Investing the time and effort to select and fit a good quality bench vice will pay continuous dividends throughout your woodworking career. With the bench vice installed and bolted firmly into place, your ability to hold the workpiece securely in an appropriate position for the task at hand should become second nature.

If you are building a woodworking bench from scratch, the type of vice you choose may have a bearing on the dimensions, so choosing the vice first will potentially save time, materials and effort further down the line.