About Us . . 

In September 2005 we moved from Charleston, South Carolina to our new home in a suburb of Savannah, Georgia.

We had been transferred therebadlyto open 2 new Hotels. At that time I had been a Hotel Administrator for over 28 years.

Our new home didn't have a workbench!!.
 

I found myself missing the built-in bench that we left behind.

I've always thought of the work area as a place to make small repairs or even tackle some very large projects.

 

Weekends were spent helping Emily to organize and getting our daughter, Nina, settled in, not to mention the new 1 1/2 acre lawn calling out for attention! Emily wanted so badly to find me a work ready Bench.

 

All she could find was a metal workbench with a very thin top. There was nothing available of any substance to buy locally or online. While she paid a premium for it,

I was overjoyed with her thoughtfulness. I was so excited until I had to put this 250 some odd pieces of mostly metal together.

 

I think there was more excitement in seeing the colorful box than the finished product. It was shaky. The drawers didn't fit right. The worst part was the day I had to hammer out a part from my lawnmower. The sounds of metal parts jingling with every hit caught the attention of everyone within 100 yards. I simply could not understand why one would be forced to buy this type of product made in some third world country only to have this type of disappointment.

 

Needless to say, this was the beginning of my quest to create a simple, well made workbench, easy to assemble, and that would withstand abuse and yet be the center of attention in my workspace.

The original "Big John" workbench, "Made in America" was born. What began as a frustration became a thriving business. 

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