Old Carpenter’s Bench

In Louie’s shop, this old carpenter’s bench from a high school woodshop. There’s another vice kitty corner on the other side.  It’s made to be utilized by two students. There’s a swing-out stool on each side; you can just see the hinge on the right leg here. I’d love to find something like this, but can’t locate anything either on eBay or craigslist.

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

10 Responses to Old Carpenter’s Bench

  1. Thanks you guys. Book looks great, just ordered it. The single page, "10 Rules For Building Workbenches" is worth the price of the book in itself. (Can see it on Amazon "Look Inside Book.")

  2. Now there is a workbench that looks as though it gets some use – so unlike those pristine Architectural Digest-type workshops that look as though they haven't experienced a gram a sawdust since the turn of the millennium.

  3. Antique dealers pounce on this kind of work furniture. Yuppies are nuts of them and certainly would use this bench to decorate their kitchen.

  4. This is exactly the kind of bench we had in shop class when I was in school. I was standing at one in November 1963 when shop instructor Mr. Zinsky came in and with worried expression told us that the President had been assasinated. Nothing fancy or Euro about these, but a lot of people learned to appreciate tools at them. Interesting tool bag on the corner.

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