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I have an old Christiansen Co workbench that I picked up at an auction a few months ago for $25. It was originally in a factory in Chicago and I bought it from the son of the man who worked the bench for over 40 years. It's not in terribly good shape: the front decal plate is bent, handles are beaten, undersides of maple top are chipped in some places, only has one vice [I don't even think it's the original vice], bottom of drawer is warped severely, and it's missing a bolt on one of the legs. The workbench is still extremely usable as a....well a workbench and i'm considering holding onto it but what can I do to return it to its' former glory?
 

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Use the KISS method on this piece of history I agree with cabinetman here :thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:
 
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That's a nice bench. I believe all I would do is reglue it or what ever it took to make it stable and leave everything else alone.
 

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would you leave a vintage car in its old rusty condition, or restore it to its original glory? why is it bad to restore a vintage workbench to its original glory?

if it was mine, I would take the hardware off and clean it as best I could, and strip the paint off and repaint it the original color, if it was originally painted.

I don't see that as blasphemy, I see it as giving it some well-deserved love.
 
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