Your workbench is one of the most important tools in the shop, and it takes a terrific beating. After all, it serves as a platform for sawing, planing, chiseling, hammering, pounding, gluing, and finishing. Even the most impressive bench would need careful restoration after years of such treatment. Richard Humphreville lays out the steps that will bring your old warhorse back into shape -- handplaning the surface, repairing and tuning the vises, fixing small dents and major gouges, checking the base, and finally, sanding and sealing the benchtop.

From Fine Woodworking #203