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WayneC

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07-20-2013 05:34 PM

Topic tags/keywords: toolbox hand tool saw plane antique storage

I purchased this on vacation a couple of weeks ago and said I would supply measurements and additional photographs. This was purchased in an Antique store in Monterey California. The dealer had purchased two toolboxes from a local family. This one was made by the great grandfather. It was purchased with the intent to be used as my primary hand tool storage.

View of the box open. It has a saw till in the lid and two sliding tills.

Front of the box.

Back of the box

Tills

Key hole

Tool Storage

Nailed Box Joint

Mounting system for tills

Saw Till Latch

Lock Hardware

Hinge

Saw Till

Tool Tills

Stanley 4 1/2 fits nice on it’s side

Measurements.

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redSLED

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#1 posted 07-20-2013 05:41 PM

Nice piece of history. Thanks for posting all the pictures. It’ll be quite a few years before I make a tool chest for myself. And how I’ll fit my Makita cordless drill in there, I haven’t a clue.

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#2 posted 07-20-2013 05:48 PM

My Makita sits on one of the benches. :)

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Eric in central Florida

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#3 posted 07-20-2013 07:23 PM

Nice old box.
Looks like Gramps knew what he was doing.
Take good care of it, and maybe it’ll be around another 100 years.
Love to see those old pieces getting another go around.

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#4 posted 07-20-2013 07:33 PM

I think I am correct in saying this type of design came from the humble blanket chest combined perhaps with military toolchests etc I have a larger one very simlar in design in the bedroom my wife uses for blankets etc anyway grandad had a great idea with this .I really like the design of the slip arc bolt. Best wishes Alistair

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#5 posted 07-20-2013 07:41 PM

That’s a great looking chest Wayne. I really like the saw till in the lid.

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#6 posted 07-20-2013 09:05 PM

Very handsome tool chest, Wayne. Are those pics as-purchased, or did you do some restoration to get it to this condition? The tool chest has some very nice features, like the saw till in the lid, tool storage and removable trays.

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#7 posted 07-20-2013 09:53 PM

I love these old boxes. I especially like he lid on yours.

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#8 posted 07-20-2013 10:05 PM

Nice find, Wayne. A cool piece of woodworking history.

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#9 posted 07-20-2013 10:17 PM

Wayne, Saw till latch is the greatest and I’m going to put a small cove on the ends of my tills for lifting. Thanks for the additional pictures

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#10 posted 07-20-2013 10:23 PM

Enjoy

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#11 posted 07-20-2013 10:30 PM

Great bit of salvage, Keeping it in use for it’s designed purpose.

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#12 posted 07-20-2013 11:13 PM

Great pics and chest Wayne. Is there anything that supports the lid when it is fully opened? It seems like a lot of stress on those hinges.

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#13 posted 07-20-2013 11:34 PM

Great find Wayne. I bet it’s a heavy one!.

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#14 posted 07-21-2013 12:47 AM

That’s awesome and in great shape. The saw till is great, mine has leather straps to hold the saws in and they have been stapled! back in enough times by previous owners to chew up the wood quite a bit. If I can’t make them work I may try something like yours. It’s is in such good shape that I shudder to think how much it cost in Monterrey.

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#15 posted 07-21-2013 01:20 AM

That’s a nice piece of woodworking history. Those are the only half blind box joints I have ever seen. Interesting (even with the nails)

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