Well, I started with the Mianne benchwork, it worked out fine. There are several other places that have ready-made benchwork, but I have no experience with them. You could also consider doing modular benchwork that can be built elsewhere and brought in.
As far as tools, you really don't need may specialized tools for the job. I did spring for the DeWalt 10" jobsite table saw, and I had a 10" miter saw we used as well. A jigsaw, sander, and maybe a router for the edges should complete the picture. Oh, and I did use a power stapler and a nailer as well to secure the top to the benchwork.