I built this in High School shop for my senior year project. It’s made entirely of furniture grade white knotty pine. The doors included solid brass hinges and screws which have antiqued nicely over the years and the varnish has continues to turn a rich yellow tinted gloss as the years tick by. Subsequently I’ve produced four more of these for friends whom over the years have commissioned me to build them their own. It has been a added relationship assistant as well. As with most tying benches they tend to get a bit messy and disorganized at times. I’m not sure about you, but this drives my misses nuts. Simple solution, close the doors and she rants and raves to guests when they remark on what a nice piece of furniture it is in the house.
It was modeled from a imitation low-cost “Wooten Patent” desk style produced in the late 1890′s through 1940′s by the Springhill furniture company of New Hampshire. I happened upon one when I was being forced to go antique shopping with my grandmother and mother once in my early teens. I revisited the store a couple years later in hopes of referencing it my piece, it was to my surprise still sitting in the back of the store awaiting someone to place a bit of elbow grease and faith into it’s restoration… It was, to it’s credit a bit more detailed and “fancy” but it allowed for some basic measurements and pictures which lead to my version seen here. As i submit these images and give it time to think about it, I find it hard to believe it’s nearing twenty years old now. And a not so pleasant accompany thought, I’m nearing twenty years older since it’s creation… It continues to be a wonderful companion filled with memories that seems to been a constant in my travels through my time here.