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    Wow, that is nice looking.

    Wow, that is nice looking.
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    "Not sure where my head has been" It's...

    "Not sure where my head has been"

    It's probably been in the shop restoring a tool chest. :D
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    I have the same type clamps..........without the...

    I have the same type clamps..........without the vinyl tips. They wouldn't pull the leather in tight............especially the tight bend headed over the top edge of the handle. I've looked at your...
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    Well, Chris, I think I've failed handle...

    Well, Chris, I think I've failed handle restoration 101. I pulled on that wet leather until my thumbs and fingers were numb and the top layer of the leather was rolling off. The result certainly...
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    Okie-Dokie, fellow restorers.................I...

    Okie-Dokie, fellow restorers.................I got my felt glued in today, all except the top because I've got to rivet the handle to the top yet. Biggest delay on the handle is I failed Handle...
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    Well, 6 hours later and I don't see any shrinkage...

    Well, 6 hours later and I don't see any shrinkage that indicates that wrinkle will pull in tight. I must be doing something wrong.
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    Handle restoration

    I sure hope this wet leather I've wrapped the handle with will shrink. I've pulled until my fingers are numb and can't get the wrinkle out of the sharp curve.
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    41 Restoration update

    It was just brought to my attention I'd not posted on the forum in a while. So here goes:

    Got the lock installed, and thanks to Terry for taking my lock to his locksmith, I've got a set of keys. ...
  9. Thread: "Survivor" O42

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    I got to see it on-line a couple of days ago and...

    I got to see it on-line a couple of days ago and I have to go into town today to buy a new keyboard. The technician told me over the phone that slobber can really destroy keyboards. :D
  10. Thread: Decal Question

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    Can't argue that point with you. Beautiful chest.

    Can't argue that point with you. Beautiful chest.
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    Good work, Bill. I'm beginning to believe this...

    Good work, Bill. I'm beginning to believe this tiny little forum is full of wonderful people. I know because I've been the recipient of that attitude. Much appreciated.
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    AArrrrrrrrgg! That's the chest I want to...

    AArrrrrrrrgg! That's the chest I want to restore! Great catch, even if it took some time to acquire. (envy, envy, envy)
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    Not busy (active) = Decay. :(

    Not busy (active) = Decay. :(
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    Well, Terry is certainly a qualified restorer. ...

    Well, Terry is certainly a qualified restorer. You picked a good one.
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    Well chime in anytime something triggers a...

    Well chime in anytime something triggers a thought. Nice hearing from anyone interested in these vintage tool boxes.
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    Believe me, John, I absolutely get that. I was...

    Believe me, John, I absolutely get that. I was just ribbing ya........hoping you'd chime in from time to time. I just recently joined the forum and it seems awfully quiet around here. I'm used to...
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    Aw come-on, a job isn't an excuse. :D If you can...

    Aw come-on, a job isn't an excuse. :D If you can put in an hour in the evening to watch the boob-tube, you can restore a toolbox............................especially if it's a Gerstner! I'm havin'...
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    Thanks, Bill. I'll certainly not be bashful. ...

    Thanks, Bill. I'll certainly not be bashful. I'll be posting pictures.
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    Not frustrated. Only thing that's really...

    Not frustrated. Only thing that's really frustrated me so far, Bill was trying to find all the chemicals for the stripping and washing......and then the Oxolyc Acid. I think I've got the name and...
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    Okay, got all my "stuff" ordered from Gerstner...

    Okay, got all my "stuff" ordered from Gerstner tonight. So things are rollin' right along.
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    Furniture builders have been using hide glue for...

    Furniture builders have been using hide glue for centuries, Lanso. If a joint comes unglued, they'd just reapply hide glue and re-clamp. The use of hide glue is so when panels shrink and expand,...
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    I agree, Ted. My wife doesn't participate (or...

    I agree, Ted. My wife doesn't participate (or should I say "tolerate") any of my interests except my photography........both of us being artists. Most any interest I have is "a waste of time or too...
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    Yup...............hide glue! :D

    Yup...............hide glue! :D
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    Not really much to show until it's finished,...

    Not really much to show until it's finished, Bill. At the moment, the case is sitting, as I mentioned, with the "skin" painted and waxed. The polished hardware is all back on it except the lock and...
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    Ahhhh, another name I've heard referenced. Glad...

    Ahhhh, another name I've heard referenced. Glad to meet you also.

    I'm working on my first restoration. I've asked a bunch of questions and needed much advice. I've been on the forum so much...
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