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.
And 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 bench.
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.