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  1. #46
    Funny, but every time I say I'm going to hold off and not purchase another Gerstner for a pops up in the middle of nowhere and they can come from so many different places. The ones that bring me a lot of satisfaction are the Gerstner chests I find a few miles all around me. Michigan really does have a ton of these within its borders and since I'm retired I have the time and luck to find them...but Terry is correct in saying "you just never know when you are going to run into a Gerstner." As time goes by one of the biggest pleasures I have is giving some of them away to family or friends....the rest pay.

  2. #47
    Senior Member Lanso's Avatar
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    Long Beach, CA
    My first Gerstner was a gift from John Hartman in 1971 while working at Hartman Engineering, he also purchased a set of Brown & Sharpe "slant line" micrometers and let me borrow his mike drawer to copy his felt layout.
    That chest has been in daily use since
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  3. #48
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    Craig, Montana
    Just got mine and older 042. I bought mine from Terry (user 459) Rushbrook.

    Great chest, very happy with it. I don't think it will be my last one.

    Thanks Terry!

  4. #49
    Quote Originally Posted by FN in MT View Post
    Just got mine and older 042. I bought mine from Terry (user 459) Rushbrook.

    Great chest, very happy with it. I don't think it will be my last one.

    Thanks Terry!

    Time to load it up with that knife collection! Nice.

  5. #50
    I just stumbled across the site today. Thanks for all the great info and ideas. My Gerstner came from my dad who passed away in 1986. I took it when we were cleaning out his work shop. I am guessing he bought it in the late 40s. I'll have to check for marking to check the age. He came to this country in 1922 at the age of 15, and couldn't speak a word of English. He started digging ditches the old fashioned way, with a shovel, and worked himself up to the position of maintenance director for a 2,000 square foot factory. The tool chest has some great sentimental value. It has been sitting on a shelf waiting to be restored. This site has inspired me to get busy. Since I have no sons I will probably pass it on to my nephew, my dad's only grandson.

  6. #51
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    Dec 2019
    My #62 Chest, a Trade School Graduation gift from my father. 1977.
    My nephew found the matching Red felt base about 15 years ago.

  7. #52
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    Sep 2013
    Melbourne, FL, and Broad Brook, CT
    Very nice!
    Terry Rushbrook, Melbourne, FL and Broad Brook, CT.

  8. #53

    My o52 and

    Got my 052 off of eBay, gave it a good cleaning and refelting. Its a key part of my office now.

    I purchased the B2701 Hickory base in January as a discontinued model for a great discount. Originally I had a hard time dealing with the color mismatch, but in a couple of days got use to it.

    Love its looks, utility, all the added space (I keep all my Car keys stored in it) and how it helps transition from my desk top to the now elevated tool box. Also love the rush of air that gets pushed out every time I close the drawer.

  9. #54

    Craigslist Find

    I bought mine somewhat accidentally when I found an ad on Craigslist for a toolbox full of machinist tools. I went, offered about half price and left with a beat up old 41B not knowing at all what it was other than a cool old toolbox. After finally emptying out the box of the last few items this Summer I decided I wanted to clean it up so I'm now in the process of a full restoration. When I got it it was missing the front lid, the front rail and a drawer which I am building now to piece this old 1919 box back together with. It turns out the box was owned by two different machinists, one of whom worked at the Washington Navy Yard when they still made stuff there.

    So really this was a happy accident for me...and now I have spent enough on parts and repair materials that I could have bought a decent one on eBay, but I'm happy to have this project and clean up this great old box. One day I'll post to the thread with what I'm doing with it, but until then it will live in the restoration section.
    Last edited by UsedSpacecraftParts; 07-24-2020 at 08:06 PM.


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