This week I’ve completed what may be my last few ‘Empire’ workbenches. The Empire is a model that I designed to allow me to offer a solid bench with a lower price tag and it’s been in production for a couple of years. The design was heavily influenced by the typical traditional English benches that are often refered to as the Nicholson. The distinguishing feature is a deep front apron attached to the top.
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.
This has always been a popular bench but since we launched our ‘Little John’ we opted to take the Empire off the market. Having too many ‘standard’ models on offer can over complicate things and we feel that the Little John better achieves what we were aiming at all along.
A couple of the just completed ‘Empires’ are to satisfy some remaining orders but I built an extra one for good measure – This workbench now needs a new home.
The specification is as follows:
Single screw face vice
Flip stop down the centre of the top
If you’re interested then you can find our contact details here.
I’ll certainly be coming back to the English bench from time to time. I envisage some more one-off, slightly unique versions such as this oak one. It’s arguably my favourite style of workbench – but then that depends on which way the wind’s blowing.