Portable, because I don't have anywhere I can work and clean up dust easily except the kitchen, that has lino and flush skirtings for the cabinets (easy to sweep up). My design/fabrication business is set up in a spare room with carpets. Also I rent. I don't do house stuff except at my mum's, I'm mainly building and re-finishing small stuff, cutting down and combining furniture etc.
I've thought about making a tent outside with some poles and a tarp.
That bench looks pretty good, a quick glance at the reviews reveals it was once on offer at £35 which is a steal.. I'll keep an eye on that.
The one my mum had was really hench looking at these modern ones - it was made of thick plate steel with some holes in it probably to reduce weight. These newer designs seem a little skinny? Is that a weight thing, and we aren't sacrificing stability? I'm not very strong to apply downward force when sawing etc. (Quick Grips help a lot) My main concern is having a wobbly thing - weight doesn't matter as I can move stuff around no problem. It's sustained exertion that is tiring for me as I'm very unfit, so I need something very stable.
Oh and one other totally ridiculous tip I discovered from the other day - lubricating a hand saw. Yep, lubricating a saw with WD-40 actually reduces catching and cuts more cleanly with less wasted energy.
You never know what's worth trying until you try it. Just don't expect to paint over the cuts afterwards.