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Garage Workbench - Montgomery 910x1200x540mm $29 @ Bunnings


Saw it on Bunnings homepage. Probably won't find one for less. New product?

Grey powder coated finish
Cross bracing for addesd stability
Non-marking rubber feet
Flush top working surface
Keyhole assembly

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  • Awesome OP! Been waiting for a work bench to go on special. Anyone have an idea of when it ends? Won't be home from overseas until Sunday :(

  • Seems like a decent brand. Bought a couple of their garage racking the other day. So far holding together well

  • Seems good but mdf is a problem, will sag ovetime and not exactly a weatherproof material

  • Hmmm I was looking for one with a pegboard

  • Good that it is one with keyhole assembly.

    I bought some cheap ones that were nut and bolt assembly - never again, no matter how cheap they are.

  • +2 votes

    I got a similar one of these from Masters and its been really handy.

    If you want to make it look nicer & have a more durable top stick some of these on: https://www.bunnings.com.au/winton-305-x-305mm-finger-wood-s...

    • +2 votes

      Seconded. I built a workbench with an MDF top, and after I started using it, I started getting sores on my forearms where they rested against the bench. Turns out the binder in MDF is urea formaldehyde, which is an irritant: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urea-formaldehyde#Health_conce...

      Make sure the tiles go slightly past the edges. You might be able to use a heat gun to bend the tiles over the edges, but I haven't tried that, I used some aluminium L-bracket on the edges of my bench.

      • Do you think painting it or sealing it with something would do the same thing?

        • +2 votes

          I don't know, some chemicals can migrate through paint. Apparently urea formaldehyde can be gaseous. The aluminium brackets solved it for me, I imagine the floor tiles would make it even better.

      • Is all binder in MDF urea formaldehyde?

        • I don't know, but according to the Wikipedia page for MDF, "Formaldehyde resins are commonly used to bind together the fibres in MDF, and testing has consistently revealed that MDF products emit free formaldehyde and other volatile organic compounds that pose health risks at concentrations considered unsafe, for at least several months after manufacture."

        • @Russ:

          I doubt they would be released for public consumption if hazardous to your health. That is just a lawsuit waiting to happen…

        • @serpserpserp:

          I doubt they would be released for public consumption if hazardous to your health.

          And yet you can still buy tobacco products and alcohol. Also plenty of medicines have side effects that are dangerous for a small percentage of the population.

          Ever heard of "new car smell"? Well, "That new car smell comes from an assortment of chemicals, some of which can be highly toxic" and "Benzene, toluene, formaldehyde, and heavy metals are all part of the mix."

          Reference: http://www.bbc.com/autos/story/20160315-is-new-car-smell-bad...

        • @Russ:

          It is the concentration that is the issue. Lots of things have "bad" chemicals in it when you buy it.

          Still a lawsuit waiting to happen. If the new car smell thing is really that bad for you then VW might be in a bit of trouble again in a few years!

  • Cross bracing for addesd stability

    Anyone got one of these already? I'd like to see a picture with the bracing installed, Bunning's pictures don't show it.

    • There is no actual cross-bracing like you expect. Protection from racking comes from the rails hooking into two holes and the mdf forces the four rails at each level to remain planar.

      • There appears to be 2 slots at each horizontal beam which could be slots to accommodate 2 braces per shelf.

  • The top doesn't seem to be screwed in on these so the mdf does move around a little.

  • As they say in the listing it definitely is light duty, don't expect to be able to do any real work on without it ending in tears. Also 910mm is quite short for a workbench if you're over 5'8" or so.

    • So you probably couldn't attach a vice to it?

      • Could you vs. should you?

        I wouldn't personally as the idea of a heavy vice sitting on the edge of an unsecured MDF sheet on a flimsy shelf (because this really is just a shelving unit) that probably isn't secured to the wall or ground doesn't inspire confidence.

  • cheers OP - was looking for something to use as a potting bench [or other stuff] in the outdoor area. it is thin and lightweight but the display model i saw seemed relatively stable. will replace the top MDF with some timber slatting or similar.

    from vague memory the other workbench i was considering was around $90'ish?
    the more expensive one is probably a bit sturdier but for the price i am happy to give it a go [otherwise it can always be used up in the shed for light work/storage].

    p.s anyone know if this is a permanent price or one of Bunnings mass purchase temp buys? the store i went to only had 3 left on the pallet, plus display model, so it seems popular.

  • For the price you can't go wrong really for just some benches to rest all ya crap on. Nice one.