, but once correctly assembled the finished bench is actually fairly strong, and can handle a load of approx 100kg! (I have used one in an emergancy to stand on once and I weigh more than that!).Just take care with the handles, and the surface which is laminated MDF, so avoid getting damp or wet as otherwise it may swell.

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These are beyond useless. So flimsy that you can't trust them to support a cup of tea.
If you want to cut something on a stable surface then you would be better off resting it on your elbow.

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termite

These are beyond useless. So flimsy that you can't trust them to support … These are beyond useless. So flimsy that you can't trust them to support a cup of tea.If you want to cut something on a stable surface then you would be better off resting it on your elbow.


I'd like to see you do that please.........photo's would be appreciated

Hasn't it always been this price ?

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termite

These are beyond useless. So flimsy that you can't trust them to support … These are beyond useless. So flimsy that you can't trust them to support a cup of tea.If you want to cut something on a stable surface then you would be better off resting it on your elbow.



Maybe you just need to get small cups!? lol....
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3614/3607644859_750788d3f3.jpg

Seriously, as I say this aren't designed for heavy use, but for the average DIY job, absolutely fine, and once assembled are not flimsy as long as you put them together correctly, and obviously go around and fully tighten all the bolts only once you've got everything aligned properly, and sitting flat on the floor.I've actually got my Erbauer mitre saw sitting on mine ready for cutting a load of flooring tomorrow, and I'm sure that weighs more than a cup of tea!:D

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5park

Hasn't it always been this price ?



Possibly, but whilst not a reduction, it is the best price currently available for one of these.

Maplins were doing them for £7.99 the other week (didn't have any stock or I'd have got one then) but have now put them up to £19.99!
Edited by: "HAL2000" 27th Feb 2012

termite

These are beyond useless. So flimsy that you can't trust them to support … These are beyond useless. So flimsy that you can't trust them to support a cup of tea.If you want to cut something on a stable surface then you would be better off resting it on your elbow.



Nonsense. I have similar and it's fine for pretty much any DIY task. Of course it isn't professional standard at 11 quid!

5park

Hasn't it always been this price ?



Yes, they can usually be found around the £10 mark and are decent enough for DIY jobs. They're a bit of a pain to put together but what do you want for a tenner?

Good deal ( for what it is )

its ok for cutting light diy jobs and resting a tin a paint on that's about it, its made out of mdf. once saw a chap at work stand on one to fix a light fitting and he went right through it. if you have a router and some 3/4 ply duplicate the mdf and you will have yourself a handy piece of kit.

asda have them for £9.brought one today

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They're a bit of a pain to put together but what do you want for a … They're a bit of a pain to put together but what do you want for a tenner?



Could you not buy another which would make for easier assembly of the original one;)

There are a few of these that look the same but they are not. The width, construction and weight bearing capacities all vary.

Most of them can be improved by the addition of a diagonal cross brace.

leekickass

asda have them for £9.brought one today



"brought" - LOL!

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xigent

Most of them can be improved by the addition of a diagonal cross brace.



Thanks for this idea.
It's very simple, and yet would be very effective, don't know why I didn't think of it myself!

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leekickass

asda have them for £9.brought one today



Was in Asda in Bletchley over the weekend and can confirm that they do indeed have a very similar folding workbench (Draper brand) for only £9.00, so obviously a better deal.Having said that like me you may not have an Asda neaby, wheras I do have a Wilko's within 8 miles, so with the fuel costs the Wilko's one may still work out cheaper for you, unless you're making a trip to an Asda anyway.
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