Depending on what you want to make, for general woodworking you really can’t go wrong with a traditional bench that has at least one vice installed.
However, if you like making things, you should never let your bench be that big of a decision. People who love woodworking can do it on a dining room table, or a door that is held up between two sawhorses.
In the end, it’s always going to be more about you than your bench.
If the traditional benches are not your flavor, you could always make your own bench out of two by fours and plywood. Make a sturdy base, and then skin the top with a couple layers of plywood.
This will make a strong bench that doesn’t twist around, and the double layer of plywood will give you something to hammer against on the surface.
One of the hallmarks of woodworking is the experience you get when you make your own bench. It can be very elaborate, or it could be very simple.
The choice is yours, but it’s more important what you make than what you make it on.
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