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Flea Market Wanderings

FullSizeRenderOver the last couple of weeks I’ve done little woodworking. Spent most of my time running and working. This weekend I’ve been a little under the weather so spent a couple of hours wandering the local flea market.

Noticed this workbench which didn’t appear to be more then 28″ tall but extremely well made. Had bolts so it could be disassembled. My first thought was a child’s work bench but looking at the top it had a lot of use. I kept looking for moulding planes, but had little luck. I came across many rabbit planes some bench planes and even threw out a number on a saw vise. but no one seemed to be in the mood to haggle and prices were high.

The market did get my mind churning as I looked at antiques and new pieces. The latest trend seems to be reclaimed lumber table tops and chests. Some well built, many assembled with nails. I also saw many pieces of stained glass that had been framed. It would seem that with the weight of some of these pieces a mortise and tenon joint or pegged saddle joint would have been more appropriate.

The best part was that I began to plan my next project….An organizer for my daughter. She showed me a picture in a magazine that she liked and I began plotting out the joints and pieces. If I am luck I can get it done for Christmas.

 

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  1. November 2, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    where was the flea market?

    • November 2, 2014 at 7:53 pm

      Kane County IL , I haven’t had a lot of luck at flea markets for tools, much better at estate sales. But sometimes I can find inspiration. Thanks for commenting. I enjoyed your blog.

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