I have made several of these benches over the years, and it was always the first thing I made when moving into a new house. I like to be organized, and figured it didn't hurt to make it look attractive as well. Basic woodworking skills and the tools that that requires are necessary for a project like this, but is quite simple when taken one step at a time.
Step 1: Basic Structural Elements
First, I did a drawing of what I wanted, and basically the workbench consists of the bench itself, 12ft by 24 inches. Three quarter inch plywood was used for the top and the backboard.