Danny Recommends: Husky Mobile Workbench
Every so often we dip our toes into a series called Danny Recommends:, posts that tip you off to the stuff that I…you know. The recommendations might be products for use in your ministry, resources that will help you develop leaders around you, or just fun stuff that you need. Want. Whatever. I have a full list of recommended books and such over at the Reading List, but these posts will go into further detail. For other posts in the series, check out the link at the bottom.
Occasionally I’ll get a question about how we outfit our First-Time Guest Tents: what materials we use, how we set it up, etc. One key component of the FTG Tent is the workstation: the place where we store, prep, and sometimes display our First-Time Guest Bags. (It’s also the spot for miscellaneous supplies like notepads and pens.)
We’ve seen an evolution in the workstation over the years:
- Almost two decades ago we started with a humble 4′ x 2′ Lifetime brand folding table with a spandex cover. The drawbacks: we couldn’t store anything underneath unless we bought a cutout table cover and added a plastic drawer (too many moving parts!). Plus, the table got wobbly over time…especially at mobile campuses.
- Then we experimented with custom-made options, built by a handy staff member or a local vendor (see examples here and here). And while those campuses are still using them (at least at the time of this writing), the wear and tear of moving them each week is significant. The construction materials tend to be too heavy to navigate door thresholds and concrete sidewalks, and we find ourselves replacing hinges and casters far too often.
Recently, we began testing the Husky Mobile Workbench, which can be purchased at Home Depot. We’ve now bought those for three campuses, and I’m sold. I think you ought to be, too.
- The Husky allows everything to live on-board: first-time guest bags, cups, office supplies…you name it. (See exactly how we have it set up in this post.)
- The locking drawer system allows us to secure it during the week…we know that supplies we left there on Sunday will be there the following Sunday.
- It’s built to last: we’ve used them at both mobile campuses and a permanent campus, and the week-to-week move (and trailer transport) hasn’t given the workstation any trouble.
- Oh, and this is not insignificant: the Husky is almost ready-to-go, right out of the box. You have to install the handle and casters, but it’s a simple job that even yours truly can handle.
If you’re looking for a sturdy, practical option for your first-time guest tent, Next Steps table, welcome center, whatever, I recommend the Husky Mobile Workbench.
Disclaimer: FTC watchdogs will probably want to know that the vendors listed / linked above did not ask for this endorsement, nor did they provide me with free swag in order to do so. I’m just a really satisfied fan who wants to let you know about helpful things. I only promote items that have benefitted me and that I believe will benefit you. So there.