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DIY advice - work bench + vice for Christmas 17:37 - Nov 17 with 563 viewscaught-in-limbo

Our garage is being cleared out and chap is making noises about tools and making things.

Any recommendations for a good workbench suitable for cutting big bits of wood on and drilling holes in things?

(last time I asked about barbecues and then ignored everybody's advice and I'm regretting it now because the one we got is a pig to clean)

Any advice will be very welcome.

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DIY advice - work bench + vice for Christmas on 17:55 - Nov 17 with 537 viewsfactual_blue

My old work colleague Howler used to tell the story if his next door neighbour who got a Black & Decker workmate bench for Christmas.

Said neighbour proudly set the back up in the garden, clamped a piece of wood in, got his power saw, and set to work.

He finished sawing and unclamed the wood.

The bench promptly fell apart.

He'd managed to saw it in half.

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DIY advice - work bench + vice for Christmas on 18:06 - Nov 17 with 519 viewsGuthrum

For folding workbenches, most apart from the very cheap ones are pretty good. Think I paid about £50 for mine. Black & Decker Workmate the obvious classic.

For larger stuff (e.g. doors) recently bought myself a proper pair of trestles/saw horse. Saves a lot of swearing.

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DIY advice - work bench + vice for Christmas on 18:13 - Nov 17 with 506 viewsRyorry

DIY advice - work bench + vice for Christmas on 18:06 - Nov 17 by Guthrum

For folding workbenches, most apart from the very cheap ones are pretty good. Think I paid about £50 for mine. Black & Decker Workmate the obvious classic.

For larger stuff (e.g. doors) recently bought myself a proper pair of trestles/saw horse. Saves a lot of swearing.


A good bit of swearing can be very therapeutic tho (depending on your neighbours' attitudes ...)

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DIY advice - work bench + vice for Christmas on 18:13 - Nov 17 with 507 viewsSpruceMoose

DIY advice - work bench + vice for Christmas on 17:55 - Nov 17 by factual_blue

My old work colleague Howler used to tell the story if his next door neighbour who got a Black & Decker workmate bench for Christmas.

Said neighbour proudly set the back up in the garden, clamped a piece of wood in, got his power saw, and set to work.

He finished sawing and unclamed the wood.

The bench promptly fell apart.

He'd managed to saw it in half.



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DIY advice - work bench + vice for Christmas on 18:17 - Nov 17 with 493 viewsBenters

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I wet myself ! What a funny story.

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DIY advice - work bench + vice for Christmas on 18:19 - Nov 17 with 493 viewsfactual_blue

DIY advice - work bench + vice for Christmas on 18:17 - Nov 17 by Benters

I wet myself ! What a funny story.


You don't need a funny story to do that though, do you?

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DIY advice - work bench + vice for Christmas on 18:19 - Nov 17 with 490 viewsGuthrum

DIY advice - work bench + vice for Christmas on 18:13 - Nov 17 by Ryorry

A good bit of swearing can be very therapeutic tho (depending on your neighbours' attitudes ...)


Not when it's getting dark, beginning to rain and you only have that day to get the doors trimmed (thank you carpet fitters).

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DIY advice - work bench + vice for Christmas on 18:20 - Nov 17 with 487 viewsSpruceMoose

DIY advice - work bench + vice for Christmas on 18:19 - Nov 17 by factual_blue

You don't need a funny story to do that though, do you?


I think there's a permanent aquatic ecosystem down there.

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DIY advice - work bench + vice for Christmas on 18:20 - Nov 17 with 487 viewsBenters

DIY advice - work bench + vice for Christmas on 18:19 - Nov 17 by factual_blue

You don't need a funny story to do that though, do you?


Kelly Brook.

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DIY advice - work bench + vice for Christmas on 18:27 - Nov 17 with 478 viewscaught-in-limbo

DIY advice - work bench + vice for Christmas on 18:06 - Nov 17 by Guthrum

For folding workbenches, most apart from the very cheap ones are pretty good. Think I paid about £50 for mine. Black & Decker Workmate the obvious classic.

For larger stuff (e.g. doors) recently bought myself a proper pair of trestles/saw horse. Saves a lot of swearing.


I think I'm probably a bit out of my depth here. I think I might just have to get him to choose what he wants.

Is the B&D Workmate actually any good or does to generally fall apart when you use it?

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DIY advice - work bench + vice for Christmas on 18:40 - Nov 17 with 447 viewsRyorry

DIY advice - work bench + vice for Christmas on 18:19 - Nov 17 by Guthrum

Not when it's getting dark, beginning to rain and you only have that day to get the doors trimmed (thank you carpet fitters).


Ah ... yep, saw-horse good idea ...

