1. The mini-gloat:
Some time age, found a workbench for sale. It was salvaged from an old metalwork shop that had shut down, and was severely distressed and gunked with old oil, grease and other congealed nastiness. Under this layer of crap was 1 3/4 inch thick laminated maple top, 30 by 72. The legs are bolted-on steel channel--nothing special, but perfectly functional. Cost: 50 bucks.
2. The don't do this:
In an effort to "restore" the top, I went at it with a Bailey #3 (yeah, I know, but it was all I had). Needless to say, while the layer of crap is gone, the top is now anything but flat. Gouges, dips and humps to the tune of about 1/8 inch. It didn't do the plane blade much good, either.
3. The newbie question:
I claim ignorance for the above transgression, being a relative wooddorking newbie, and appeal to the vast pool of knowledge here for advise on how to go about flattening this top. Options I'm considering include going at it with a #7 and/or a belt sander with sanding frame, neither of which do I currently own. Any suggestions or advice on the right way to go about this would be greatly appreciated.
It is my sincere hope that responses to this post can be used as justification to SWMBO for me to procure more tools.
Thanks in advance.