Handyman- Equipment you should have – Workbench with vise
You should build or buy a sturdy workbench, the heavier and sturdier the better. As an example, if the top of your bench is made of 2 X 8s or 2 X 10s and the legs are made of 4 X 4s braced diagonally with 2 X 4s, that is the kind of heavy construction that is desirable.
The bench need not be huge, although, if you have plenty of room, I would suggest having a big bench with lots of drawers. A bench 3 feet wide and 8 feet long is ideal. You could add a backstop board, a few inches high, along the back, to stop things from falling off behind the bench.
If your bench is not very heavy and extremely rigid, you should find a way to anchor it firmly to the floor or the wall. Paint the top of your workbench with gloss paint to seal it against dirt, oil drips, etc. Light gray is a good color.
On your bench, you should have a big, heavy, swivel vise. The vise should be bolted down on a corner of the workbench. If you are right-handed, the right-hand corner of the bench is probably best. I like a vise that opens at least 4 inches, with jaws that are at least 4 inches wide. Why the emphasis on a heavy bench and a heavy vise? There will be times when you will want to put a piece of metal in the vise and shape it by pounding it with a heavy hammer or putting a length of pipe on the piece and bending it to shape. The vise is also often used as an anvil; you put a piece of metal on the back end of the vise and hammer it into the desired shape.
The vise should open, close, and swivel smoothly and easily. Don’t buy a cheap vise. Spend whatever it takes to get a good one; it will last a lifetime.