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God blessed me today; I was on the way home from my 6 year old's karate class and saw a tools only yard sale and around here seeing this is a rarety!
After digging through the deceased father's 40+ years of collectible glory (and some junk too) I was about to leave with a few old bucks bros. chisels in hand but the son said "have you checked out the garage yet?" So I walked in and wasn't immediately impressed but towards the back an old filth covered woodworking bench stood up against the wall waiting for me to draw near and ask about its availability. I quickly asked if he'd let it go for say...$20 BUCKS!?! and the son couldn't say yes quick enough...one man's junk...
So now I don't have to make my own which is great because the thought of that was very intimidating... but now I have to figure out how to restore it back to strength and good functionality. I figured I'd just start sanding but I don't know what to seal/finish it with after that...does anyone have any recommendations for the restoration process from start to finish or any step in between?
For reference; this is a classic woodworking bench with shoulder and tail vices and bench dog holes along its longest side and a tool tray on the opposite side. The top came off the base easy and seemed to be attached with only a vertical dowel on each end.
I want to make this bench sturdy/secure and look good too. I plan on using it for both woodcarving and other woodworking tasks such as handplaning, handsawing, and other general work.
Any direction and help is much appreciated.