Customers’ Bench Builds

by | May 3, 2013 | 3 comments

So far this year we’ve been busier than ever with our vices and we’ve been boxing them up and shipping them out to every corner of the globe. Many customers are kind enough to take the time and send us through photos of their completed benches and here’s a couple that have been finished up this week.

Martin – UK

Building a workbench can be a special and sometimes daunting project and the journey can involve a lot of planning and forethought. It’s not uncommon for us to exchange several emails with a customer regarding their workbench design, trying to help out and clear up some of the queries along the way. So when a photo comes through with the final result it’s a real treat. The quality and attention to detail never fails to impress us but the part we really enjoy is seeing how the benches always have their own personality despite often starting out with a similar design and the same hardware.

Corrie – USA

If you are browsing our vices in the online shop then you may notice that our Pinless leg vice is temporarily unavailable. We are very low on the shaft systems so are currently prioritising what we have left for use in our own workbench builds. We’re waiting on new stock so if you are interested then please get in touch.

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  1. douglas

    Martin’s looks really great – a touch of flat paint gets the Shaker feel, a flush front and deadman, pinless leg vice and the excellent wagon… If I was building my next tomorrow it would look a lot like that one.
    By the way, I would never make another bench without a deadman – easy to design in, and I use it far more than I ever imagined I would. And (Richard) you were right about the twin-screw I did… for what I do I don’t need it and the next will be a leg.

    • Martin Hobson

      Thanks Douglas. I kept looking at benches I really liked and in the end I loved the shaker benches most but didn’t want to fill the underneath with cupboards (Chris Schwarz influenced). Also as I was using different hardwoods, partly to use what I already had, I felt it needed a ‘background’ of painted redwood which holds the 4 different hardwoods (ash, oak, beech, maple) together visually.

  2. Nic Bitting

    Martin, I agree that is a very handsome bench. Well done sir.


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