I don’t remember being smitten with these house-shaped toolboxes at first sight, but over the years they’ve proven to be one of those things that got more detailed attention with every interwebz run-in (ebay and the OldTools list, mostly). An early pic of one I noticed:
Then one appeared on der Leachmeister’s List and I jumped in (top image below); a No. 888 was soon in my shop.
As is typical, my example was missing the inside (sliding) tool holder. That was an easy enough thing to make, but I lacked a clear idea as to general dimensions. A search of the OldTools Archive told me there were several iterations of the No. 888, but specifics were lacking. To the LJ Tool Boxes thread I went, and in short order catalog pictures were put up of not only the No. 888, but catalog pics of all four tool configurations of the 888 (A, B, C and D) as well as pics of Stanley’s other House Tool Box, the No. 801. The bug was fed.
After making a sliding holder for the No. 888,
I was dead set on a No. 801 reproduction / copy build. That’s all for now, thanks for looking.
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