Nicholson Workbench with Veritas Twin Screw Vise

  • Advertise with us
Blog entry by Thomas C. posted 03-22-2022 08:06 PM 637 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just moved into a new home with enough room to finally build a dedicated 16’ x 13’ workshop which was a welcomed change from my small 6’x8’ unpowered shed – especially during the frost Canadian winters. Seeing the price of lumber I decided to build an English Workbench to save $$ for projects. I read and watched every bit of information I could find from Richard Maguire, Rex Krueger, Chris Schwarz, and any blog post I could find. I worked out that I wanted a shorter 72” bench to be around 35.5” high and 24” deep. I was planning on building a leg vice but my wife surprised me with a Veritas Twin Screw for my birthday – so my plans changed slightly as I redesigned my bench to accommodate it.

Bench in it the final form is constructed from SPF and 72” x 24” x 35.5” with a 33” vice which allows a 24” board to fit between the screws. The front jaw of the vice is a lamination of some cherry and poplar – they just happened to be the hardwoods I had that met my needs.

I ended up using eight 2” x 12” x 16” boards that I broke down into components and allowed to dry in my basement. Just wanted to share some photos, I’m not particularly good at writing blogs or how-tos but only one way to learn. I should note that everything was cut and dimensioned by hand, only using powered drills to drive in screws etc simply because I don’t own a bit and brace.

I needed a planning stop and some bench dogs so I went to the local home depot to comb through their culled lumber pile where I found a stip of oak flooring transition as well as a couple of broken pieces of 3/4” dowel – lucky me!

Bench structure without center or end supports in place

Finished bench with vice installed

Planing stop

Vice, stops, and bench dogs in action

Thought I would share and hopefully inspire newcomers to start building and worry about the fine details later on. I was definitely overcome with analysis-paralysis going between every style of bench. Glad I decided on this because building a bench without a bench is certainly a task in creativity.


3 comments so far

View Eric's profile


5736 posts in 1365 days

#1 posted 03-23-2022 12:26 AM

Looks good, a very good build. More so when one does not have a bench to start with. Well done.

Saw horses and plywood was my temporary bench.

-- Eric, building the dream. the "Loft"

View BigAl98's profile


311 posts in 4531 days

#2 posted 03-23-2022 02:36 AM

I built my shop up from a cabinet saw first. Then I built a cutoff table 4×8 behind it. Then I built the workbench 96” long 21st-Century Workbench designed Robert W. Lang. I don’t recall using any saw horses to build the under carraige of the table since the legs where essentially flat top A structures and I could put them together on my saw table cutoff table. Then you connect the two flat top A structures with a cross beam either side, tusk tennon the cross beams into the A structures Then you use the cross beam connected A constructs to support the table top….easy peasy.

-- Al,Midwest -To thine own self be true

View Dave Polaschek's profile

Dave Polaschek

10487 posts in 2074 days

#3 posted 03-25-2022 01:24 AM

Looks nice. Might want a couple dog-holes in the top of the vice for clamping boards from the side. I do that a lot, both for long stuff where I’m working on one end of it, as well as for short little pieces that I plane towards the back.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics