New Workbench... anyone have any idea what kind this is?

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Forum topic by interpim posted 10-24-2011 03:55 AM 1546 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-24-2011 03:55 AM

So, I found a workbench on Craigslist today for $80, and got it assembled in my garage. I can’t find any markings on it that would identify it other than a stamp on the bottom which reads United brotherhood of carpenters and joiners of america, which hasn’t led to anything.

It’s about 16 inches across and 6 feet long with 2 fairly decent vices.

One of the questions I have is what is the huge left leg assembly for? am I missing a tool tray or something?

I intend to clean it up and flatten it with my hand planes as I get the time, but I am happy to finally have a true woodworking bench to butcher wood on :)

-- San Diego, CA

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#1 posted 10-24-2011 05:20 AM

United Brotherhood of Carpenter and Joiners of America is the carpenters union, but you may have already known that…

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#2 posted 10-24-2011 05:26 AM

I have no idea what kind it is but is does seem easily worth $80. Nice buy..

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#3 posted 10-24-2011 07:49 AM

My guess would be the large leg is for stability. It would not surprise me if it is one of a kind ;-)

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#4 posted 10-24-2011 08:50 AM

Probably home or shop built. The vices are probably worth what you paid for it.

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#5 posted 10-24-2011 12:47 PM

The left leg supports the vise jaw. It may be un-needed with the vise
assembly you have, but this style of bench dates back to before
cast iron vises with available. The triangular footprint makes the
bench a lot more stable in planing. At 16” wide it would be tippy

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#6 posted 10-24-2011 01:41 PM

That’s a nice buy; it’s well worth $80.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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