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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...
  2. 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...
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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...
  4. Thread: Cleaning

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

    https://gerstnerusa.com/replacement-hardware/finish-restorer-and-preserver
  5. 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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    I soak locks in Evaporust for a couple days and...

    I soak locks in Evaporust for a couple days and then rinse them with hot water and allow them to dry. A couple squirts of WD-40 or PB Blaster will sometimes free them up. Do you have a key?
    ...
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    I just clicked on a link and got the sound with...

    I just clicked on a link and got the sound with no problem. They are all linked in my account, so they do seem to go one after the other. I have no idea of how to stop that. Do you have your...
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    You Tube Videos

    I have posted some of my videos on You Tube:

    Gluing Felt:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EkGPGVF1hGg&list=UUpEK_ITQQTjdNyVo7Clk_vg&index=4

    Sand between coats:...
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    My pleasure....

    My pleasure....
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    Great job! It looks terrific.

    Great job! It looks terrific.
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    Cool! Glad you figured it out.

    Cool! Glad you figured it out.
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    OK, let's tackle your questions. Replacement...

    OK, let's tackle your questions.

    Replacement locks are not available, that I know of. I have a number of chests without these round locks. If you find a source, let me know. If you have an old...
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    I personally favor the tripoli compound. It's...

    I personally favor the tripoli compound. It's usually reddish brown in color, but I'm not sure what set you've got.
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    It can be found and downloaded from my web site:...

    It can be found and downloaded from my web site:

    https://gerstnertoolchest.shutterfly.com/

    Scroll down to section entitled: Spreadsheet of Models and pdf's for dating chests
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    Old hardware vs new hardware....

    I did a photographic essay on the subject on my website:


    https://gerstnertoolchest.shutterfly.com/hardware/200
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    Sticky: Great tool! Thanks Ian!

    Great tool! Thanks Ian!
  19. Thread: Wedell & Boers

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    No, I don't have one and can't find a picture...

    No, I don't have one and can't find a picture either. The first one I restored didn't have one, and the last one I restored, I made a mirror frame out of mahogany.
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  20. Thread: Suggestion

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    Gerstner has a Laser CNC!

    I was at the 2019 Gerstner Owners Club Appreciation Day and saw that they have added a new space to house their most recent purchase - a Laser cutting CNC machine.

    Matthew was recruited as its...
  21. Thread: O42 Rescue

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    Terrific job - more than I would have tackled. I...

    Terrific job - more than I would have tackled. I would have kept the hardware and scrapped the rest....
  22. Thread: Dayton bound

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    I'll be there, too. Flying up from Florida and...

    I'll be there, too. Flying up from Florida and staying in a guest house near the university.
  23. Mike, There are detailed restoration...

    Mike,

    There are detailed restoration procedures on my web site:

    https://gerstnertoolchest.shutterfly.com/

    along with chronicled and photographed restorations of over 200 boxes.
  24. LandscapePenguin, The moderator of the forum...

    LandscapePenguin,

    The moderator of the forum is the president of H. Gerstner and Sons, Scott Campbell. His email address is scott@gerstnerusa.com

    Carvesinwood,

    I have never run into an...
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    I think that attempts to take this apart and...

    I think that attempts to take this apart and repair it may do just that - cause more harm than good. I would be inclined to sand it flush, if it is stable, and then use a Blend-Fil pencil to fill in...
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