Basic Workbench


The three must-haves for a workbench are rigidity, flatness and mass. A workbench built with construction lumber like 2x4s will be solid, heavy and durable, but it won’t be flat. If you ever plan to build cabinets or furniture, which require accuracy, a flat bench gives you a leg up. This workbench is constructed from plywood (Baltic birch) and MDF (medium-density fiberboard). Both are inexpensive, flat and stable. The design is simple, with rigidity in mind, and the double-layer top adds necessary mass. Build this basic workbench and call it good- or add all the extras.


  • 177 family-style Thanksgiving recipes, including hot rolls to share, heavenly desserts, perfect potatoes and more.
  • 10 chapters: Party Starters, Turkey 5 Ways, To Pie or Not to Pie, Lovin’ Leftovers, Company Breakfasts & Snacks and more.
  • At-a-glance recipe icons that help you quickly locate Fast Fix, 5 Ingredients, Slow Cooker and Freeze It dishes.
  • Special Diets chapter featuring good-enough-for-everyone dishes that let guests with dietary restrictions indulge like the rest of ’em.
  • The Side Guide: discover 42 recipes for EVERYONE at your table.
  • Trusty Thanksgiving timeline, smooth hosting tips and surefire advice for buying & roasting the perfect bird!
  • Get inspired with handy reader reviews from
  • Helpful cooking tips from the Taste of Home Test Kitchen for guaranteed success.
  • Gorgeous, full-color photos of every recipe, so you can see the scrumptious results.
  • Prep & cook times, plus complete nutrition facts provided for every dish.
  • Indexed for fast, easy lookup.


  • Format: Special Issues
  • Dimensions: 9-7/8” x 11-1/8”
  • SKU#: 6149S
  • ISBN-13: 074470087397
  • Publisher: Reader’s Digest/Taste of Home
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Pages: 130

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  • Complexity Level: Simple
  • Approximate Cost to Complete: $100 – $500
  • Approximate Time to Complete: 1 -3 Days
  • Tools and Materials Not Included