I join the league of the workbench less… 🙂
My current work surface is a flimsy old kitchentable with 19mm MDF top and spidery metal legs. It jumps around and I spend alot of effort restraining the table not to move as I try to plane or perform other tasks.
I am however fortunate to have a dedicated (but very small) space to work in. So I can plan for a permanent woodworking workbench.
To those of you that have to be able to knock-down and store your work surface I would recommend two really sturdy sawhorses and a thick slab placed on top. You can have the top in 30cm (12″) wide pieces to make them more managable to move around and store. You can laminate your top from construction grade pine, or glue two or more readymade countertops (real wood or laminated MDF) to your desired thickness.
I think I’m going to build to sawhorses as a place to build the top for my own workbench and then be able to use the top when constructing the undercarriage. Much like Paul does in his Youtube workbench build.
For anyone thinking about workbenches I can highly recommend reading Christopher Schwarz’s two books on the subject.
Located in Jönköping, Sweden.