I don't have a work bench in my Seekrit Bunker but I'm contemplating investing in a "Workmate" type device for the future. I think I'd need to line the wood with metal plates in order to achieve the necessary force though.
Hmmmm...... Workmates are good if you're on the move and need a (sort of) stable surface / job gripping feature. I'm pretty sure (having tried my Workmate for similar tasks) it'd not be up for the task we're talking about here.
You'd be better off acquiring a s/h metal filing cabinet, or similar, (a proper one, as opposed to one which originated from IKEA) bolting a decent sized vice to the top, and filling the drawers with bricks / railway ballast / or bags of sand from the Thames Estuary.
My current workbench (since 1992) consists of a kitchen worktop spanning a brace of metal plan chests, the drawers of which are almost entirely filled with tools.
It feels like it is bolted to the core of the earth.
Sometimes I worry a little about my floor joists......
EDIT: Crosspost of sorts with loadsabikes.....