I live in a NYC apartment and am looking to install a workbench. We were able to acquire the one bedroom apartment next door to our existing apartment and have combined, and will convert the former 1BR small kitchen into a very small combi work/mud/storage room. The relevant dimensions of the room are approximately 61" x 69", but the bench can't have a depth of more than 22.5".
I'd like to have a space to attach my ski vice (Toko World Cup), have room to store basic tuning tools as well as bicycle tools, and just have a place for small projects. I'm not especially handy, so no major projects. The rest of the room will have shelves for storage to get the clutter out of the rest of the apartment.
Does anyone have any recommendations for whether I should just buy a pre-made 5-foot workbench, or build something myself? (Most of the pre-built benches I've seen are too deep for this space.) Does anyone have experience with Sears, Home Depot, or elsewhere for pre-built options?
If building it, does anyone have specific ideas for someone who isn't an experienced woodworker? Although I've designated this space as the man cave, I'm not sure my wife buys it 100% and I have to get the job done quickly and well.
PS: No need for dedicated beer storage, as the kitchen is right down the hall.