As I have a small shop, my workbench must be my Workbench, Assembly Table, Mini Lathe Stand, Vacuum Press table, drafting table, beverage table, and much more, so I wanted to do 2 things. Get it properly flattened, trimmed out, fastened to the base, and get a good vice attached.
First, the original bench was split using a crappy circular saw, and wasn’t amazingly straight. So I set up my infeed and outfeed roller stands, lined everything up, threw in my 24T ripper, and ripped a nice clean straight edge down the rough side.
Then I reversed it, and did the same thing to the other side. This had the advantage that the edges were no longer perpendicular to the slight cup, so that when I re-levelled the top BASED on the sides, I would return it to a proper 90 degree angle.
Here’s the naked base. There’s some cheap ply scraps sitting in the middle as a makeshift bench cabinet, which I do intend to build eventually. It is on the project list!