Lacquered on both top and underside for maximum protection, the bench top is laminated, kiln-dried beech. Beech is a particularly good choice, being tough and resilient. A laminated construction results in a stable and rigid worktop that will remain flat. The bench top is 30mm thick with a 90mm deep apron. The large working surface is 1,550 x 500mm (overall including the vices, the bench is 1700 x 650mm). Both the front and end vices have a double row of bench dog holes extending the width and length of the worktop. This allows you to hold workpieces of a wide variation in size or shape (four bench dogs included). The 360mm long vices have steel guide bars either side of a strong central screw, the maximum opening is 130mm. The under frame is solid beech. Dog holes in the legs allow you to clamp items vertically. A full length shelf in the base offers storage for larger tools or materials. Supplied flat packed with full instructions for assembly.
All Axminster workbenches are lacquered top and bottom to help maintain flatness. However, if your workshop is known to get damp, you may need to add more layers of lacquer to help prevent movement.
|Overall L x W x H||1,700 x 650 x 850mm|
|Thickness of Top||30mm|
30 March 2017
Not greatThis bench has received two 5-star reviews, but the reviewers had only just assembled their benches and had not yet used them. I am posting this review after using my bench over the winter. Like the last reviewer, neither of the vices were level with the bench top - they were not even horizontal. I have managed to sort them out with a bit of work, but it should not have been necessary. My garage is not particularly damp, but after several months the bench top is slightly warped, and some of the beech blocks have visibly expanded. I can live with it, but it makes a nonsense of Axminster's claim of " a stable and rigid worktop that will remain flat." Oh, and the bench and the vices are too light and flimsy for serious woodwork, I have reinforced mine with a sheet of 18 mm ply screwed across the back and I will bolt it to the garage floor. I have been very pleased with Axminster's prices and their excellent service, but this experience has made me wary of buying any more of their own-brand products. This bench will do me until I build something heavier and stronger, but I don't think it was good value for money.
21 February 2017
Good, but not brilliantMy wife bought me one of these benches as an anniversary present, at my request. While putting it together one of the legs broke, at the hole where one of the bench dogs are stored, but I have lots of clamps and use very good glue. My main bug-bear is that neither of the vices are flush with the bench top, they're proud by 3 and 4mm. Hopefully, for anyone else considering this bench, this is an isolated instance.
15 February 2016
ExcellentI have been trying to decide for a while whether to build my own bench or purchase one (with a limited budget) and visited the Nuneaton store last week to have a look at what was on offer. As usual the staff were extremely helpful and I quickly decided to go ahead and purchase the Axminster 1700 and took it away with me. I didn't go for the storage cupboard option as I will make my own in due course. I assembled the bench yesterday, which was very straightforward, and am well pleased with the end result - sturdy and the size suits my workshop layout ideally.
30 December 2015
Excellent all roundThis workbench is brilliant. It is quick and easy to assemble using some basic tools. The beech components are well finished off and make a very sturdy and stable workbench. The two vices are well made and together with the four bench dogs make a very practical woodworking surface. I would highly recommend this bench for any small workshop such as a garage. Good value, prompt delivery can't wait to give it a test drive!