My grandad at various times of his life was a union carpenter as well as cabinetmaker. Ran his own shop and had, I’m sure, a number of workbenches in his cabinet shop. Well, many years ago at my great aunt’s estate auction this bench came up for bid. I had noticed only minutes before it had been stamped with Grandpa’s cabinet shop mark. Bought it for $5 and had it bouncing from garage to shed to wherever until my shop hit the scene. It’s been there ever since, and got ‘freed’ tonight as I prepare to put down a wood floor.
Thought I’d take a decent picture of it.
Yellow pine, or heart pine, or whatever tough grained, easily splintered, resinous, smells-good wood was commonly available in So. Ill. in the late 40s is what this is. Extra time has dried the 2x stock hard as a rock. Drawer is on my bench, visible at the top right of the pic.
The Stanley 400 and hand crank grinder are my add-ons but may not stay attached if the bench finds a new (better) location post-floor.
That’s it, nothing necessarily spectacular, just wanted to post the picture. Wonder what Grandpa would think if he knew a number of his hand tools and even an old bench was here, together again?
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