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    Yours is not a Starrett chest and should not be...

    Yours is not a Starrett chest and should not be badged as such. Starrett had definite specifications as to the mahogany wood, the layout of the drawers, red felt and the mirror placed square instead...
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    Small End Nippers

    I find these little "end nippers" valuable in so many ways. They are grip onto errant nails found in these boxes and are handy for pulling straightened split rivets from hardware. Just be sure to...
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    I can't say I have much to say in the way of...

    I can't say I have much to say in the way of encouragement or advice. Replacing leatherette is just not my field of expertise. I even sat with Paul Martin at Gerstner & Sons and sill couldn't get...
  4. Ted, it makes sense to me, but I know there is a...

    Ted, it makes sense to me, but I know there is a lot of confusion out there regarding the difference between a dovetail and a finger joint or box joint. Many people call any joint they see a...
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    Congratulations! We would love to follow your...

    Congratulations! We would love to follow your progress.
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    Doesn't look like a Gerstner I am familiar with....

    Doesn't look like a Gerstner I am familiar with.

    It has draw catches instead of snap catches or clasps

    I can't see a classic Gerstner mirror frame

    The beading on the drawers is on the top,...
  7. Thread: Union D-17

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    This is a birch box. Details on the finish are...

    This is a birch box. Details on the finish are on the website.

    https://gerstnertoolchest.shutterfly.com/union/3140


    https://gerstnertoolchest.shutterfly.com/union/3072
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    We're here to help

    It's pretty easy; find the section that interests you and ask questions. We are glad to help.
    Welcome,

    Terry
  9. Thread: Union D-17

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    Union D-17

    I worked on this one while up in Connecticut. I'll finish it next time I am up here from Florida.

    https://gerstnertoolchest.shutterfly.com/union/3072

    67326733
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    I might have been excited, too, if it were not...

    I might have been excited, too, if it were not for the facts that the leatherette has been totally stripped and the front panel made of store-bought plywood...
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    It's hard to tell, since the pictures won't...

    It's hard to tell, since the pictures won't expand to a decent resolution, as Toolbox Ted observed. .
  12. I'm up on the North Shore for a couple days. ...

    I'm up on the North Shore for a couple days. Give me a shout if you need some help.

    Terry
    413 531-1634
  13. You're welcome! Did you get the front cover off?

    You're welcome! Did you get the front cover off?
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    I think you've caught the bug.... Welcome to...

    I think you've caught the bug....

    Welcome to the session.
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    I have not seen brass used on an O31A, but it may...

    I have not seen brass used on an O31A, but it may have been an option.

    Check yours with a magnet; if they are steel or brass-plated they will be attracted to the magnet, if brass, they will not.
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    I have never seen brass hardware plated with...

    I have never seen brass hardware plated with nickel. Gerstner used steel hardware plated with nickel or solid brass hardware, that I know of.
  17. The panel will come out; it just takes the right...

    The panel will come out; it just takes the right touch and the right angle. Keep trying. Make sure one end is all the way out and down in the track fixture. Raise the panel to almost closed...
  18. Several things addressing your questions: ...

    Several things addressing your questions:

    First, check to see if the bottom of the chest has bowed upwards for being stored on a moist floor. Since Gerstner front panels are on tracks, it may be...
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    Don't glue the front panel...

    When reconstructing a front panel that has dried out and come apart, it is important to glue only the rails and stiles together where they meet. The recessed panel is meant to float in the rabbets...
  20. Thread: Cleaning

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    John, That's a lovely example of a box that...

    John,

    That's a lovely example of a box that did not "require" stripping and refinishing. I would have done the same as you to take advantage of the intact finish and patina.

    Most of the ones...
  21. Thread: Cleaning

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    OK, now I'll throw my two cents into the fray. ...

    OK, now I'll throw my two cents into the fray. What are you guys afraid of? That "finish" that is left on your box is a combination of poorly formulated old top coats covered with years of dirt and...
  22. Thread: Cleaning

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    https://gerstnerusa.com/replacement-hardware/finis...

    https://gerstnerusa.com/replacement-hardware/finish-restorer-and-preserver
  23. Thread: No felt

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    Beautiful job! I guess leather would look nice.…...

    Beautiful job! I guess leather would look nice.… It will take a few cows to get enough, but, whatever floats his boat!! I prefer felt, myself.
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    Hammacher Schlemmer Case

    I found this Hammacher Schlemmer case on Ebay on a tip from Toolbox Ted. I negotiated a deal with the seller on Ebay and I'm taking it to Connecticut with me for a project to tackle while I am up...
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    The smaller case is an O31B, but I can't get you...

    The smaller case is an O31B, but I can't get you a positive date on it. What is throwing me off is the front panel. It looks like a flat panel, but I have not seen one with a frame around the...
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