Hey everyone, So sometime this year I may be moving house, so item #1 on the requirements is a garage or shed This weekend, Mrs R was away so I took the opportunity to laminate up a neck from ash - sorry, no photos as the missus has BOTH the cameras. As the workmate is pants for handplaning on I clamped a batten as a planing stop to the kitchen top - wouldnt even contemplate that on a normal weekend - and got busy with my #7. Having a sturdy worksurface to work on was a revelation. So now I want something permanent. So, my question for those builders out there who use mostly hand tools - what features of a bench do you find most useful or fustrating? What vices do you prefer? I know that hand work requires a much sturdier surface than power tool work, Im planning on making it from rather a lot of steamed English beech, but Im open to other suggestions - if my local mill has an offer on English / Scottish sycamore then I might give that a go. As this bench will need to move whenever I do, it will need to be portable, so Im looking at this knockdown bench. The only feature I like about my workmate is that it can skew to hold a tapered neck - so Im thinking of a twin screw face vice. For holding the neck laminates whilst planing I think I'll go for a wagon vice. Its easy enough to plane against a stop, but I like to have the option to pinch between dogs. So far its looking quite alot like this: With either the Veritas twin screw vice: or a couple of these cheap screws: Does anyone use those expensive luthiers vices like the ones from Stewmac? Are they worth the expense? Does anyone know of a supplier in the UK? Cheers! EDIT: p.s. what do you think is the smallest bench for building basses on? As this bench will need to move, I dont want to have to cut a foot or so off the length if its new home would be too small.