Vintage Sears Craftsman box

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Project by Mike001 posted 07-18-2013 12:09 AM 1610 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Old Sears box. Friend’s Dad’s box who was a machinist for National Cash Register in Dayton. Was full of tools from the 60-70s. Guessing at age due to vinyl handle. Saw one on internet, but is rare in good shape. Cleaned it up with Acetone, re-glued a lot of the finger joints and polished the drawer knobs. The rest of the hardware was too far gone to polish so I painted. Refinished oak wood with amber shellac and repaired felt liners. Came out clean and restored, but left the character and history of his Dad’s legacy.

-- "Always with Honor"

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#1 posted 07-18-2013 03:22 AM

That’s a lovely old tool chest. Nice restore.

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#2 posted 07-18-2013 03:59 AM

Don’t ya wish they still made em like that?

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#3 posted 07-18-2013 08:18 AM

Cool nice save!

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#4 posted 07-18-2013 10:52 AM

Don’t see Sears selling wood boxes anymore, but Gerstner here in dayton still hand builds the same qtr sawn white oak tool boxes they made for the Wright Brothers…cost a bit more now.

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#5 posted 07-18-2013 12:05 PM

Beautiful restoration work, looks like new again… great job.

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#6 posted 07-18-2013 01:24 PM

nicely done…

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#7 posted 07-18-2013 04:47 PM

Nice restoration job! I always liked some of the old, pre-70s Craftsman stuff, but wonder now if it was that good or or I was just too young to know the difference or if it has become tainted by the stuff wearing that brand since the late 60s/early 70s.

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

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#8 posted 07-18-2013 07:00 PM

SWEET! That old patina looks great.

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#9 posted 07-18-2013 11:04 PM

Great job! The chest can now be used and enjoyed.

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