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Blog entry by Eric Wuennecke posted 09-19-2013 03:04 AM 1089 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch my treasure and my wife’s entertainment. Part of my day job is doing service calls on a variety of issues relating to locks and doors. As such I meet a lot of people. Today I had the fortune of meeting Bill. Bill was a navy man in WWII and had his ear drums blown out by a deck gun. We were chit chatting as I did my thing and an antique work bench sitting in the corner came up. He asked if I wanted to buy it, I did and got it for cheap complete with a fair number of tools. It’s not huge but it is full of awesome! It came with 2 drawers full of stuff, most of it screw drivers and wrenches, but also a few gems including a 14” back saw. After noticing the taper from the heel to toe, I became somewhat giddy. Keep in mind, I’ve been wanting a good back saw for a while but never did pull the trigger on it.

Anyway I get the thing to my basement, which acts as my winter shop as my real shop is not yet heated and I have this allergy to sub zero temperatures complete with runny nose and shaking. This winter I plan on using the time to practice using my hand tools and maybe even crank out a nice hand tool toolbox, using all hand tools. Heck why not? Gotta do something to keep warm. Well, something else anyway.

So I set up a piece of poplar in the vice and give the thing a push. Wait for it….nothing. Well, not nothing but not much either. A spork from Taco Bell might have had more success at this cut. At this point I feel it is necessary to point out that Chris Gochnour has a fantastic tutorial on how to sharpen saws here. After watching it, I realized with some surprise that I actually had a saw set. It’s a Morrill Improved #1 that I picked up at a garage sale years ago because it looked cool. I haven’t gotten the saw all the way sharpened yet but it’s certainly a good way to start my hand tool winter.

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#1 posted 09-20-2013 12:34 AM

You dog you! Great score. Lets get some more pics of that old workbench! Details! Details!

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#2 posted 09-20-2013 12:36 AM

Great find!!

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#3 posted 09-20-2013 03:44 AM

Very nice.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#4 posted 09-20-2013 04:08 AM

Ask and you shall receive! I don’t know what to say about details other than I put some of the cooler stuff in the trough for the pics. Check out the size of that chisel! The toothed bench stop is a sweet addition but it’s trashed so I’ll have to find one on ebay one day to replace it. The casters make it wobble quite a bit so they will need to go.

In the 5th picture on the far left you’ll notice a pippin file. That is the old school way of cutting keys. Someone that is skilled with one is a wonder to watch. Definitely a lost art although we still use them occasionally. I was a but surprised to find it in the bench. I wonder if another locksmith had this bench at one time as it’s about the only reason to own one.

This bench really comes at an opportune time as I was wondering what to do for a second shop during the winter and it really fits the bill for doing small projects.

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#5 posted 09-20-2013 06:23 AM

Nice score Eric. Definitely some stories in that old bench. Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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