Wandering through Home Depot the other day, I found a new addition to Husky’s line of adjustable height tables. It features the same base and top as their 52″ model, but has two full-width drawers mounted underneath the benchtop for extra storage.
The table top can be raised and lowered with a manual crank. When using the table with polypropylene casters (included), the workbench height can be adjusted from 29″ to 42″. Alternatively, if you use the supplied leveling feet, the total height is lowered by 3″.
Here’s a summary of the features:
- Total dimensions: 52″ W x 24″ D x 26″ to 42″ H
- Total weight: 70 lbs
- Total load capacity: 300 lbs
- Top drawer: 40″ W x 8.12″ D x 2.25″ H, 15 lbs load capacity
- Bottom drawer: 40″ W x 16″D x 2.25″ H, 35 lbs load capacity
- 3″ x 2″ PPR swivel casters with locking brakes
- 1.2″ thick worktop
The top is constructed from hardwood cutoffs finger-jointed into strips and laminated together to form stable solid wood surface measuring 1.2″ thick, 52″ wide, and 24″ deep. The frame is 3 mm steel with a powder-coated finish.
The workbench is available in two colors, white and black. The white-finish version of the table is a special buy right now at $199. I saw it in store, but I can’t guarantee whether your local Home Depot carries either table in stock. The black-finish version is priced at $249.
Price: $199 (white), $249 (black)
I’ve been pretty happy with Husky’s 46″ adjustable height table. I purchased one to create a standing desk for my computer that could be adjusted to the height of each family member and still be usable as a sitting desk.
I actually don’t use it as a standing desk very often, because I’ve been planing to build a motorized height adjustment that would automatically go to the pre-programmed sitting and standing positions, but I haven’t gotten around to that yet.
The table top and frame are very solid and there is no discernible play in the height adjustment mechanism. The table doesn’t move when I’m typing seated or standing.
I originally was going to use leveling feet, because I was afraid that even when they were locked, the casters would make the table wiggle too much, but to my surprise they actually keep the table pretty steady when I’m typing.
An unforeseen benefit of using the casters was that I could easily roll the table away from the wall and get access to all my cables, or to clean behind it if I ever needed to.
I was a little bummed when I spotted this table the other day. I would have to do a lot of rearranging to get a 52″ table in the same place, but having two full width drawers might have been worth the effort.
The fact that the top drawer is only 8″ deep bothers me a little. It’d be nice if both drawers were full depth. The reason the top drawer is shorter is the mechanism for adjusting the height that connects to both legs, runs down the middle of the underside of the table.
The description still states that the table has “an overhang so that you can easily attach your vise grips or clamps while working on a project.” The new drawers seem to interfere with that functionality, but I suppose you still have that capability on the rear side of the table.