table top surfacing
After at least 24h (more is better), you can start surfacing the bench top.
The traditional method would be to use a plane, which is expensive and takes practice. Instead, I propose a method based on the japanese saw.
The idea is to create pencil marks on the bench top, then use slicing motions with the saw at an angle of 30°, using the middle of the saw.
Because a saw is perfectly straight, you only remove top spot. With enough repetition, you can straighten the whole bench.