|Forum topic by MikeUT||posted 03-22-2015 10:57 PM||930 views||0 times favorited||8 replies|
03-22-2015 10:57 PM
I visited my grandfather yesterday. He is getting up there in age and wanted to pass some tools along. He said he would much rather give them to me knowing that I would enjoy them instead of coming up and rummaging through after he’s gone.
I’m very glad that he decided to do it this way, now I know the history behind what he gave me. The best thing I found was leaning against the wall in the corner. It was an old benchtop with three old vises attached. At first I only wanted the vises until he told me the story behind it. The benchtop was built and owned by his grandfather, or my great-great-grandfather. My grandfather got it when he was my age around 60 years ago. He used it for a while but took it down for some reason more than 20 years ago and never ended up putting it back in to use.
It has three nice old vises. Two are identical, made by the Desmond Stephan Manufacturing Company out of Urbana OH. The third is green, the only markings on it are ‘2437’ in two different locations and ‘Made in the USA.’ The ones made by Desmond Stephan have a cool quick release mechanism. I’ll probably do a separate blog to show them off.
The benchtop is solid oak. It is held together by three threaded rods with square nuts. It is solid as a rock and is in very good shape for how old it is. It is sowing a little age and has a lot of grease spots.
I want to bring the surface back to working use but am not sure how to go about cleaning and refinishing it. I was thinking about scrubbing it down with mineral spirits then refinishing with some BLO and paste wax. Before doing it I wanted to reach out to all my fellow LJ’s and see if there is a better way. All suggestions are welcome and appreciated.