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Art & Inspiration Now THAT'S How You Build A Tool Chest

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by ClayMart, Mar 20, 2019.

  1. H. Gerstner & Sons, Dayton, Ohio.

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  2. Dick Stevens
    Joined: Aug 7, 2012
    Posts: 3,020

    Dick Stevens

  3. williebill
    Joined: Mar 1, 2004
    Posts: 2,665


    Wow. Thanks for posting.
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  4. Rickybop
    Joined: May 23, 2008
    Posts: 6,841

    from Michigan

    Very nice.
    A perfect addition to an old-style garage/shop.
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  5. BamaMav
    Joined: Jun 19, 2011
    Posts: 4,632

    from Berry, AL

    That’s a male jewelry box! Too nice to put greasy tools in.
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  6. Black_Sheep
    Joined: May 22, 2010
    Posts: 1,237


    My buddy picked up a box like that at an estate sale, still filled with machinist's tools and a small book full of hand written notes. It's obvious age and honest wear made it a thing of beauty...
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  7. That's more suited for storing and protecting your "delicate" items. :D Things like your micrometers, dial calipers, bore gauges, etc. You know... your frilly stuff. :p
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  8. deathrowdave
    Joined: May 27, 2014
    Posts: 2,342

    from NKy

    Yes that’s what defined as a machinist chest . I have been out with a few women years ago that carried a tackle box with them . Now that is a scary thought today .
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  9. continentaljohn
    Joined: Jul 24, 2002
    Posts: 4,730


    When I was doing my apprenticeship as a toolmaker @ 18years old . I was told to buy one that would reflect my work and one you’ll keep forever. I bought the biggest walnut Gerstner box and still have it in the shop. They are works of art and made to last forever......
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  10. Latigo
    Joined: Mar 24, 2014
    Posts: 651


    Thanks for posting. Beautiful tool boxes. I apprenticed as a machinist about 100 years ago and was amazed at the toolboxes those guys all had.
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  11. Fortunateson
    Joined: Apr 30, 2012
    Posts: 3,614


    So that’s the basis of those cheap HF boxes that they sell. Wonder how much th real deal costs?
  12. They're certainly more expensive than a nice new Kennedy machinist's chest. But they are also a lot prettier. :p
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  13. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
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  14. rd martin
    Joined: Nov 14, 2006
    Posts: 2,446

    rd martin
    from indiana

    wow, I have my dads old gershner box he bought new, im guessing 1930 or so. my sister had it and refinished it, and gave it to me. I will post pics! never throught they were still in business!
  15. Please do! We all love looking at pictures. :D
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  16. jnaki
    Joined: Jan 1, 2015
    Posts: 5,213



    Wow, that is some quality woodworking. These days, that would look out of place in our updated garage. Our white cabinets would make that free standing tool chest stand out, that is for sure. We once had an old wooden tool chest, nowhere near the quality and size of the one shown. We had fun with the tool chest. But, over time, it got damaged with the constant tools going in and out of the drawers.

    So, we got a simple Craftsman metal one that lasted 25+ years. But, when I was heavily into slot car racing, wooden tool boxes or chests with multiple drawers were the latest rage. Lightweight, sturdy and nothing to drain out magnets from the recently charged drag racing and sports car motors. With metal, there was a chance of metal on magnets draining the supplied power. With wooden drawers, there was no chance of accidental draining.
    upload_2019-4-8_3-50-24.png upload_2019-4-8_3-50-45.png new “pit” boxes lined with felt

    As much as I liked wooden tool cabinets, for us, they were eventually replaceable since they got beat up really fast. Even with plastic lining, or felt type material to deaden the sound and offer some protection to the bodies, the metal ones lasted for ever.
    upload_2019-4-8_3-52-44.png dental cabinet

    We even went so far as to try a multiple drawer, dental tool cabinet that rolled as our hot rod tool chest. The rolling wheels made it easier to move the tools to the car and not have to carry the heavy portable metal tool chest. The dental multiple drawer chest had tons of drawers, a baked on black finish on side, and whole structure. (with a white on the drawer faces) It even had a secret pop up drawer in the top rear surface. That secret place was the area to store Mercury, Silver Amalgam and various types of dental gold, for teeth fillings in the old days.
    But, the fragile baked on paint of the whole structure did not work out for everyday hot rod tool usage. I gave it to my old high school friend who was now a dentist. After his hot rod days, he used it for keeping his rare wood pieces that were made into custom lathe turned pens and pencil sets. He said those drawers would be great for the different sized raw pieces and for the finished finger grip/cap pieces of wood.

    The multiple separations within a drawer or two would be for the types of wood, pencil grips, caps, and for the internal pieces. Those pencil/pen sets had a lot of little parts that all had to have separate drawers for ease of installation. So, what we learned in lathe machine work during our high school metal shop, auto shop, and wood shop all came into play many years later.

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  17. 54reno
    Joined: Dec 4, 2009
    Posts: 115


    I have one of those Gerstner boxes in my garage. It was my father in laws had no idea it was worth that kind of money.
  18. khead47
    Joined: Mar 29, 2010
    Posts: 1,736


    As an apprentice in 1966 I bought one for $250 ! Lotta money then.
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  19. In my younger days, 1960's they were the machinist tool box to have. excellent quaility
  20. 1940Willys
    Joined: Feb 3, 2011
    Posts: 495


    Definite Eye Candy for the wide eyed young apprentice I once was. Penny pinching, I bought all metal Machinists Boxes. And for the olfactory senses. Add a camphor block to the bottom drawer to disperse lite oils for rust protection. Intoxication in a Good way! I was always fascinated with the precision tools those Beauties held. Lufkin, Brown & Sharp, and Starrett.
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