This is a working prototype of the latest bench to be added to the Maguire Workbench range. At only 5’ in length it is rather on the small side for us, and it certainly feels that way after some of the huge benches that we’ve been building recently. This 5’ model is a first for our range despite a lot of requests to be building something for the smaller workshop and there are various reasons that we have held off for so long.
Every workbench that we build has to satisfy the two most vital requirements; it must provide a stable and rack free surface and it must enable you to hold work securely, quickly and in a variety of ways.
The first requirement is always the most difficult on a smaller workbench. The short length means that it has less weight to hold itself steady & even worse it makes the footprint of the base too compact to make it feel grounded or give any kind of stability. It hasn’t really been an option then to simply offer say our Artisan model at a 5’ length; the work involved would be the same which makes it very difficult to offer of a reduced price and yet the result is likely less stable than we would like.
This little bench has been designed from the ground up to tick all of the boxes within our brief; though the bench is small it had to cope with the rigours of hand tool use. The timbers used are of a substantial section to give weight and stability and most importantly the back legs are splayed so it is resistant to racking and will remain that way over time. The cost was a very important factor for us when designing this bench, there will always be lower quality benches out there that can be picked up for a very reasonable price but our aim was never be to build as cheap as possible. We wanted to offer a workbench that could be relied upon at the heart of the smaller hand tool workshop and one thing that we were sure to bear in mind was that it had to be fine enough to carry the mark ‘Made in England’!
Our English Workbench Video Series takes you step by step through a traditional bench build, starting out with a discussion on choosing the ideal dimensions, demonstrations of how to cut the joinery, right through to flattening your workbench top and building the face vice from scratch.
If you’d like us to guide you through your build with detailed videos and PDF plans, then you can find full details for this Workbench Series here.