Most guys have had at least one impractical girlfriend in their lifetime: gorgeous, exotic, passionate, exciting to hold... but at the same time, expensive to buy for and hard to please. I've had mine for about a year now, and though my wife of 23 years is aware of her existence, she doesn't feel threatened. It IS, after all, just a gun-- a Remington 788 rifle customized to a .358 Winchester caliber, to be exact-- and I love her. Unfortunately, the .358 is a more expensive round than a .30-06 (about $45 for a box of 20) and vastly harder to find, as the number of suppliers continues to dwindle. On the other hand, she feels oh-so sweet to shoot and aims true. Like I said, the impractical girlfriend. I'm telling you this because I've resolved to tackle my dilemma with her by taking up reloading. I've already got the brass, the dies, a reloading kit and (thank goodness) a buddy who knows how to use it. The only thing I need now is a workbench. Leave it to Harbor Freight Tools to have just the ticket-- the Windsor Design 60" 4-Drawer Hardwood Workbench.
This workbench has a rock-solid lacquered wood top and its four drawers are felt-lined to protect your finer tools. There's also a bottom shelf for larger tools and containers, and a wood block vise for sanding, drilling, etc. So, lots of work space, lots of storage.
Check out this sweet set-up a customer posted on 1911Forum.com. This is something like what I have in mind:
The Windsor Design 60" Hardwood Workbench (#93454) is fast and easy to assemble (takes about 2 hours, if the consensus of customer reviews is to be believed). As the above picture demonstrates, it offers a certain amount of flexibility, like installing two drawers instead of four. Going through the reviews, I've seen guys add lockable casters for mobility-- or even a Trailer Jack on one or both sides to completely eliminate any shimmy.
There are so many uses for this workbench, I can only scratch the surface. Whether you're into woodworking, crafts, electronics, metal projects, jewelry-making, repairing, have an art studio, micro-brewing. etc., it's the best deal out there.
Thinking Outside of the Box: In my research I was impressed to find people who purchased Harbor Freight's workbench for other than its obvious purpose. For example, in one of our customer reviews:
"This will sound silly, but a few people might spot this review and love the idea: My wife and I needed a baby changing table. All the ones we found were flimsy, had little storage, and were ridiculously over-priced. Then we spotted this bench on sale. It's an incredibly perfect changing table, and once the kids are done with diapers I'll get a nice workbench out of the deal! (An actual changing table would end up being gifted or donated and the investment is lost. This one will be around for years)." Workbench Daddy - Pasadena, CA
Another customer converted their workbench into a kitchen island:
Still another bought TWO hardwood workbenches, mated them end-to-end, and now uses them as an outfeed table for their table saw.
The subject of casters came up several times. Some guys love the mobility that casters give the workbench, but others complained that even locking casters have a little sideway shimmy which can be a pain when you're doing precision work. Their solution (and I loved this) was to either put two casters on one side of the table with a Trailer Jack mounted on the other... or affix trailer jacks on BOTH sides. Genius!
There's a wealth of insight: usage ideas, assembly tips and other information in the Windsor Design Workbench product page customer reviews, and through Google searches. Treating the wood with wax from time to time can add to its lifespan and resilience, too.
The 60" workbench from Harbor Freight is the ideal solution to help solving my girlfriend problem, but I'm sure I'll be using it for a lot of other things, too. If only all relationship problems were so easy.