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    I'll check...

    Darrell,

    You are right, the handle ferrules for a Star chest are quie discinctive. I may have a set of ferrules hanging aroun. Unfortunately, I am away from my home in FLorida and up in New...
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    By the way, those things with felt in the bottoms...

    By the way, those things with felt in the bottoms are called drawers, not draws.
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    Since the Wedell & Boers material is so different...

    Since the Wedell & Boers material is so different from Gerstner's, What I have done in the past is to take material from the bottom of the box to cut patches for the missing material. I use contact...
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    I can see the resemblance to other Wedell & Boers...

    I can see the resemblance to other Wedell & Boers chests I have had. They are well built. Another clue is the distinctive pattern of debossing on the leatherette of the front panel. The material...
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    Looks like an early Gerstner 41, 1921-1923, to...

    Looks like an early Gerstner 41, 1921-1923, to me. I have had several of these. Are the drawer fronts oak or mahogany?
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    Gerstners zip code is: H GERSTNER &...

    Gerstners zip code is:


    H GERSTNER & SONS 20 GERSTNER WAY DAYTON OH 45402-8408

    The lock number will not help determine the age of the chest, but its design and lot number...
  7. Thread: Found on Ebay

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    I was wrong, it is not a ring pull on the front...

    I was wrong, it is not a ring pull on the front cover, but is a rounded, Gerstner-type, finger pull. It is here now.

    https://gerstnertoolchest.shutterfly.com/6912
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    I think they will match just the way they come...

    I think they will match just the way they come from Gerstner. They call them tan, but they are really brown.
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    Here's the right direction. These are New Old...

    Here's the right direction. These are New Old Stock, not repros.

    https://gerstnerusa.com/replacement-hardware/part-1067-tan-bakelite-drawer-knob

    Originals are hard to find unless you buy a...
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    Nice box, though not as old as you may think. ...

    Nice box, though not as old as you may think. The type of lock gives the age away, plus the addition of a zip code on the stencil.

    As for the water stains, I have had good luck using wood...
  11. Thread: Found on Ebay

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    Found on Ebay

    I saw this one and was reminded of other 41's I have restored in the past, but the seller did not include measurements in the listing. The ring pull on the front panel is indicative of its age, but...
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    No, I have never seen factory installed felt with...

    No, I have never seen factory installed felt with seams in it. Probably was a poor attempt at re-felting somewhere in its past. Good question for Scott Campbell.
  13. Thread: No Till Union

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    Yours is a Union D17 in Birch. ...

    Yours is a Union D17 in Birch.

    https://gerstnertoolchest.shutterfly.com/union/3072
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    Tim, Ebay is THE marketplace. Just...

    Tim,

    Ebay is THE marketplace.

    Just because someone lists an item for a ridiculously high price, in our estimation, does not mean it will sell for that price. I'll watch that one. You never...
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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...
  18. 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,...
  21. 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
  23. 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

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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. .
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