Shopsmith Workbench Pro
This bench is very similar to the current Anke model 166, which you can see here: http://www.fine-tools.com/hbank.htm for € 1099.0, which at today's conversion rate would make it $1435.07+ shipping from Germany!
Thanks to a great GPS app on my cell phone (Waze) we arrived 5 minuets ahead of our scheduled time and from the road I could see the bench. My heart sank yet again when in the driveway I could see the bench and even at that distance could tell that it had been left out, exposed to the elements.
The owner's son came to the door and led me to the bench and it was everything I could do to not vomit. The bench had clearly been covered, as there were no signs of water stains on the surface, but it was cracked and checked all over. I asked and the owner's son explained that they were using it as a stand for the Harbor Freight lathe that can be seen in the background of the photo above, and that while it was left in the driveway it was covered by a tarp. Lovely.
There was no way that the bench was worth the $300 they were asking, but believe it or not the hardware was in decent shape, and who knows, the bench might be OK after some time in a dry shop and with a little TLC (and Danish oil).
So after some negotiations on the phone with the owner we arrived at a price that I could like with and we loaded her into my van. Click on the pics to Biggie-Size them, but you might want to have a Kleenex handy, because they are disturbing.
Shopsmith Workbench Pro's are rare these days, but here's a link to your next workbench on eBay
Woodcraft has some excellent benches that are worth a look, as well as a nice selection of vises if you'd like to take a stab at building your own bench. Check out the workbenches for sale at Woodcraft at this link and don't forget to check their clearance link.
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