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Tool Chest Refurb #8: Making New Look Old...

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Blog entry by Smitty_Cabinetshop posted 09-09-2012 05:38 AM 4174 reads 0 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 7: Chest needs a lid, and now it has one... Part 8 of Tool Chest Refurb series Part 9: It's What's Inside that Counts, Right? »

Again, fewer words and more pictures this go-round. Let’s get started!

Begin with an old chest (steady, Al), middling skirt and raw top.

Beat it up a bit.

Potato-stain the fresh cut edges.

Chamfer the bottom skirt.

Rub the entire chest with dirt.

Apply watered-down paint that the computer color match systemsays is the predominant color of the dirty old chest.

Then rub down with WD-40 soaked rag and you’ve got it. Maybe some danish oil later, to seal it all up. But for now, this is it.

As always, thanks for looking!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive



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Mosquito

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#1 posted 09-09-2012 05:41 AM

Looks great! Well, sort of lol

How well do you think the potato trick worked? Don’t happen to have any “before and afters” do you? Just curious.

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist - www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods

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#2 posted 09-09-2012 05:43 AM

I think the key is fresh-cut. It worked enought that I wouldn’t hesitate to do it again, if I had new cuts needing an age / patina over 48 hours. Zero cost, no risk…

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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#3 posted 09-09-2012 05:43 AM

:-) thanks, sort of. ;-)

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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#4 posted 09-09-2012 05:45 AM

Bravo. Amazing restore. The paint, dirt, wd40, and tater job turned out really nice. Maybe the first time all those words have been used in the same sentence in history! Innovative and effective.

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#5 posted 09-09-2012 05:48 AM

Thanks, Shane. And bravo for including potato, dirt, paint and WD-40 with Restore in your comment. LoL

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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Jamie Speirs

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#6 posted 09-09-2012 08:33 AM

Smitty you have achieved the look

I think as far as the exterior goes

time will do the trick.

I also think you have thought it out

well and kept an element of the old

box in there. What your great grand kids

will make of it? I hope you will tell them

lots of stories about it, when that time comes. LoL

Jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Brit

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#7 posted 09-09-2012 12:21 PM

Smitty found an old toolchest,
Better days it sure had seen,
So he lovingly repaired said chest,
Only then it was too clean.

I must give it back it’s ancient looks,
Thought Smitty as he pondered,
Then he rubbed it down with spud and mud,
And thumped it with his hammer.

Such skill, such care, such patience
Is rarely seen these days.
It’s sure to be an heirloom now
And we LJs sing your praise.

GREAT JOB SMITTY!!!!!

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#8 posted 09-09-2012 12:56 PM

Thanks very much, Andy! Very cool wordplay, my friend. And I’m going with Jamie / others, and will not do more on the exterior, but will let time take over. So, to the inside drawers I go!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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Don W

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#9 posted 09-09-2012 01:01 PM

It amazing. Its so good it brought out the poet in Andy.

Great job. I can’t wait to see what tools get the honor of being stored in there.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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#10 posted 09-09-2012 01:40 PM

It looks outstanding Smitty. You did a brilliant job blending the new with the original.

-- ~Tony

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#11 posted 09-09-2012 06:16 PM

Smitty I had to make the cha-cha- sliding dance in joy of a very well done job :-)
no one can tell from the look of it that it have been restored with new lid and skirts
are you sure you don´t make faint replica´s in your sparetime …. :-)))))

take care
Dennis

ps. thanks for the potato tip :-)

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racerglen

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#12 posted 09-09-2012 09:38 PM

Smitty ! Great disguise, kinda like Al’s mini chest but without hair ?
But seriously, that’s a great blend to match the old and new.

-- Glen, Vernon B.C. Canada

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gfadvm

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#13 posted 09-10-2012 01:27 AM

Great job of ageing the new parts. The whole chest looks the same age and usage. The potato stain was a new one on me.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#14 posted 09-10-2012 03:23 AM

Ha ha ha . Nice poem Andy.

Smitty the most amazing thing about this post is that you actually found a useful purpose for Crab Grass, a weed, that’s reeking amazing!

The finish job is amazing, great work.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#15 posted 09-10-2012 05:12 AM

All – Busy day not in the shop, missed.all the great feedback! It certainly adds to the fun, having LJs who understand put their .02 out there! Not many ‘get it’ when I do these kinds of things!

Thanks for coming along on this ride.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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