Re: 1935 Vintage Kitchen - Can anyone tell me what the function of this wooden bar is
Could it be the thing to clamp the meat grinder/cherry-stoner/apple peeler (etc) onto? There used to be a lot of mechanical crank-operated kitchen tools that needed a firm mounting; usually this was the kitchen table edge, but maybe the builder planned for another way, perhaps knowing there would not be an appropriate table.
Or it's a very small ironing board!
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