Axminster 1700 Workbench
Axminster 1700 Workbench
£354.96 (£295.80 Ex. VAT)

Axminster 1700 Workbench

Code: 505948

  • Lacquered on both top and underside for maximum protection
  • Laminated, kiln-dried beech; tough, stable and resilient
  • Large work surface 1,550 x 500mm, 30mm thick with 90mm apron
  • Front and end vices with double row of bench dog holes
  • Front vice can be mounted on either the left or right of the bench
  • Includes four bench dogs
  • 360mm long vices maximum opening is 130mm
  • Dog holes in the legs allow clamping items vertically
  • Full length shelf in the base for storage
  • Supplied flat packed with full assembly instructions
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  • Axminster 1700 Workbench
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In Detail

Lacquered on both top and underside for maximum protection, the bench top is laminated, kiln-dried beech. Beech is a particularly good choice, being tough and resilient. A laminated construction results in a stable and rigid worktop that will remain flat. The bench top is 30mm thick with a 90mm deep apron. The large working surface is 1,550 x 500mm (overall including the vices, the bench is 1700 x 650mm). Both the front and end vices have a double row of bench dog holes extending the width and length of the worktop. This allows you to hold workpieces of a wide variation in size or shape (four bench dogs included). The 360mm long vices have steel guide bars either side of a strong central screw, the maximum opening is 130mm. The under frame is solid beech. Dog holes in the legs allow you to clamp items vertically. A full length shelf in the base offers storage for larger tools or materials. Supplied flat packed with full instructions for assembly.

All Axminster workbenches are lacquered top and bottom to help maintain flatness. However, if your workshop is known to get damp, you may need to add more layers of lacquer to help prevent movement.

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This product is on page 116 of the Axminster Tools & Machinery 2018/19 Catalogue.


Apron Depth 90 mm
Model Axminster 1700
Nett Weight 51 kg
Overall L x W x H 1,700 mm x 650 mm x 850mm
Thickness of Top 30 mm
Reviews (5)

Customer Reviews

Overall rating 4.3 out of 5 based on 5 reviews

Newest Customer Reviews



30 May 2018

Good value

A couple of weeks on, the bench seems pretty much as advertised -- solid and capable. Some observations. The flat packs arrived somewhat burst and damaged (the bench flat pack is *heavy*), one corner of the bench top well ground down. Axminster customer services immediately offered to replace the top, but I accepted their offer of a gift voucher instead, much less hassle! The bench legs essentially assemble as a push-fit on glued dowels, but the dowel holes were really precisely positioned and sized. The bench top rests on the legs and is secured by surprisingly light wood screws, one at each support corner, screwed in to again perfectly positioned and sized holes. If the cupboard wasn't involved, I really would want to fit a cross-brace. With the exception others have noted, the whole bench was ah, precisely manufactured. Exception being the off-nominal location of the screw holes for the two clamp jaws. No real problem to fix, but a curious change from otherwise very tight tolerances.


3 September 2017

Would not recomend

Bench arrived with a decent amount of dings in it. That may be the shipping process so not blaming Axminster for that. The bench is not manufactured by axminster, but by another company and rebranded. The bench alone is not heavy enough to plane on and is a little lightweight in general for hand tool work. The vices are nothing to write home about. While assembling one of the rails that the top screws onto split along the glue line while malleting into place. I don't feel like I was using an inordinate amount of force. glued it back together and continued.

All in all I wish I had saved up and built my own bench. I would recommend others to just save and buy something more substantial.


Jeremy Duncombe

30 March 2017

Not great

This bench has received two 5-star reviews, but the reviewers had only just assembled their benches and had not yet used them. I am posting this review after using my bench over the winter. Like the last reviewer, neither of the vices were level with the bench top - they were not even horizontal. I have managed to sort them out with a bit of work, but it should not have been necessary. My garage is not particularly damp, but after several months the bench top is slightly warped, and some of the beech blocks have visibly expanded. I can live with it, but it makes a nonsense of Axminster's claim of " a stable and rigid worktop that will remain flat." Oh, and the bench and the vices are too light and flimsy for serious woodwork, I have reinforced mine with a sheet of 18 mm ply screwed across the back and I will bolt it to the garage floor. I have been very pleased with Axminster's prices and their excellent service, but this experience has made me wary of buying any more of their own-brand products. This bench will do me until I build something heavier and stronger, but I don't think it was good value for money.

Nick White

15 February 2016


I have been trying to decide for a while whether to build my own bench or purchase one (with a limited budget) and visited the Nuneaton store last week to have a look at what was on offer. As usual the staff were extremely helpful and I quickly decided to go ahead and purchase the Axminster 1700 and took it away with me. I didn't go for the storage cupboard option as I will make my own in due course. I assembled the bench yesterday, which was very straightforward, and am well pleased with the end result - sturdy and the size suits my workshop layout ideally.


30 December 2015

Excellent all round

This workbench is brilliant. It is quick and easy to assemble using some basic tools. The beech components are well finished off and make a very sturdy and stable workbench. The two vices are well made and together with the four bench dogs make a very practical woodworking surface. I would highly recommend this bench for any small workshop such as a garage. Good value, prompt delivery can't wait to give it a test drive!

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