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"historical" joiners bench - mr_skittle - 01-11-2021

I simply had to share this CL post. We all like to think our stuff is super valuable but this post really takes it to the limit! By the looks of it, the bench would need a lot of TLC to be in workable condition. 

https://duluth.craigslist.org/tls/d/knife-river-woodworking-joinery-bench/7255498416.html


RE: "historical" joiners bench - hbmcc - 01-11-2021

(01-11-2021, 03:50 PM)mr_skittle Wrote: I simply had to share this CL post. We all like to think our stuff is super valuable but this post really takes it to the limit! By the looks of it, the bench would need a lot of TLC to be in workable condition. 

https://duluth.craigslist.org/tls/d/knife-river-woodworking-joinery-bench/7255498416.html

Why it's on the 'List'. It's colorful. That has to be worth a lot. Just put some iron castors on the legs, and and .... instant industrial.

Have to ask: What is "range" in the description? As in, "home, home on the range...?" A place for hot feet?  Smirk

I'm trying to find the creeper I kept in the old garage with dirt floor. Thar's gold in them greasy dregs.


RE: "historical" joiners bench - mr_skittle - 01-11-2021

"instant industrial" I didn't think of that. Maybe the seller is fishing for a sucker who will use it as a decoration.

The 'range' refers to the Mesabi Iron Range. It's a region that developed around the mining of iron ore. There is a big vein of ore running SW to NE in northeastern MN. It has a really neat history of immigration of working-class people around the turn of the century. The fortunes made are reflected in many of the beautiful mansions around the region, particularly in Duluth. Today the ore is sparse and the region has turned to mostly a tourism-based economy.


RE: "historical" joiners bench - Bill_Houghton - 01-11-2021

More than likely, it will be holding up coffee cups in a cafe soon, and all the flaws will be character marks, and hipsters will feel connected to the past.


RE: "historical" joiners bench - wood-chips - 01-11-2021

One thing for sure... It's of no interest to us lefties  Winkgrin


RE: "historical" joiners bench - MarkSingleton - 01-12-2021

On the other hand. If one wanted to build a bench like that it would cost considerably more
than the asking price.

An even halfway competent wood worker could put it back into shape for use fairly quickly.

It will likely become a coffee house attraction as stated above.

But perhaps not.


RE: "historical" joiners bench - mr_skittle - 01-12-2021

(01-11-2021, 11:25 PM)wood-chips Wrote: One thing for sure... It's of no interest to us lefties  Winkgrin

You're right. I didn't notice that. I guess I'll put the 800 bucks back in my wallet.   Laugh


RE: "historical" joiners bench - rwe2156 - 01-12-2021

(01-12-2021, 09:47 AM)mr_skittle Wrote: You're right. I didn't notice that. I guess I'll put the 800 bucks back in my wallet.   Laugh

Guarantee the tail vise is sloppy & most of the glue joints are loose.

Could chance you would have to at least partially dismantle it.


RE: "historical" joiners bench - mr_skittle - 01-12-2021

(01-12-2021, 09:59 AM)rwe2156 Wrote: Guarantee the tail vise is sloppy & most of the glue joints are loose.

Could chance you would have to at least partially dismantle it.
For that price, I wouldn't be interested in doing a total overhaul. We're looking at houses right now and this idea is very much on top of mind. Am I willing to pay top dollar for a house that hasn't seen a paintbrush or piece of carpet since the Nixon administration?


RE: "historical" joiners bench - camp10 - 01-13-2021

It looks like a Frank Klausz style bench.  Mine is built from his plans. Looks about the same size.  Similar shoulder and tail vice.   I use a bolt to attach the stretchers.  It works fine, but I like the look of the tusk tenons.


I built it 30 years ago, so still 70+ years to go.  It's been a good bench. I wouldn't sell it for $800.   

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