To create a table it sometimes requires a table. Or in this case, the workbench to end all workbenches.
Traditionally, benches like this were found in wood shops, basements and garages. Generous enough to hold large and, in some cases, multiple furniture items, the 4-inch-thick maple top provides a stable station. Located on the front and side are vises that keep the project in place. At the rear of the horizontal surface is a gutter where tools and shavings can be pushed aside, while below a later addition including walls and a hinged door form a compartment for storing other tools.
Today, this 7-foot piece is as likely to be found in an open-plan kitchen surround by people sipping drinks or preparing food as it is in a carpentry shop. A thorough cleaning and several coats of polyurethane converted a workhorse like this into a show pony worthy of all the praise and attention it attracts.
It’s good to shake things up. Yes, indeed. It’s also good to re-purpose an object specifically engineered for one task and reassigning it to fulfill another.
Here we have a mahogany Slingerland drum, manufactured in Chicago in the late 1920s. The wood frame on this example has aged well (hopefully from countless late night jams, smoke-filled clubs and spilled cocktails) giving the drum a charming patina. Its skins are tight and the metal hardware aides it in its overall strength.
Though still capable of holding its own as a functioning instrument, this piece will be re-purposed to be a generous sized coffee table.
Now, let’s see if we can drum up some drinks around here…(boom-boom!).
Update: Shortly after writing this post, the drum was snapped up and used in the John Varvatos, Spring 2011 campaign. (Can’t say I’ve ever been a fan of Dave Matthews but the ad is very well styled!)
There’s been a trend in the last few years toward vintage/antique trophies—and you can see why! Sporting memorabilia has always been a hot area, and trophies are a natural extension of this. In particular, old golf trophies are on the rise price-wise.
This “loving cup” is more of a whimsical find than an investment. I was drawn to the sheer scale of this trophy, measuring a whopping 20+ inches tall. The silver plate is tired and worn (just the way I prefer it). Beautifully ornate silver details adorn the lower part of the cup; the arms and cup itself rest on a black solid-wood base.
The hedonists in my girlfriend and I make us want to appropriate this as our new Champagne bucket. Bottoms up!