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    Is this a B20?

    I got this off eBay. Nice, quartersawn, it looks to take the old style locking mechanism with small cylinder and keys. From the measurements given would look to take that Eagle lock without any changes at all. It appears to have the holes for a Gerstner nameplate. I put a handle on temporarily from an old cabinet. The top is clearly plywood from underneath with a hardwood edge where the felt doesn't cover it up. It was refinished in 1979. It's labeled 17 in pencil on the bottom.
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    BUT: no side slides? none on drawer and none on sides of box on inside.
    Also, no side handles, no obvious holes for them either.
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    Did Gerstner ever make a B20 in Oak with no slides? or without side handles on the 20" model? My 041 seems to fit just the way it should.IMG_5279.jpg IMG_5265.jpg
    I don't want to buy the old eagle lock if this isn't a real Gerstner.
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    Ken
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    Yes, it looks very much like a B-20 Base. I have h
    ad several of these and they looked just like yours. There should be a stencil on the inside bottom of the carcass if you pull that drawer all the way out. The kitchen cabinet style handle is original to the Gerstner B-20.


    https://gerstnertoolchest.shutterfly.com/6844



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    Thanks for your help! I can’t find any stencilling. There is the number 17 written on the drawer and the inside if the carcass. 891F4FB0-6E7F-442C-9A1A-AA8E59F9E8B4.jpg
    The drawer says refinished 3-79.
    Were yours without slides from the factory?

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    Gerstner started stencilling in 1940, so it is possible yours is from before that time. The number 17 is just a procuction nember to keep the parts together in the factory.

    None of mine had drawer runners, either.

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    Just another data point: I have a B-26 base. Not sure of the vintage, but it does have runners and side handles, and is stenciled. The lock is also a newer style cam lock. If I had to guess, I'd say mine is from the 1960's.

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    Thanks for all the help!
    Iím going to order the lock today.

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    Just checked the B-20 I have here in Connecticut; it does have runners for the drawer and it has a stencil.

    Details are here:

    https://gerstnertoolchest.shutterfly.com/6857

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    I have the remnants of a B in the strange oval ink blob inside the carcass.
    My drawer isnt finger jointed in the back, it has that rabbet lock joint.
    Is your drawer bottom Masonite? Or similar? Nailed in on the back?

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    I'll check...

    I have the remnants of a B in the strange oval ink blob inside the carcass.

    I have a full stamped imprint.

    My drawer isnt finger jointed in the back, it has that rabbet lock joint.
    Mine has finger joints on the drawer back and sides.

    Is your drawer bottom Masonite? Or similar? Nailed in on the back?

    My drawer bottom is masonite and fully rabbeted in on the front, sides, and back.


    I have posted more pictures for your specific concerns on my web site:

    https://gerstnertoolchest.shutterfly.com/6993

    Cut and paste the link into your browser.


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    Thanks for your help!

    Those pics answered a lot of questions! check this out:
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    it is certainly a weird one, but it's hard to say what a factory might change over time....
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    There are weird marks like fixturing brads on the back of the drawer.
    Thanks for your help!



    Quote Originally Posted by user459 View Post
    I have the remnants of a B in the strange oval ink blob inside the carcass.

    I have a full stamped imprint.

    My drawer isnt finger jointed in the back, it has that rabbet lock joint.
    Mine has finger joints on the drawer back and sides.

    Is your drawer bottom Masonite? Or similar? Nailed in on the back?

    My drawer bottom is masonite and fully rabbeted in on the front, sides, and back.


    I have posted more pictures for your specific concerns on my web site:

    https://gerstnertoolchest.shutterfly.com/6993

    Cut and paste the link into your browser.


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    Very interesting.... I wonder if Scott would have more insight into the evolution of the B-20.

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