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12-29-2015 12:13 AM

Topic tags/keywords: refurbishing rustic workbench work bench antique question

I have an old Workbench that was brought over from Germany. So I am assuming that it is German made. I am trying to find information about it. There is a metal plaque on it with some writing but it can’t be read. Do you know of a safe way to try and clean it off the plaque so that it can be read?

Here is a link to some pictures,

Here are the dimensions

Work bench
Table size. Incl. vises – 37 1/2×89
Table thickness – 2 1/4 in
Table skirt thickness – 4 1/2 in
Table height – 33
Front vise opening – 9 in
Front vise travel – 6 in
Tail vise over all size – 22 1/2×12in
Tail vise length – 22 1/2
Overhang – 6 1/2 in
Travel – 10 in
Eat weight – 280 lbs

Thank you for any help!

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#1 posted 12-29-2015 01:13 AM

What can be read on the plaque is written in English and includes Patent info. Doesn’t seem like it is German. German items like that would have tags or plaques written in German, not English. I lived there for 3 1/2 years and that is what I saw when I was there. For instance, my Ulmia bench has some tags on it and they are all German (I bought in Germany). The only things I ever saw that had English on them were things intended for export. Other than that, all German.

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#2 posted 12-29-2015 04:52 PM

It is surprising that one vise has a wooden screw and the other one has a metallic one.
This last one might be a later modification.
If I understand, the trade mark is on the “retrofit” screw.

The “undercarriage” seems also to have been modified to accomodate the shoulder vise; that would explain the now unnecessary(?) rail on the trestle side and the absence of trestle foot on the other side.

Or it is an hybrid design made by a woodworker for himself.

-- Sylvain, Brussels, Belgium, Europe - The more I learn, the more there is to learn

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#3 posted 12-29-2015 06:13 PM

How did you go about getting it? Relative or just knew someone. I don’t know how to clean the tag, but if it gives you to much trouble I’ll come drag it off for you if you want me to.:-)

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#4 posted 12-29-2015 06:13 PM

The trademark plaque is on the top of the table close to the metal screw.
It was bought from a friend. I have it on ebay, but I am having a hard time figuring out what it is worth.

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