Or at least it did based on all the workbenches and tool chests I saw at a Cincinnati antique mall.
I recently spent a week in the Cincinnati area for Woodworking in America and then a pier table class at 360 Woodworking. Through strategic planning and determination I managed to carve out some time to explore Ohio’s past. The largest antique mall in the area stays open until 9:00 PM making this much easier.
First bench I came across is this large conventional bench:
A bit down the same row is this bench of the same type but with a more formal presentation:
Not everyone needs the 8′ dreadnought workbench and there is bench for them as well.
Let us not ignore the tinker or casual user:
A view of the top show an odd row of dog holes and the ever controversial tool tray:
Even lighter is this small, metal framed bench:
This one qualifies more as a work table than a bench but still supports work:
Most interesting of all is this English pattern workbench:
There was also a large selection of tool boxes and chest:
Or this one in the ever popular orange:
The big problem with looking at tool chests at antique malls is that they tend to be buried under stuff. They provide horizontal surfaces on which to pile more stuff. Dealers really like to stuff their booths with stuff. It requires more patience than I have to check out the interiors because of all the stuff you need to move. If I needed a tool chest or were a better documentarian, I would do what must be done. But neither is the case.
Occasionally the chest is buried beneath something more interesting, like this Pocket Instamatic:
Tons of tools there. Wooden bodied planes. Metal planes. Frame saws of all types and sizes. Too many to bother taking pictures. We’ve seen them all before. There was one tool that I’m not sure if is commercial or improvised:
Once you have the tools, the chest and bench, you need wood and fasteners. For wood you have to look elsewhere but they do have fasteners.
Go check out some antiques while they’re still there. Mid-century modern is coming. And collectibles. Chalk paint and other abominations.