Workbench at the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum in Washington D.C.

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Forum topic by Brett posted 07-23-2011 12:23 AM 1868 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-23-2011 12:23 AM

My family and I took a short side-trip to Washington D.C. recently while visiting relatives in New Jersey. We hit a few of the highlights, including spending a couple hours at the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum (my kids were disappointed, thought, that it did not look exactly the way it does in Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian).

Tucked away in a back room I found an exhibit that featured an old workbench. Nothing spectacular about it, but I thought you might enjoy seeing a couple pictures (note that the bench was cut in half and the halves were swapped and displayed in opposite corners of the room).

Left half (in right corner):

Right half (in left corner):

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#1 posted 07-23-2011 12:27 AM

Dang, I was just there, but I missed this.

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#2 posted 07-25-2011 01:54 AM

What was the significance of the bench? Did someone famous own it?

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#3 posted 07-25-2011 04:38 AM

I think the bench was just part of a generic workshop display, not one associated with a notable person. In fact, I now think that the “bench” is actually parts of two benches—the legs are different from each other.

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#4 posted 07-26-2011 04:13 AM

Maybe, when they cut the bench in half, they used the original pair of legs on one half of the bench.
Then made, or refinished, another set of legs to stick under the other half.

Whoever set this up obviously had no clue of what a bench would be used for.

Bottom line, looks like a waste of a perfectly good bench.

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#5 posted 07-26-2011 06:28 AM

Oh, I see. Obviously, this bench was used to flatten cats. At least the right side was.

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#6 posted 07-26-2011 06:33 AM

I see it now…. Slapping my forehead. Why did I not think of that…. lol

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#7 posted 07-26-2011 04:12 PM

I guess tail vises are suitable for cat flattening. Whodathunkit?

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