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HAMB "Vintage" Tool Box Club

Discussion in 'The Antiquated' started by daveydeuce, Dec 3, 2006.

  1. Buz
    Joined: May 18, 2007
    Posts: 133


    The Gerstner company has a web site and they will look up the time the box was made for a fee. They also make keys for your lock. Take out the drawers and look at the back and there should be a number in pencil. They hand fit each drawer to the location in the box. I have the one my father in law used at work.
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  2. plym_46
    Joined: Sep 8, 2005
    Posts: 3,999

    from central NY

    Found a key, and the pencil notations on the back of several drawers. Sent them an email about year of manufacture. Later ones apparently used plywood with overlay this seems all solid wood with exception of metal drawer bottoms.
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  3. barryvanhook
    Joined: Jun 17, 2011
    Posts: 625

    from Mesa, AZ

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  4. If you hadn't already seen what goes into building a Gerstner machinist's chest, take a few minutes to relax and enjoy this. :cool:

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  5. Welshmtnhotrodshop
    Joined: Mar 9, 2014
    Posts: 1


    I recently purchased this Vintage Williams "Super Chest" from a local classified ad...I haven't been able to get any info on approx year and haven't seen another like it...does anybody have info or a year on this box? Also it has a cool looking logo Painted or screen printed on the box...

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  6. sliceddeuce
    Joined: Aug 15, 2017
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  7. I'd not heard of this brand name either but a quick search turned up some leads for you. You might try searching as "JH Williams". The brand seems to be tied in to Snap-On Tools but they seem to be more of an industrial tool supplier rather than automotive.

    And you're right . . . That is a very cool chest! :cool:
  8. There were also 9/32nds drive tools made expressly for the military. I found this out when I bought some stuff from an estate sale of a retired Air Force mechanic. In the stuff was what I thought was a 1/4 inch drive Snap-On ratchet and several other pieces. Awhile later when I tried to use it with a 1/4 inch drive set the sockets wouldn't fit on it. That is when I found out about 9/32nds drive.
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    Joined: Aug 1, 2017
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  10. SAM3 Customs
    Joined: Oct 22, 2008
    Posts: 31

    SAM3 Customs
    from Michigan

    I found this in an antique shop several years ago. It's in the 1959 Craftsman tool catalog. 20160522_100327-1.jpeg Screenshot_2016-06-19-23-28-43-1.jpeg

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  11. marsurfboards
    Joined: Aug 1, 2017
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    snap-on KR 278

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  13. utahdodge
    Joined: Sep 13, 2008
    Posts: 194



    I picked up this old wooden military box at an auction last year. It has an itemized table of contents, with little numbered brass tags next to the spots where each tool belonged.

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    Just picked up this neat little tool box at an auction. Nice blue hammertone paint (seems a little more blue than the Craftsman grey), single drawer, drop down front. No name on it anywhere. Does anyone recognize this toolbox? What is the proper name for a toolbox with the dropdown front/lid? Not really a machinist box, so what do you call it?
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  15. bobbytnm
    Joined: Dec 16, 2008
    Posts: 1,375


    Not a tool box, but I picked up a pair of vintage work benches. I worked off of benches like these at a Cadillac dealership way back when.
    There is an air hose under the bench top an a parts washer bucket inside

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  16. 41 GMC K-18
    Joined: Jun 27, 2019
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    41 GMC K-18

    Very cool!
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  17. 41 GMC K-18
    Joined: Jun 27, 2019
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    41 GMC K-18

    In my vintage Williams tool catalog, I was able to find this tool chest and price page. My catalog was printed during the war years, so your particular super chest was probably manufactured after the printing of my catalog. But this is as close as I could find to your tool chest. I thought it would be interesting for you to see what could be had for the prices as listed, back in the days when this catalog was published.

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  18. 1940Willys
    Joined: Feb 3, 2011
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    Worked in a Machine Shop in the 70's that had a contract to make specialized Hex Drive Sockets for JH Williams. Some were 6" across the flats. Was told they were used on the oil rigs and in ship building. The Owner Clarence Miller would give the JH Williams guy a bottle of cheer at Christmas. One of the coolest shops I ever worked!
  19. I know they are not really old but I'm hoping that someone might be able to help. I have a bunch if 90's craftsman tool boxes that I use in my shop building HAMB friendly vehicles. I am trying to find replacement locks to key them all the same. 20200927_192710.jpg 20200927_200521.jpg
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  20. If a local locksmith can't help you, there's always McMaster-Carr. What you're looking for are called "keyed-alike" locks.
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