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I got some more information on the nice early American workbench I wrote about on Tuesday (click here to read that article) from Lee Richmond, who runs The Best Things web site.
In addition to selling quality new woodworking tools, Richmond
specializes in vintage tools as well, especially infills. And he’s an
expert appraiser on PBS’s “Antiques Roadshow.”

And he’s quite
familiar with this workbench, which is now owned by Deborah Chalsty.
Here’s what Richmond writes about this bench, which makes me want to fly
out to Chalsty’s house with a tape measure in hand:

workbench that Deborah has was found in this area in the 1970s, by a
long since deceased picker named Murphy Clifton. He sold it to Hampton
Williams, who then sold it to Deborah.

The bench appears to
the casual observer to be solid Cuban mahogany, but if you look closely, the
mahogany is about a 1/4″-thick veneer over a solid core, a detail that
would have added significantly to the labor of making the bench, and to
the cost of materials.


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