I just completed building my glassblowing bench, and I have to say, it is my favorite piece of equipment.
The wood on the bench is from my 200-year old house. I found it up in the attic. Pumpkin pine, old-growth tree, it is 22 inches wide. 22 inches wide! That's amazing. You can't get wood like that today. I put 4 coats of polyurethane on to protect it. I think it looks great. Can't wait to start to use it.