After the reductive work of the Rasp and File or machinery like the Planer, surface preparation for finishing begins with the Scraper, a relatively thin plate of tempered steel, very like that of a handsaw blade. Scrapers are made in varying thicknesses and a number of shapes. Scraping is followed by sanding starting with coarse and moving to finer grits.
Furniture restoration will compel you to find a varied selection of clamping devices, and call upon your ingenuity on-the-fly when manufactured solutions are not available.
A bench is a conveniently elevated and (hopefully) flat clamping jig. Large and heavy is best if you do not require mobility. I prefer to have attached vises rather than stops and hooks.
Whether you buy new or used tools, what I would like to emphasize here is your comfort; all other things being (mostly) equal, I would opt for the tool that fit my hand size and stature. Comfort promotes control and as a result, safety and improvement in your ability to attain accuracy in your work.