Many of you have written for advise on adding a bench vise to your new,y finished workbenches and of course there are many choices out there. I am fortunate in that I have access to secondhand ones in the UK and a good one will sell for about £50 more or less. One vise I really like is the Czech-made vise sold by Veritas. The 9″ vise is really solidly made, heavy duty and easy to use. It costs about $150 and here is the link.
In the UK, any if the early Record models works well and here you do have several choices made through the early decades of the last century to choose from. The Record 52E range and 53D have quick release mechanisms as do others. These sell for between £20 and £100 and £100 is not too much to pay for a good vise. I just looked on EBay.co.uk and there are close to a hundred secondhand ones that look good. Remember to spell vise with a c or and s. I’m not sure when we will get to the installation of the vise via YouTube but go to Building a Workbench with Paul Sellers to get the whole series including mounting the vise. It’s dead clear and simple and just requires some muscle to get it in place a few times before concluding. If you are slight of weight, get help. These vises bite!

NOTE:Just so you know, Paul has a newer Workbench series. If you are interested in the updated version of Paul’s workbench please click the button down below. This page links to a cutting list, tools list, FAQS and much more.


  1. William Cato on 19 March 2013 at 10:02 pm

    Great play of wording on the “add-vice” Title Paul.
    It is a nice looking vice, however, I am more interested in the table. I am new to wood working and would like to know what kind of table that is and do you have a video or dimensions on building one?

  2. Paul Sellers on 20 March 2013 at 10:19 am

    Thanks Bibear, I didn’t see this until I posted a redundant reply.

  3. Neophyte Woodworker on 6 December 2016 at 5:18 pm

    Hi! Sorry to include a link in my very first comment here (rude, I know…) but I tried the link in the post, and it didn’t work; I can’t really describe what it did except it took me to a blank (white) page that had text on it saying “this publication has not been activated” which I’m pretty sure isn’t the page it was *meant* to link to, heh.
    Anyway, I did some googling and found this on Lee Valley Tools’ website: http://www.leevalley.com/US/Wood/page.aspx?p=49980&cat=1,41659

    Is that the vise you’re referring to? If so, would you say you feel it is as good as the 9″ eclipse vise or would you say that the LV/Veritas vise is better/more reliable/durable in some way?

    PS: thank you for doing all that you do to help spread knowledge of woodworking techniques and to inspire and teach neophyte woodworkers like myself. I’ve just begun (literally bought my very first backsaw, chisels, and plane(s) eight days ago via ebay! *happy grin*) my journey into the world of working with real wood, but your voice (via your videos) has been a constant guide on my way to taking that first, real step. I happily expect that shall continue to be the case as I go further down this path and on into the future. So again, thank you sir. I hope you are having a truly blessed holidays! 🙂

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