The Classic American Workbench


It’s a holiday weekend here in the states, and holiday weekends are great for getting organized and working on projects. In that spirit, here are a couple of pictures the workbench in my dad’s garage. Mmmmm….tools!

Tool rack

10 thoughts on “The Classic American Workbench

  1. I haven’t been able to locate a source of screwdrivers like the one second from the right. Ones with oval wooden handles and full tangs. Any ideas?

    1. Estate sales? Flea markets? I haven’t seen them in any of the tool catalogs I’ve been collecting, but I haven’t been looking for them, so that doesn’t say much.

    2. This is a very old type. Check your flea markets and antique stores, or find a smith who is willing to pound a couple out of tool steel for you.

    3. Do an eBay search for "screwdrivers vintage" — there are several of this type currently up for bid.

      1. My previous eBay searches were overly specific using keywords such as wood, wooden, oval, tang, etc. (not all at the same time, though).

        Thanks to your suggestion, which is more general – but sufficiently narrow, I was able to learn that this type of screwdriver is referred to as a Perfect Handle screwdriver.

  2. Gorgeous workbench.
    Reminds me of my dad’s workshop.
    Some of my best memories of growing up are of working on various
    projects with him in his shop.

  3. Yup. Looks something like my father’s shop. And like what I remember of his father’s, too.

    Grandpa had little jars with nails and screws and stuff, neatly shelved.

    My father had old type drawers bought at a newspaper’s moving sale; some got cleaned and painted and used for my mother’s sewing stuff (the spools fit nicely), and the rest were mounted under his lathe, holding small parts. Except for one with files in it (‘Oh, look, I found the file drawer!’): round, half round, mill …

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