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06-28-2012 06:48 PM

Topic tags/keywords: c christensen christensen work bench workbench

Scored a C. Christensen workbench from c-list earlier this week. It was in terrible shape, but I saw what they were going for on ebay (one sold last week for about $500). Now that one was in way better shape and larger, but I took a chance. The thing bad been sitting in a shed for almost two decades without use. Motor oil and grease had coated most of the top. The floor of the shed was so bad that when we picked it up, part of the floor came with it. I paid $70 for it. I brought it home, and in addition to the drill press mounted tot he top, it had all kinds of treasures in the drawers. One notable was about two dozen molding cutters in new condition. They will go on c-list soon and with the drill press will likely cover the cost of the bench.

I de-greased the whole thing. Sanded, and saw that the oil had really penetrated. The two vises were in good working order minus the handle for the front. I decided to seal the entire bench and base with shellac. You can see the end result. The thing is solid maple some of it tiger and bird’s eye!

Now its time to get rid of the monster table/bench that I built and have been using for years and free up some room for this restored and working gem.

-- Justin in Loveland, OH

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#1 posted 06-28-2012 06:57 PM

Young man, take that thing back where you stole it and apologize!

Seriously great find, Justin, and good job restoring it. I’m not sure that $70 even buys the screws for the vices. What are the dimensions?

-- "The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money." Alexis de Tocqueville, 1835

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#2 posted 06-28-2012 07:12 PM

Agreed – great find Justin. congratulations on your haul. In the spirit of the old tools forum, may I heartily offer you a fake ‘you suck!’

Jealous in Atlanta,

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#3 posted 06-28-2012 08:11 PM

Looks great and very functional!

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#4 posted 06-28-2012 08:15 PM

A very nice find. May you get great enjoyment out of it

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#5 posted 06-28-2012 08:31 PM

what a great bench and almost free.

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#6 posted 06-28-2012 08:33 PM

OOOOoooohhh! You paid for a vise and got the rest for free!

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#7 posted 06-28-2012 09:13 PM

Wow, that is pretty awesome.


-- "Well, at least we can still use it as firewood... maybe." - Doss

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#8 posted 06-28-2012 09:27 PM

Congratulations, u da man.

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#9 posted 06-28-2012 11:27 PM

By refinishing, you have ruined the antique value! :D

-- Art

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#10 posted 06-28-2012 11:50 PM

Great Job seeing through all the mess!!

-- The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius, 经过艰苦的努力的梦想可以成真

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#11 posted 06-28-2012 11:51 PM

That is a beast, and a nice one.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#12 posted 06-28-2012 11:53 PM

I cleaned up a pre-Hoosier era maple bakers cabinet that my father used as a workbench for decades. Had to glue doors back together, make some drawer bottoms etc. Gave it a few coats of shellac, rubbed down with 4 o steel wool and paste wax. One of the most beautiful and special pieces I own. If that were mine I’d be a prima donna and use it in the house as a bar or something, so it’s nice to see it acquire a new owners dings and scars.

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#13 posted 06-29-2012 12:11 AM

Thanks to everyone for their comments. My wife has joked about doing just what dhazelton has suggested, and it would work great, but this is a workbench and work it shall. Just with a little more care from its current owner.

-- Justin in Loveland, OH

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#14 posted 06-29-2012 03:01 PM

That is a great looking bench. YOu can store it in my workshop ANYTIME

-- Just learning the craft my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ practiced.

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#15 posted 06-29-2012 03:04 PM

great looking bench! nice find!

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