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Custom Workbenches Have Everything, Including Kitchen Sink
Melius Manufacturing takes customized workbenches to a new level. In addition to telescoping table extensions and built-in storage under, behind and above, the company has built workbenches with sinks and refrigerators.
While variations abound, a simple roll-around workbench without drawers will start at around $800. At the other end of the spectrum, a 16-ft. workbench with overhead cabinets, secondary shelves, and LED lights will start at $12,000.
Standard features include 1/2-in. steel tabletops set at a 38 in. height with 4 by 4-in. 11-gauge steel legs. Table joints have 1 1/2-in. sq. 11-gauge steel reinforcements. A 4-in. backsplash runs full length.
“We start with a basic welding table and then add options,” says Dana Melius, Melius Manufacturing. “We’ve done at least 70 variations over time.”
Options include the company’s unique table extension. Mounted to one or both ends, it slides out to provide a table-level rest for longer materials. A chop saw holder clamps on level with tabletops. Bending pegs for light bending slip into holes in the tabletop and through a second plate mounted beneath it.
More standard options include LED lighting, drawers and shelving, cabinets, and power strips. Vises can be mounted in multiple orientations, while doors can swing or slide. Space can be set aside for seating, as well as for a sink or refrigerator.
Melius workbenches are in use from New Jersey to Utah and Alabama to Ontario. However, the company is not limited to workbenches. They do custom griddles and outdoor stove tops on run-around cabinets, also with a wide variety of customizations. A recent Facebook post described a work truck project.
“We just wrapped this (work truck) project up for a local company that sets headstones,” said the post.
The project included a custom toolbox with a 70-gal. water tank on top, four 500-lb. rated drawers, and E-track tie-downs on the back. A short ladder on the side provides easy access to the flatbed, while a rack on the back carries two wheelbarrows, and a rack on the front carries a heavy-duty, 2-wheel cart. A second toolbox mounted underneath the flatbed holds bags of cement, and a sandbox was also mounted underneath for mixing concrete.
“We build to order,” says Melius. “If we haven’t done it before, we’ll try. We don’t just make cookie-cutter workbenches.”
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Melius Manufacturing, 303 E Main St., Crooks, S.D. 57020 (ph 605-216-4410; info@meliusmfgllc.com; www.meliusmfgllc.com; Facebook: Melius Manufacturing, LLC).

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