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Forum topic by stropper posted 03-10-2015 04:35 PM 1434 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-10-2015 04:35 PM

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Hi everyone,

My name is Sean and I’m new to this site and new to woodworking, I found this antique woodworking bench on Craigslist and couldn’t pass it up. It’s a J. Niederer Co. Bench, does anyone know anything about this particular woodworking bench? My plan is to restore it… I would appreciate any comments or suggestions.

-- 'It's better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it"

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#1 posted 03-10-2015 04:40 PM

That will be a beautiful bench when you’re finished with it. It seems to be in good shape. Congratulations and welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- 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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#2 posted 03-10-2015 04:55 PM

That is one cool old bench. You Done Good! Like folks always say, “If only it could talk, what stories it would have.”

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#3 posted 03-10-2015 05:00 PM

Awesome and welcome to LJ’s!

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#4 posted 03-10-2015 05:39 PM

I seen that in my lurking around too and I like it, lots of storage. Had already built mine before I seen it though. Keep us updated with some pics as you go. Welcome to the CRAZINESS!

-- Troy. - Measure twice, cut once and fill the gaps....

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#5 posted 03-10-2015 06:02 PM

Gorgeous. The bench dog hole inserts – are they for a shoe maker or sheet metal guy? Someone on here recently posted a Christianson bench they got from their grandfather and most of the comments involved planing it or taking a belt sander to it. I trust you have more sense that to do that with a valuable piece. Cheers!

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#6 posted 03-10-2015 06:37 PM

Sean, I’d just clean that puppy, oil it lightly, and use the heck out of it.
What a great find.
Welcome to LJ, and show us some pics when you’ve got the bench cleaned.


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