A lot of my work has been hindered or lengthened by the flimsy kludged together tables in my workshop. Planing a workpiece usually sent it flying or shook the table too much, and clamping and securing workpieces for joinery was generally harder than I'd like. The obvious direction for me was to build a workbench.
Like many, I consider Roy Underhill a true legend and inspiration, and like many, have decided to tackle my own Roubo bench build. Pictured is the middle "slab" laminated together. I do not have a gigantic piece of birch or maple like Roubo and his cronies, so I have laminated together boards of southern yellow pine, a dense enough softwood. This will also make the joinery a little easier; hopefully I'll build the mortises for the legs and benchdogs into the benchtop by building it out horizontally one layer at a time.