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    Most of the time, the hardware on these chests...

    Most of the time, the hardware on these chests and cases is dull or oxidized when I get them. The original hardware was nickel-plated steel and subject to developing a brown outer surface which can...
  2. Thread: Felt question

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    I prefer to do it like it came from the factory. ...

    I prefer to do it like it came from the factory. I usually do the sides of the top and the till, especially in an all wood box, few came with felt inside the sides of the drawers. Besides, it's a...
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    You should be able to check the screw part of the...

    You should be able to check the screw part of the knob directly into the drill chuck, without using an intermediate block. That is, unless your thrift store drill chuck won'r close that far.

    I...
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    What are you doing?

    I thought there would be a lot more posting traffic on the forum now that most of the country is sheltered at home. Do you have enough projects to keep you busy and out of your wife's hair? Tell us...
  5. All I can tell you is that STAR chests are not my...

    All I can tell you is that STAR chests are not my favorites. I have issues with their build quality and construction techniques, specially their use of metal drawer runners.
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    Ted, I love Union chests and their history. I...

    Ted,

    I love Union chests and their history. I have restored about 60 Unions and I refer to your web site all the time to get the information and history behind each one.

    Thanks for your hard...
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    It's smart to have a couple projects lined up for...

    It's smart to have a couple projects lined up for a trying time like this. Your hardware provided me with a diversion and killed some time. I enjoyed doing it for you.

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    Ryan, Yes, more are available. I'll include...

    Ryan,

    Yes, more are available. I'll include extras over and above what you will need for the handles you send me to re-cover and refurbish. I am very generous in my counts.
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    Great job! That's using your noodle! I have...

    Great job! That's using your noodle!

    I have a couple pieces of HD plastic in various sizes I use to clamp over the surfaces I repair. They provide even pressure and the glue doesn't stick to...
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    We are so much alike - always have to have a...

    We are so much alike - always have to have a project to work on...
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    What I find very interesting is that the receipt...

    What I find very interesting is that the receipt was issued at the Pittsfield, MA, General Electric Plant. I was married in Pittsfield, and my wife was raised there. Our first daughter was born in...
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    I admit that I just do not have the talent and/or...

    I admit that I just do not have the talent and/or patience to recover these chests with leatherette. I have even had lessons from the head restorer at the Gerstner factory and I can't seem to get it...
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    This is not a very old chest as shown by the...

    This is not a very old chest as shown by the later label. Please visit my web site for instruction on refinishing, etc.

    https://gerstnertoolchest.shutterfly.com/
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    The "H" is nothing more than a production run...

    The "H" is nothing more than a production run number. It has nothing to do with the type of wood and is useless in trying to determine the age of the chest. "O" 52's are made of Oak. Gerstner did...
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    Please help to identify this chest

    https://gerstnertoolchest.shutterfly.com/referencepictures/302

    This is Keith's father's chest from the 40's. He asked for help to identify the maker.
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    That should work! Just don't drop the hatchet on...

    That should work! Just don't drop the hatchet on your foot....
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    Installing split rivets

    I just uploaded a video to YouTube detailing the installation of a handle and ferrules on a machinist's chest using the proper dome headed split rivets.
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    Handsome chest! It looks like you are well on...

    Handsome chest! It looks like you are well on the way to developing your own restoration style.

    Great job!
  19. I will be 73 in May. I have an extensive knife...

    I will be 73 in May. I have an extensive knife collection that I was looking for a home for. I made the mistake of buying a Harbor Freight Windsor box and I hated it! It was made cheaply (in...
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    Great start! Welcome to our obsession...

    Great start! Welcome to our obsession...
  21. Thread: Kwality Kases

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    Yours is a Kwality Kase made by Wedell & Boers. ...

    Yours is a Kwality Kase made by Wedell & Boers. Why anyone would want to call it "Gerstner-style" is beyond my comprehension level. It has no real similarity to a Gerstner constructed chest in...
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    Great job! That is one smart looking chest! I...

    Great job! That is one smart looking chest! I love the proportions of these smaller 41's.
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    Matthew, Sorry, but I don't see any pictures...

    Matthew,

    Sorry, but I don't see any pictures attached. Since these models are post- 1980, they are not included in Ted Johnson's site, but Scott Campbell at Gerstnerusa (scott@gerstnerusa.com)...
  24. Thread: Dentist Box

    by user459
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    WOW! Geat job on the leatherette and debossing! ...

    WOW! Geat job on the leatherette and debossing! You have way more patience than I do...
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    Mat, I scrape what rust I can get off, then...

    Mat,

    I scrape what rust I can get off, then coat it with Rust Reformer. It darkens as it dries and converts the ferrous oxide to a hard, stable substrate.

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    In my experience, the felt...
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