Thirty years ago, I built a shop bench, made mostly from re-purposed material. However, the time had come to “decommission” the old reliable. What I did not expect was the sense of loss that came when I began to dismantle it – almost like when a close friend moves away.
I built hundreds of pieces upon the old bench – dollhouses, beds, tables, frames, benches, contemporary art pieces, specialty pieces for homes and churches, scores of cutting boards, and Christmas gifts (always in secret).
The new bench is quite different. It is made of cherry (28 x 84 x 3) and finished in oil (Tried and True linseed/natural Watco mix), with ebonized cherry drawer pulls and a Lie-Nielsen chain drive vise.
Here is to the next thirty years!