Vintage Sears Craftsman box

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Project by Mike001 posted 380 days ago 1542 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 379 days ago

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

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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#2 posted 379 days ago

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

-- Red -- "There's nothin' in the world so sad as talking to a man, who never knew his life was his for making." Ray LaMontagne

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#3 posted 379 days ago

Cool nice save!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 379 days ago

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 379 days ago

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

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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#6 posted 379 days ago

nicely done…

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

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#7 posted 379 days ago

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 379 days ago

SWEET! That old patina looks great.

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#9 posted 379 days ago

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

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