Sjobergs - Elite 2000 Workbench plus Cabinet Combo
SJÖBERGS of Sweden has been manufacturing top quality workbenches for over 80 years. Their entire product line of workbenches was designed to meet the needs of a modern day woodworker and to take...
This kit includes the following items:
- ELITE 2000 TOP
- ELITE TRESTLE 2000 2500
- SM04 Storage Cabinet For Elite 2500/2000 Benches
Item 153220Model 66703K
Item 158463Model 66736K
Item 145685Model ANA06024
- Table surface is 35-1/2" off the floor.
- Top is 71" long and 23-5/8" wide.
- Vises open 5-3/4", maximum clamping distance is 94-1/2".
- Storage cabinet included.
- Assembled weight is 341lb with storage cabinet.
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Articles & Blogs
Few vendors in Woodcraft’s history have been as colorful or as long-standing as Geoff Brown of Sjöbergs. In May , Woodcraft held its 19th National Sales Conference and Vendor Trade Show in Columbus, Ohio, and Geoff Brown has attended every one of them. Geoff and Yvonne, his wife of 55 years, announced their semi-retirement at this year’s event.
After our Woodcraft Magazine blog on the Wheelchair Woodworking Shop, we were contacted by Carl Smith, a disabled woodworker who uploaded his handmade workbench photo to our Woodcraft Facebook page. The bench has a built-in grate area to catch the shavings from his Jet lathe with bed extension. After some commentary back and forth, and a phone call or two, we were fortunate to learn about Carl and his story.
Elite 200 Workbench
The workbench itself and vise(s) live up to the Sjoberg reputation of craftsmanship, The workbench is well made, using quality materials and I am quite happy with it. If I were to buy another workbench I would buy this product and give it a higher rating. The "cabinet" that fits beneath the workbench is a whole different story. The drawer construction is below any woodworkers minimum expectations. The drawers are screwed together using "IKEA like" components. It screams I don't care in terms of design and quality of hardware components. The drawer slides are cheap stamped steel, they don't operate smoothly and can support very little weight. The drawer fronts are hardwood using stamped drawer pulls worth about 5 cents. The dividers in the cabinet had random, extra holes drilled and the case construction was missing holes. This is a plywood box with a CNC machine drilling some holes with no quality control. If they had used particle board there would be no difference between this cabinet and "IKEA like" or "ClosetMaide type" 'furniture' cabinets you could purchase for 15% of the cost at a big box store. What a piece of horse poo. If Sjoberg continues down this path of "quality" on their workbenches they deserve to go out of business. Very disappointed that they would put their name on this and call it craftsmanship quality.
An awesome workbench!
I have wanted to buy a top-notch workbench like this for years, but have not been able to afford one. I finally got mine this year, and am very happy with it. It was packed well and Woodcraft's shipper lowered it right onto my driveway without any help from me. I got some family members to help move it into the basement where I set it up. Everything went together perfectly, except for some screw holes on the backs of the drawers that were too big for the supplied screws -- I simply substituted bigger screws of my own and finished assembly of the cabinet. The top of this workbench is dead flat and the vises move easily yet have a tremendous grip. The supplied bench dogs are very strong and well-made. I am looking forward to using it for project assembly and to work on larger pieces of cabinetry components that were hard to hold without such a workbench.
Been using this bench for a year review
I have been using this bench for a year now. I still like the bench and will continue to use it every day. The only real problems I fine are with the vises. First mine is not parallel to the top when open. Not across or with the length. Out about 1/16" downward. I have to shim a board at the vise end when hand planing. Today my tail vise suddenly got very hard to move. No problem a little lube and we will be good to go. Nope. still Very hard to move. Removed the vise and took it a part for a good cleaning. What I found was gauld everywhere. The rub surfaces are steel to steel. The weldments where never flattened or squared. I am not sure if this problem can be repaired or not. Grease and/or oil will not keep these surfaces from gualding again. I still like my bench. The next question is would I recommend this to a friend? I would have to tell them about the vise problems and possibly recommend another bench. They did put a plastic slide on the sides, they should have put some on the bottom. I looked several months ago at vises and this one is in the $500.00 plus range.
Took about 3 hours to assemble, but worth the time. Can't wait to use it.
I have been looking for a good work bench for several years. I don't care for the euro style benches. This one is just like my old one except this one is sturdy and bigger. The cost is a little high but I think it will pay for itself. Vices are huge and sturdy. They have adjustments on the rectangular guides. Very beefy vices. Putting it together is a two man job. The top came in at about 200 pounds. Leg set was nothing compared to the top. Easy to assemble. I have not put the cabinets together yet. Instructions for the cabinets are a little lacking. Just pictures. But they should not be any trouble. The ONLY con I have with my new bench is that the faces of both vices and the edge board behind them are UNFINISHED. I would have thought they could have opened the vices to finish inside the vices. But that is a small problem and easily taken care of with a little oil. Bottom line: I like my new bench.
Elite 2000 is awesome!
I saw this bench 6 months ago at my local Woodcraft store and was completely impressed. It is a lot of money, but money well spent. I started a lay-away plan with an $800 deposit. I had no idea how long it would take to pay it off. Well 2 weeks ago Woodcraft had a 10% off sale which reduced my price by $215 if I paid it off that weekend. I sold some personal items to make the sale. My final price with tax was [$]. Every joint on this bench is absolutely perfect and flawless. I am astounded by this bench. I never imagined I would be so passionate about a bench. A lot of people advise me and say I should have built my own, would never happen, I challenge any woodworker to reproduce this massive bench for the same money. I looked at Pinnacle and Lie-Nielsen, but it is like comparing apples and oranges. Thanks SjobergsVP
Well made, strong and flat
I use this bench for all types of woodworking tasks. The top came very flat and is nice and heavy. The base is strong so there is no movement of the top or the bench when working on it. I've worked on Ulmia and Lie Nielsen benches and this is as good as and in some ways better than those benches. The under cabinet is a nice add-on and the quality is top notch; the assembly was a breeze.
Really Like the Bench a lot
It's very heavy just like I wanted. I can bounce my weight into it and it doesn't budge. I thought the cabinet was a little flimsy for what it cost. There was a little chip on one corner of the bench top that disgusted me but was too small to call and complain so I'll just live with it.
the best work bench in the world
i have checked just about every woodworking web site on the internet, and wood craft has the best selection of quality products with out a doubt with a reasonable price. in the past year i have spent $51,000.00 in my wood working shop. many of my woodworking tools and supplies came from woodcraft. i always look on the wood craft website first, before any of the other companies. buddy a.