19th c. American Carpenter's Workbench with Drawer c.1880-1900
A beautifully worn solid Maple carpenter's workbench with large inlay tray used to house larger tools, pull out drawer, bottom storage and dovetail joints. The bench features two wooden screw vises that work properly and extend out. There are 13 "dogs" spaced along the width of the front. Pegs were placed in the dogs to hold a piece into place while working on it. The piece is structurally sound and has retained the naturally distressed look of an industrial piece of this kind.
Completely cleaned and refinished in shellac to preserve the patina. Finished in an oil and paste wax.
- CREATOR Unknown.
- DATE OF MANUFACTURE c.1880-1900.
- MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES Maple.
- CONDITION Good. Wear consistent with age and use.
- DIMENSIONS H 33.75 in. x D 25.75 in. (43.5 in vice extended) W 83.25 in. (91 in. vice extended)
A workbench is essentially a table fitted with various holding devices, such as benchstops and vises, made sufficiently strong and massive to be used for a variety of woodworking operations. The modern workbench derives from two separate pieces: a table for planing wood and a bench for supporting wood to be sawn.