Keep it simple, make it strong.
Give any woodworker a French bench, an English bench, a trestle and a door fitted out with original Victorian handle bench…
As long as they’re strong, they all work.
The same applies to vices.
A twin screw, leg vice or quick release; we may all develop our favourite given the choice, but they each will do the job all the same.
What you don’t want is a Bambi; a rickety, wobbly concoction.
To my mind over complicating the design is even more crippling; very rarely is the complicated one the best.
I was the simpleton at school, but simpletons build the best workbenches.
Planning To Build Your Own Workbench?
We’ve got a number of articles to help with your bench build and ensure that building a ‘proper’ workbench doesn’t have to take you all year or blow the budget.
Did you know that for hand tool woodworking, it’s preferable to only have one vice?
Read this article if you’d like help picking the best face vice for your workbench.
Or this one for a guide on how to build a simple yet sturdy workbench top.
It’s been an amazing project to do and I’ve learned a lot. I can honestly say if it wasn’t for you and Helen making these amazing videos I would probably of ended up with some YouTube screwed together thing! – Steven
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 Design Series here.