Building a serious workbench is a rite of passage for many woodworkers. It’s usually an ambitious project requiring a lot of skill, lumber, time, money and tools—but it doesn’t have to be that hard. Here’s an alternative. This bench is every bit as good as one that costs thousands of dollars. It’s rigid, heavy and dead flat. Its vises offer all the holding power you need. But you can build it on a budget in a short time. You don’t have to make complicated joints or use big equipment. It’s a bench for everyone.