Yesterday I was in Rochester for my nephew Garrett’s birthday party, at Garrett’s grandma Arty and Grandpa Budd’s house. Right next to the door stood this! Bench geeks will quickly recognize this as a Nicholson-design workbench complete with angled legs and a leg vise. Look closely and you’ll also see a gap between the two top boards, just like Mike Siemsen added to his bench when he built it. The gap on this is about 1″ wide.
The story is that Arty found this on craigslist and got it very cheap. She says it’s a little over 100 years old, and that the leg vise still will pull out almost a foot.
The second photo is of the underside of the bench from the vise end. You can see light shining through the gap above. (There’s still a board sitting in the gap, though it’s now flush with the bench-top.) The bench is full of nails where hasty repairs were done to it. Though Arty seemed eager to pass the bench on to me, I didn’t consider having it as a user. I’d rather build my own and leave this one for a collector.