Modernized Yankee Radio Tool set

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Forum topic by jamesicus posted 05-15-2013 06:35 AM 1484 views 1 time favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-15-2013 06:35 AM

Some of you may remember how I set about to assemble a North Bros. Yankee No. 106 boxed Tool Set, as depicted in the following 1925 advertisement, after buying an empty No. 106 Tool Set box in an online auction:

Well, I now own three sets!

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After accumulating all of the necessary tools and accessories I ended up with an extra wooden box, a No. 230 ratchet Tool Holder and three No. 1431 radio hand drills.

The box was somewhat the worse for wear, as was the No. 230 Tool Holder, but I thought it would be neat to make up a modernized version of the No. 106 set and have a handsome boxed screw installation kit for household “fixit” projects. The spring loaded box lid accessory retaining block accommodates the combination drill/countersink bits, Lee Valley Tools 9/32” Hex Adapter and utility screwdriver perfectly and the hex screwdriver bit strip is a snug fit in the lid.

Stripped Yankee No. 106 Tool Set boxes turn up in online auctions/sales venues —Craig’s list, e-bay, Etsy … etc. —fom time to time for $20 or so as do No. 1431 Yankee hand drills. Inasmuch as this modernized Tool set box is not altered or modified in any way, you could eventually assemble the accessory tools required to produce a very rare and desirable Yankee No. 106 Radio Tool set. In the meantime you have a neat modern boxed screw installation kit that will do double duty.


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#1 posted 05-15-2013 11:13 AM

Very nice James !

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#3 posted 09-24-2016 11:15 AM

Nice. I’ve seen a few collectors piecing the old tool box sets back together.

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