One of the major benefits of building your own workbench is that you can treat it like an actual tool that gets used. So many hobbyists spend money on pre-fab stuff then sweat over stains and marks.
I made this workbench a few years back with plywood and 2x4s. Since then, it has seen some shit. Practically every project on mcwain.net has been assembled, painted, glued, measured, stapled, nailed, clamped, hammered, or sanded using this bench. A good bench is just as critical as the tools you use.
This week, I flipped the top over to reveal its unused side. Now it's clean of all residue and is practically good as new! That is... until this week's project sprayed glue everywhere.