Use for Questions about building, buying, using workbenches as well as features to look for/build into it.
Workbenches are in almost every woodworking shop out there and many have multiple. They are used for many things and in many different ways. Each one has different features and can be optimized for different types of projects.
Schwarz, Christopher, The Workbench Design Book, Popular Woodworking Books, 2010. This books provides plans and detailed information for designing and constructing a variety of workbench styles including general principles, Roubo, and Holtzapffel style benches as well as a variety of more specialized designs and material applications. It also includes a discussion regarding bench vises and contact information for bench accessory providers. .
Schwarz, Christopher, Workbenches: From Design And Theory To Construction And Use, Popular Woodworking Books, 2007. This book discusses historical workbench design, discusses good design features and develops a series of rules for the design of a good woodworking workbench.
Landis, Scott, The Workbench Book: A Craftsman's Guide to Workbenches for Every Type of Woodworking, Tauton Press, 1998. This book examines benches for all kinds of woodworking -- from a traditional Shaker bench to a mass-produced Workmate.
Schleining, Lon The Workbench: A Complete Guide to Creating Your Perfect Bench, Tauton Press, 2004.