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Joiner’s Bench

Douthit, J.A. (attr.) –Karsten Petersen
Date Made:
oak top and frame
HOA 32; LOA 126 1/2(w/ bolt on end)
Accession Number:
Joiner or cabinetmaker’s workbench, with oak top and framework. Almost identical to workbench # 167.1 in style and construction. The trestle base is mortise and tenoned together and has tusk tenons holding the stretchers in place. The base contains three drawers, one large, deep drawer in center having two smaller compartments for tools inside, and two deep drawers on each side of the large drawer. All three have brass ring handles. There are two wooden vices, a standard leg/front vice on the left side and a tail vice on the right end. DOA (w/ screw) 35 3/4″.
LABEL NOTES: Donor indicated that this bench dates to early 18th century, but staff from Old Salem historic trades suspect it dates to the 19th century.
“PETERSEN” stamped on tail vise screw on edge is same as K PETERSEN stamp without the “K”. This is off to the side so the “K” may have been cut off. Brian Coe says that “K” may have been rasped off.
Screw from Petersen bench 773.2 matches screws on this bench.
NOTE: No J.A. Douthit in 1850 Census of Forsyth County.
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Robert Douthit