Gerstner Style Tool Chest

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Project by Woodfella posted 08-16-2015 03:16 PM 1503 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this tool chest for my oldest son, to mimic an old Gerstner chest that I once saw at an antique store. I think I spent more time figuring the dimensions of all the pieces and how they interact with each other, than I did actually putting the wood to the tools. It’s made out of quarter sawn white oak.

-- Woodfella, Northern Illinois

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#1 posted 08-16-2015 03:24 PM

That’s a very fine looking tool chest,excellent work.

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#2 posted 08-16-2015 03:38 PM

Great Job!!!! I have one that is very similar – wish I had the talent to make it myself, instead I picked it up at the annual Gerstner warehouse sale here in my hometown of Dayton, Ohio. Of course the scratch and dent models like I got are not as pretty as yours. Even at the sale they can be pretty pricy, so I am sure you saved a bundle by building your own – plus you have the satisfaction of knowing that you made something that can be handed down to future generations. Just think, maybe someday yours will fool an expert on the Antiques Roadshow. :)
Thanks for sharing

-- Leafherder

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#3 posted 08-16-2015 03:56 PM

Very Very Nice
Your son will be very proud

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#4 posted 08-16-2015 06:43 PM

You’ve done an excellent job on this tool chest. It’s a real beauty.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#5 posted 08-17-2015 12:36 AM

Very nice. I have always liked those tool chests and hope to someday make one myself. I could only hope it would come out as nice as this. I’m sure your Son will love it forever.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#6 posted 08-17-2015 12:48 AM

Great job!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#7 posted 08-17-2015 03:57 AM

Nice! Did you buy the Gerstner hardware for it?

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#8 posted 08-17-2015 01:47 PM

Beautiful.. and very true to the original!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#9 posted 08-18-2015 12:11 AM

wow – fantastic

-- designer by education, wood working hack by choice

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#10 posted 08-18-2015 02:49 AM

A true work of craftsmanship. Your son should cherish it for the rest of his life.

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