I have a confession. I love workbenches. My first project as a hobbyist was a workbench and ever since, I’ve been in love with all the things a good bench can do to help you be a better woodworker.
My first bench was Tom Caspar’s Build a Workbench in a Weekend that appeared in the October 1996 issue of the excellent, but long past Woodwork magazine (all issues are available on one DVD at ShopWoodworking.com). Tom later revised the bench a bit for in article in American Woodworker (also available at ShopWoodworking.com). It was an excellent bench and for me, it was a platform that inspired a passion for woodworking that turned into a career.
I learned from that bench and after a few years, I designed and built a new bench. Workbench 2.0, I call it.