|Project by Roman - THE BOOTMAN||posted 09-16-2016 04:01 PM||4343 views||1 time favorited||20 comments|
Just wanted to share this post and perhaps some of you LJers can share some light on this unique workbench.
Over forty years ago my cousin asked me to pick up a workbench which was stored in his basement. Where he got it is obscure and since he has passed on I shall never get the complete story.
Apparently the bench came into this country from Missouri, where and when I don’t know. There is a pencil marked date of October 1941. My cousin told me that it was used by a craftsman who did marquetry for the Danish nobility. Picture 4 shows a makers mark showing name , town and country. How this bench landed in Missouri is a mystery. Picture 5 is some of his work.
The bench is slightly over 7 feet long and 33 inches wide at the widest end. The construction is old school with tongue and groove joints, no nails. Picture 2 shows a bolt end for a rod that extends the length of the table. This keeps the table together. The members are 4×4’s, species unknown to me.
The upper trough was used for storing the glue, possibly glue pots. The bench was covered in spilt glue when I got it. The lower shelf was a storage place for veneers.
The bench is totally collapsable by removing the cleats at each end, the leg members come apart and the top lifts off from simple dowels. The top is solid and heavy as my old back can attest too!
It has been used very sparingly and has remained in storage for many years. I hope to find a good home for it be it a museum or an honest old-style woodworker. It would be a shame to have it go to a landfill. Over my dead body!!!!
Roman, the Bootman!
-- Roman:... These Boots Were Made For 'Talkin'!