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DIY advice - work bench + vice for Christmas on 20:05 - Nov 17 with 392 viewsMedwayTractor

DIY advice - work bench + vice for Christmas on 17:55 - Nov 17 by factual_blue

My old work colleague Howler used to tell the story if his next door neighbour who got a Black & Decker workmate bench for Christmas.

Said neighbour proudly set the back up in the garden, clamped a piece of wood in, got his power saw, and set to work.

He finished sawing and unclamed the wood.

The bench promptly fell apart.

He'd managed to saw it in half.


How ironic, because that's why the original workmate was invented, after the chap used one of his dining chairs as a saw horse & sawed it in half.

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DIY advice - work bench + vice for Christmas on 20:17 - Nov 17 with 371 viewsbluemurder

I take it you’ve seen Burn After Reading?
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DIY advice - work bench + vice for Christmas on 20:26 - Nov 17 with 363 viewsNewcyBlue

https://www.machinemart.co.uk/p/cwb-r1-workbench-red/?da=1&TC=GS-040317705&gclid

Something like that with a bolt on vice would be my bet.

Can’t beat a couple of saw horses for the bigger stuff though.
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DIY advice - work bench + vice for Christmas on 20:37 - Nov 17 with 356 viewsMcCarthyEra

I got a couple of cheapie work benches from Wickes some years ago, like a black and decker "workmate", but smaller and a great deal cheaper.....they were good and lasted well, despite much building site use and abuse

I don't think they still do them, but just skimmed the B&Q website where they have a lightweight "Workmate" copy for under a tenner.....the reviews seem remarkably good

http://www.diy.com/departments/workmate-foldable-vice-jaw-clamp-workbench-w620mm

There are other slightly more robust ones available too, maybe a visit to your neighbourhood DIY big shed ( do they have Castorama where you are?, it's part of the B&Q empire) might help to identify something suitable
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DIY advice - work bench + vice for Christmas on 21:40 - Nov 17 with 324 viewssparks

DIY advice - work bench + vice for Christmas on 20:37 - Nov 17 by McCarthyEra

I got a couple of cheapie work benches from Wickes some years ago, like a black and decker "workmate", but smaller and a great deal cheaper.....they were good and lasted well, despite much building site use and abuse

I don't think they still do them, but just skimmed the B&Q website where they have a lightweight "Workmate" copy for under a tenner.....the reviews seem remarkably good

http://www.diy.com/departments/workmate-foldable-vice-jaw-clamp-workbench-w620mm

There are other slightly more robust ones available too, maybe a visit to your neighbourhood DIY big shed ( do they have Castorama where you are?, it's part of the B&Q empire) might help to identify something suitable


If there's any intention for serious projects it's cheaper and better to build one. Lots of YouTube video on how.

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DIY advice - work bench + vice for Christmas on 21:45 - Nov 17 with 319 viewssparks

DIY advice - work bench + vice for Christmas on 21:40 - Nov 17 by sparks

If there's any intention for serious projects it's cheaper and better to build one. Lots of YouTube video on how.


If you want to buy you will get far better from somewhere like axminster tools than big brand rubbish. Google them.

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DIY advice - work bench + vice for Christmas on 20:26 - Nov 17 by NewcyBlue

https://www.machinemart.co.uk/p/cwb-r1-workbench-red/?da=1&TC=GS-040317705&gclid

Something like that with a bolt on vice would be my bet.

Can’t beat a couple of saw horses for the bigger stuff though.


Would you be able to put a vice on that table or would you have to get a table with a lip on it like this one:

https://www.machinemart.co.uk/p/cwb1700p-5-drawer-workbench/

Thanks Newcy

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DIY advice - work bench + vice for Christmas on 20:37 - Nov 17 by McCarthyEra

I got a couple of cheapie work benches from Wickes some years ago, like a black and decker "workmate", but smaller and a great deal cheaper.....they were good and lasted well, despite much building site use and abuse

I don't think they still do them, but just skimmed the B&Q website where they have a lightweight "Workmate" copy for under a tenner.....the reviews seem remarkably good

http://www.diy.com/departments/workmate-foldable-vice-jaw-clamp-workbench-w620mm

There are other slightly more robust ones available too, maybe a visit to your neighbourhood DIY big shed ( do they have Castorama where you are?, it's part of the B&Q empire) might help to identify something suitable


There's a Castorama over the border in France not far away. I'll check their online catalogue.

Big help, thanks McCE

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DIY advice - work bench + vice for Christmas on 21:45 - Nov 17 by sparks

If you want to buy you will get far better from somewhere like axminster tools than big brand rubbish. Google them.


I'll look into homemade benches.

I'll also ask at a local independent hardware shop, there's a couple of really good ones not far from me.

Will he need a workbench to make a homemade workbench?

Good advice, thanks Sparks.

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