I spent some of my time last week repairing the workbench my dad sent, which was busted up by UPS. The repairs involved fabricating new pieces for the top, a new piece for the frame, and fixing the side panel. I also re-fastened the plywood bottom which had broken loose, and re-glued the stops that determine how far the drawers can slide in. When it was all back together I scraped down the top, applied few coats of Varathane, and reinstalled the vice. You can clearly see which pieces are new in the photos, but overall I dont think they detract any from the bench or its history. If anything it now has a more colorful story.
Atticus didn't need much prompting to know that it was his. I stashed his hammer and measuring tape in the top drawer and once he found them there he knew it was his. He'll definitely grow into it - at the moment he needs to step up on block of 4x6 to be able to work at it.