We took advantage of a beautiful day to take a family outing and hit up a couple estate sales in our area.
I found this vintage Craftsman 10-drawer tool chest in an out building. Emptied the tools and household repair parts out. Found the key in the top section. And loaded this beaut into the trunk of my car.
Even empty this thing is heavy.
Decided to start cleaning. The original owner used Naugahyde for drawer liners and most were still in the drawers. The worst part about the cleanup was melted rubber bands. Yuuuukkkk!
I am not going to worry with working all the dinks and dents out. There are not really many dents, just paint scratches and scuffs. For the most part everything is in great shape. I am not sure I will repainted it. But the more I clean on it the more I think I might.
Some of you who have restored more of these than I have, please leave a comment with any suggestions you might have. Where can I find information about original paint colors, if I do decide to paint it its original shades? Any spray paint manufacturers have the vintage tool colors (color numbers, etc)? Thanks in advance for your advice.
Does anyone have an idea how old this thing is? I have not been able to find any references on the Internet.
By the way… This thing is built far better than the brand new chest I bout from Sears last November. Even without the roller bearing slides the drawers open smoothly. Thanks for looking.
-- The more I work with wood the more I recognize only God can make something as beautiful as a tree. I hope my humble attempts at this craft do justice by His masterpiece. -- Tim