A traditional workbench provides a solid platform that’s convenient for many tasks that require leverage—like hand planing, for example. But a waist-high work surface isn’t ideal for other jobs that require more finesse, or a closer view of the work. I built this benchtop workbench to handle woodworking operations that aren’t as comfortable or efficient when done at standard workbench height. My mini-bench has saved my back while enhancing control and accuracy for all kinds of layout and joinery work. When clamped to the big bench, the mini-bench becomes a sturdy platform that’s ideal for finicky routing work.