A portable workbench travels with you wherever you need it. About $100 buys a fold-up work center with a top around 2 feet by 3 feet, good for mixing paint, pasting wallpaper, setting up tools, and cutting lumber. Says Norm, "I like a great big table made simply from a sheet of ¾-inch plywood on a pair of sawhorses, but I've seen some of the guys work great with a folding bench."

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