It's likely an antique--the company was doing business around 1900. As
such it's worth what somebody is willing to pay for it. $750 would not
be an unreasonable asking price, but if the owner knows the market and
how people deal they expect to get less.
On Saturday, October 17, 2015 at 2:54:35 PM UTC-5, Michael wrote:
If that bench was here, I'd pay that price. I, compared to others, may be
more apt to pay a bit higher price, than it may be worth, because I like r
are old tools. I would find some appropriate old lumber to repair it (bra
cing) to it's proper vintage period. I think it's worth that price.
There's a similar early-to-mid 1800s work bench at the "Paul Micheals" (fur
niture store), here, measures about 21' long, with vises, has similar lower
(secondary, newer) bracing, for $1800. I'm considering buying it, but I
don't quite have the space for it.... yet.
Building a replica is fine, but, to me, having an original is much preferre
d. That one is in much better shape, than the Paul Micheals one. The PM
one seems to have been left out in the weather for some (good?) while.
On 10/17/15 4:44 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
That's what I was going to say.
As an antique, maybe. I'm not an antique expert.
As a workbench, helz no. You could build a pretty sweet-@$$ workbench
I'd be interested in seeing the vice hardware, however.
"Playing is not something I do at night, it's my function in life"
Absolutely, to the right guy, who would be someone who appreciated the
quality and the history in that old citizen. That end vise is magnificent. A
careful cleanup, retaining the patina, could make it the centerpiece of a
shop for a woodworker who was into antique tools.
My guess is that it's not standing on the original base. Looks like someone
stood it up on some 4x4 replacement legs and then nailed some 1x2's to them
in a vain attempt to try to stabilize it. One would want to find some
pictures of other examples and build a proper base for it. But it would be
worth it, at least to me, even without a suitable base.
On Saturday, October 17, 2015 at 7:27:29 PM UTC-5, tdacon wrote:
I agree with Tom. The table top is the most important aspect, though I would inspect it to see if the legs are original. I think they are.
I think the asking price is more than reasonable and I would snap it up, in a heartbeat. The table, as a whole, is in great shape, for its age.
You rarely find these tables, anymore, especially in that condition. I'm surprised it's found on Craigslist, of all places!!!!
I agree it certainly doesn't look complete and needing the cobbled up 1x
tacked to the legs to stiffen it up makes me also think the legs aren't
I blew up the image in the browser but by the time could focus on the
joint area of the forefront leg behind the vice the image was so blurry
couldn't really tell anything useful.
If it were within a handy drive I'd be sorely tempted to make an offer
altho agree it needs some adjustment probably to compensate for the legs
to make it usable as a bench.
I agree that realistically, the provenance and quality of the top/vices
_should_ make it worth that or near it; finding the right buyer in
present condition may be a trick...the really nice thing about these
benches if wanting it to actually use is you can reflatten the top; it
was normal expected maintenance to do so periodically. If one wants it
as a museum piece instead, then the patina and all is the value, not the
I'm willing to bet the same can be built for under a $100 or at the
most, $150. The difference is the "antique" label. If I'm building a
workbench, I'm building it to use, not to admire as art. If someone
wants to pay the asking price, then it's worth it to them. I'd rather
it'd be functional.
On Saturday, October 17, 2015 at 8:08:47 PM UTC-5, SBH wrote:
That's absolutely ludicrous. If that quality of work bench could be built for anywhere near $150, then every woodworker in the nation would have one.
You'd be lucky to purchase the lumber, for the build, for $150.
It's a pieced together wood top supported by 4x4s with 1x2 or 1x3 cross
supports. Seriously? Because it's old wood it's more expensive? The
labor would be more expensive but IMO, still not worth the asking price
except to someone who wants to pay it.
On Sunday, October 18, 2015 at 9:37:41 AM UTC-5, woodchucker wrote:
The required leg work likely would allow for negotiating a reduction in pri
ce, by maybe $200-$300.
If Michael has ideas of using it in his shop and has the space, maybe negot
iating a bundled price for that cabinet (last pic, behind the work bench) i
s an option, also, depending on the condition of the cabinet, $600-$800 for
both? The guy selling the work bench has several other items listed, als
o. Help him declutter his "storage building/barn".
Compare that work bench to this one!?
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