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03-10-2017 05:29 AM

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Is anyone familiar with antique woodworkers benches? The first photo is almost a dupllicate of my table I was given by my brother. (next two pics). Didn’t look like the first photo opened. But you can click on link.
I want to see if I can replace the missing plate and wood face (shown in first pic, white arrow). onto mine(4th photo showing a black arrow).
I also need to find or make handles for both vises (last pic)
Any feedback would be appreciated.
Thank you!!

-- Larry

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#1 posted 03-10-2017 05:36 AM

I don’t know how to fix off the top of my head but it looks like everything can be fixed in one way or another. If my brother gave me a workbench like that I’d probably give him a good how’s your father.

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#2 posted 03-10-2017 12:58 PM

Anyone could have built that – Christiansen built tons of them. The dovetailed joint at the end with a pin through it says it was a quality unit in it’s day. Looks like it’s led a hard life.

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#3 posted 03-11-2017 12:06 AM

I would love to have this old antique bench. However, I’m not sure I could do anything with it for lack of time. I have an old saddler’s bench already and I love it and would never part with it. I just love old things such as this. Good luck on it; it’s a nice piece.

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#4 posted 03-11-2017 01:24 PM

Try to find matching wood and glue that missing thread SOLID. Then if its only one thread, you can hand carve a thread back in. If its several threads a friend with a metal lath will work. We cut threads in metal so matching a wooden screw shouldnt be that hard . Just make sure wooden patch is solid and tight. I have salvaged an old wooden bodied hand plane for the material need…..some older ones were beech !
Just sayin.

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#5 posted 03-11-2017 02:36 PM

Sorry think i have lost in translation here.
Is the missing theread at the end of the screw the problem ? if it is a groove around the whole screw nearly at the end its not a fault, its where the pressure plate atatches and can still be used by making a two piece garter from brass or steel plate to retain the end pressure plate.

 photo vice garter_zpstbbobcqg.jpg
picture from ToddJB’s project

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#6 posted 03-11-2017 04:57 PM

You are very lucky to have such a great piece. If only tables could talk.

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#7 posted 03-11-2017 07:20 PM

Thank you everyone for your responses. They generated an idea, especially from BigYin and Canadianchips.
Thank you again.

-- Larry

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