This year’s new bench isn’t really new at all. Instead it’s a meatier, longer version of our very popular Little John Workbench. It’s been a year since we introduced the 5′ version and I’ve been really surprised and grateful for the fantastic response we’ve received. When I first designed it I had a 6′ version in mind to go alongside and now that’s just what we’ve done. It has a wider solid top section at the front, slightly beefed up sections including a heavier weight jaw and of course our new Pin less cross mechanism.
Looking at this workbench next to our Artisan model it really is substantial – there’s nothing ‘Little’ about it at all. It has a good weight and that splay on the back legs makes it physically impossible to rack – overall I am certainly very pleased with it. The best part about it is we get all of this strength from less components and less work than what goes in to an Artisan. This means that we can offer this model at a much lower price – £1295.00
We’ve had a good think about the name and the obvious option was ‘Big John’ but then that had too much of a toilet feel to it. I also use the bench initials to label any templates and this gave me more reason for concern.
That splayed leg has such a distinctive look and so we’ve decided to stick by the original name so here we have The 6′ Little John Workbench.
Update: At the present time we’re not building any workbenches for sale, however we have many resources on this website that will help guide you with your own workbench build.
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.
We’re now offering the option to add a shelf to the base of any Little John Workbench. We’ll be taking our 6′ one along to the European Woodworking Show this coming weekend and for any orders placed at the show we’ll be adding the shelf free of charge.
As with all of our workbenches orders for the 6′ Little John can be placed with a £50 deposit over in our web shop.