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If you have the talent, tools and tasks that warrant having a real workbench, then you won?t complain when ?the holes don?t line-up? or ?gee, this isn?t 10-gauge steel like it was when grampa was a boy?. Get over yourself. Figure it out. Fix it. That?s what men do. I bought the 8-foot workbench frame, black pegboard back, stainless top, and a pair of underneath units (3-drawer and shelf). If you are going to go all-in like that, set-aside a day, get someone to work with you, read ALL of the instructions before you open the first bag of bolts. It also helps to read all of the reviews (even the whiney ones). Be ready to improvise and know how to use the tools you have. If, on the other hand, you are buying this to keep up with the Jones? or to fill a deep void left by a distant daddy?then save your money and go see a chick flick. This unit is engineered to use the least amount of steel balanced with the highest degree of structural integrity possible. The parts are stamped, pressed and punched in a factory and if things don?t line up, then loosen all the bolts, get-out your carpenter?s square, and start from one corner and make things straight, tightening as you go. If you read all the instructions beforehand, you know not to center the bench top if you bought the pegboard and to leave out the B-rail stiffeners and no, the light bar doesn?t come with light bulbs. Here?s something I learned: If you buy the drawer unit, fasten the slides to the vertical supports BEFORE you fasten the A-support (inside) under the bench. Attach the rails to the drawer sides and once you put the A-support and front cross-brace in, the doors will glide in. For the 3-drawer, fasten the slides to the first, fifth and 14th row of holes on both the A-support and the outside bench support. Oh, and screw the A-support feet all the way up so you have some room to maneuver until you have the unit in place to level for the last time. Follow the same concept on the shelving unit and you will be okay. I shopped the Sears Outlet website to find bargains, returns and opened items and I saved about 40%. Sure, it took a day or two to round-up the components?but it was worth it. Now get up off your fanny and get to work!
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8' Workbench Frame
I wrote a review when i first purchased the 8 ft workbench and gave it an excellent rating. Since then I purchased a 5 drawer to mount under the bench. THE FRAME HAS TO BE MODIFIED WITH A HACKSAW SO THE DRAWER SUPPORT WILL FIT INTO POSITION. This is a DESIGN FLAW. The three support beams are cut exactly the same with only one notch in the top of each beam. The bottom beam should have a cut in the bottom and top to accept the support .
As a stand alone workbench it is a good purchase, but when you add a 5 drawer assemby on either side get a metal saw and cut a v notch in the 8 ft cross support !