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    Help Identify this Box?

    A friend forwarded me pictures of his grandfather's tool chest, but I can't seem to identify its maker, can you?

    https://gerstnertoolchest.shutterfly.com/referencepictures/240

    Please let me...
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    I don't use Murphy's at all. I go over the...

    I don't use Murphy's at all. I go over the stripped piece with steel wool and After Wash, then lightly sand it to remove any barrier to the bleach. Then I apply oxalic acid (Wood Bleach). Once...
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    Stop!

    If there is any way to avoid removing the hinges, don't remove them. They are a PITA to re-install. I usually clean them up in place with a Dremel, a dental pick, and Simichrome polish.
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    Nice set of boxes! Your set is way newer than...

    Nice set of boxes!

    Your set is way newer than the ones I usually deal with, but I'll give your questions a shot.

    Yes the top of the box is oak veneer plywood as is the back. The front panel,...
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    Scott, The identifier is indeed a Gerstner...

    Scott,

    The identifier is indeed a Gerstner thing; it was developed by Ian Campbell, Scott Campbell's son. When I ran your specifics through the Identifier, I didn't come up with a Style 72.
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    Scott, You mentioned you are restoring a Model...

    Scott,

    You mentioned you are restoring a Model 72. I am not familiar with a Gerstner chest or case with that Style number. I double checked through the web site and my own spreadsheet and did...
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    We need pictures, lots of pictures! First, let...

    We need pictures, lots of pictures!

    First, let me welcome you to the wonderful world of Machinist's tool boxes.

    I am not a "clean it up" kind of guy, but I know from restoring about 240 of...
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    I do things a bit differently. I rarely take out...

    I do things a bit differently. I rarely take out the bottoms to clean the insides of the drawers, but, when I spray polyurethane on the faces of the drawers, I also coat the side where the runners...
  9. Thread: Who Are You?

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    Don't stop now, keep going! Welcome to the...

    Don't stop now, keep going!

    Welcome to the obsession, Bob. Many of us started the exact same way.
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    That looks much better! i usually wipe it down...

    That looks much better! i usually wipe it down after bleaching using hot water with some baking soda in it to neutralize the acid. Then I final sand it when it dries and use steel wool and a tack...
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    Scott, I agree with Paul. I would try...

    Scott,

    I agree with Paul. I would try drilling out the spot welds and smoothing them down before I would even think about replacing the galvanized steel drawer bottoms. They will be covered with...
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    There are clues given on the web site: ...

    There are clues given on the web site:

    https://sites.google.com/site/theguideforwoodmachinistchests/pg-10---gerstner-info/style-10-11-12

    But even Gerstner can only get within a ten year period....
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    If the stains are truly grease stains. I would...

    If the stains are truly grease stains. I would try After Wash to draw them out before going overboard on the Wood Bleach. You could always use the round backing plates to disguise the stains...
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    I have been frustrated for days due to the rainy...

    I have been frustrated for days due to the rainy weather here in the "Sunshine State". I have a Gerstner mahogany 41B That I got the first couple of coats of polyurethane on, but had to bring it...
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    Values are hardest thing to establish, especially...

    Values are hardest thing to establish, especially without pictures. You can do a search on Ebay to find what they recently sold for. From my experience, the Pilliod is more desirable than the Geo....
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    Thanks Ted! Great info!

    Thanks Ted! Great info!
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    I never noticed a smell from it....

    I never noticed a smell from it....
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    Beans in a jar?

    Beans in a jar?
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    Replacement springs for catches

    GOOD NEWS!!

    The replacement springs are back in stock in the Gerstner Store.

    https://gerstnerusa.com/replacement-hardware/part-1044-replacement-spring-for-gerstner-catch

    They were out of...
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    Never thought of that either. I just cut a new...

    Never thought of that either. I just cut a new mirror... It seems to be a lot more work to remove the old silvering and apply new stuff.
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    https://gerstnerusa.com/news-and-events
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    Yes, I still have the domed headed nickel plated...

    Yes, I still have the domed headed nickel plated split rivets. Contact me at redrush@cfl.rr.com
  23. Personally, I don't think a chest without a front...

    Personally, I don't think a chest without a front panel is worth the powder to blow it up.
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    The catches were made by Eagle lock company and...

    The catches were made by Eagle lock company and are virtually identical. It's just that Gerstner opted to have theirs engraved with their name. The springs will work in either.
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    If you are talking about the bottoms of the...

    If you are talking about the bottoms of the drawer bottoms, the powdery substance is zinc oxide, formed when the zinc applied during galvanization oxidizes. The powdery substance may be scraped off,...
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