I have one of the folding benches shown in the picture. It was my grand father's and he used it on camping trips to upper Michigan. It is listed in the 1902 Sears catalog. I made a copy of it as it is quite old and not as strong as new. If anyone is interested in making a copy I have sketched out the measurements and have several pictures.
Nice! It is always wonderful to have special connections to your ancestors. I hope you plan to use it at car shows and the like.
Thanks for sharing.
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2
Sent you a PM
It's also in my reprint of the 1906 S & R catalogue.
Gary, I sent you a PM requesting the sketch and the pictures. Thanks for sharing.
Gary I have also you pm message.
How about posting the drawings & photos here, I'm certain a number of us would like doing such a project. I assume it folds up into an easy-to-carry shape?
Wonder who took the picture for them? Would that be your dad looking over the bench--assuming the other two are your Grandparents (or is she too young & would be your Aunt? Can't tell here).
I got quite a few requests so I decided to post what I have here. Considering my computer skills it's probably a better idea. Any one with questions can benefit everyone. The frame wood is maple 3/4 x 1 5/8. The slats are oak 3/8 x 1 3/4 x 40. The distance between back rests is 30". I think the rest can be determined from there. OH, The diagonal bracing on the back is likely a good idea.
Very nice work and slotted screws. Fantastic.
I saw one of these a few years ago that was made by prisoners at the Internment Camp at Ripples, New Brunswick, Canada, during WWII. The pattern was probably copied from one like shown in this thread
David, It's not my family. Just found the pic on the net.
I noted the seat in the picture doesn't have the diagonal bracing on the back rest. Maybe a different mfgr. The original was stained red and it has a decal but too much is missing to get any information. I felt some of the corners could have rounded off for a more pleasant look and the seat rail scalloped out a bit to better fit our round bottoms. Maybe this was done on the "deluxe model". Anyway, I followed the original.
Neat, Yes, I think the diagonal brace would be an important feature. Can you post a pic of the decal, maybe someone here can recognize the Manufacturer.
Shucks, I thought that was your family--but I see you never even hinted that it might be, just that you had a bench like the one in the pic.
Too busy jumpin' to conclusions here!
Or is that concussions?
Nice bench. I will try to copy it
I have seen a bench like tha before, but many years ago.
Neat bench, does it flex much when someone sits in the middle?