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After writing about Deb Chalsty’s amazing workbench (here and here), and noting that the hardware looked like the bench on piano-maker H.O. Studley’s workbench, I got an e-mail from Patrick Leach.

You know Patrick. Or maybe your wallet does. He sells Grade A vintage hand tools through his usually hilarious and always snarky monthly newsletter. Click here to subscribe. You don’t really need that tax refund now do you?

Here are Patrick’s notes on the bench, which have been edited only so we maintain our PG-13 rating here on my blog. I’ve uploaded all his photos to our Flickr page, so you can see them in glorious full resolution.

Here is the piano case maker’s bench, the bench where I lovingly pack each and every tool that is shipped to the four corners of the globe. I got this out of a house in Leominster, Mass. It looks like an 1890-1910 effort.

Leominster, and the &*%$#@%$ to the north, Fitchburg, were home to many piano case makers who supplied those to the retailers who stuffed the cases with their guts.


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