Sure, some people laugh when you quote from Wikipedia – the Internet’s user-defined online encyclopedia.
However, you have got to check out this entry on woodworking workbenches.
This is one of the best written basic primers on workbench form, function and features.
Workbench materials are discussed at length, as are top and base construction. There’s even a section on proper bench placement which has me rethinking where my bench should be located. Sections on planing stops, vises, holdfasts round out this interesting entry.
As a major bonus, there are some pictures of workbenches that will inspire you to build your own – or leave you drooling uncontrollably.