Hi Gordon, I see your point and love to have the finest bench available but they come at a cost of between $1500 to $3000. I am not willing to spend that much at this time. $100 for the HF bench will have to do for now. It will be much better than what I currently have as a "bench" which is a cheap old shaky Formica top dining room table made of particle boards, with 4 wobbly metal legs.Gordon Guttmann wrote: ↑Sat Dec 30, 2017 3:36 amConsider that you will use this bench for years to come. I feel that obtaining the finest bench will make your hobby an even more point of pride in your work. I'm sure you've purchased many needless items at a fraction of the cost of a great bench. I have a special edition Ulmia bench with a large veneer drawer and top quality shoulder and tail vices. It weighs about 400 lbs. As you use a fine bench, you will begin to understand it and it's capabilities. With nice dogs you can join tops or backs and many other uses will evolve. My thinking is, don't go cheap because you will get cheap. It's very comforting to have a bench that does not move. Sometimes on Youtube I see someone planing wood and the bench is shaking and rolling, it gives me a laugh.
I don't think you have anything to worry about with moisture damage. If you get enough water on it to damage the particle board while building a guitars, you're doing something wrong. : ) Its lifespan is more likely to be affected by the joints in the frame, like legs and braces, and the drawers. Michael.N.'s suggestion, as well as bolting it to a wall would help there. You just don't want it to wobble, which will eventually make the joints loose.SteveL123 wrote: ↑Sat Dec 30, 2017 4:38 pmFrom Youtube reviews, I've learned the HF bench is not all solid wood. The top is not full 2" thick but 5/8" thick with 2" sides. There's also some particle boards used here and there. Is there a good cover material to apply over the particle boards (keep moisture out) to prolong its life?