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    New with questions

    Hi, brand new here, thanks for the add. I recently picked up a Union tool chest. The lock on the front panel is frozen. Are replacements available? Are new Union decals available? Where can I find out about how old it is?
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    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 school locksmith in your area, give him or her a try.

    New Union decals are available on Ebay. Need a close up picture to get the right one.
    Was it made in Rochester or Leroy, NY?

    You should acquaint yourself with Ted Johnson's web site to address what style and age it is:

    https://sites.google.com/site/thegui...ecial-features

    Here are some details you need to ascertain:

    Are the front and back panels solid or raised panel construction?
    What are the exact dimensions?
    Are there heads on the top and bottom of the large drawer front?
    How many nails hold each ring pull on?

    Have you removed the lower drawers and looked for a stamping of the model (ie. DDD) and the production number? The production number is most often stamped into the wood in the bottom right corner of the box bottom and on the right side edge of the front panel.

    Here's one on my site: https://gerstnertoolchest.shutterfly.com/union/1380


    I hope this helps.

    Terry

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    Thanks!!

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    Model B17 made in Rochester, NY. 74 is stamped into bottom inside

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    Cool! Glad you figured it out.

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    I think this chest is beautiful. I know I am not the only voice here but I would pay more for it just the way it is than with a new decal and a new finish. My be it is that there are not too many Union chests this nice and still in original condition. That doesn't mean I would not touch up some of the scratches but I would basically leave it. I am with Terry that a local locksmith can probably free up the lock.
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    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?

    https://shop.advanceautoparts.com/p/...Term=evaporust

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    I have a key. I got the lock to unlock while it was removed by fiddling with screwdrivers. not sure if there's a spring or something missing. Have some evaporust I use when restoring coleman lanterns. I'll try soaking it in there.

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