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Lavishing his time and care on old wooden chests may not earn him millions in the restoration business, but reader txinkman does have a way with them. In his spare time he brings these boxes back to life with grace and style.

We’ve mentioned his work before on Toolmonger, and his latest chest — complete with temp gauge and clock — slaps a grin on our mugs.  We also dig the high-gloss finish and rich color he brings out in the chests, without going overboard. Suddenly our own shop looks a great deal more drab.

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8 Responses to Flickr Pool: Revived Tool Chest

  1. PeterP says:

    The Gear Box is amazing.

  2. Putnameco says:

    That looks sweet. I would love to see some more detailed photos, like what construction techniques where used to assamble the drawers, and if there are dividers installed. Photos make for some nice tool porn. Would make a nice desktop wallpaper, for you computer.

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  4. Old Coot says:

    Beautiful…just beautiful.

  5. Kevin says:

    Very impressive. I love it.

  6. Hank says:

    I have 5 old Gerstner toolboxes that I wish I had the guts and talent to restore, not to mention the mountain of time it would take to do the restoration.

    Thanks for the post, and the show of talent.

  7. Michael W. says:

    Very nice work, it’s always great to see someone restore an old piece of craftsmanship.

  8. Hello Hank– I know this is dated information, but I just saw this today. If your 5 Gerstner tool chests require any new hardware, and if it’s purchased from Gerstner; it will cost you a fortune. I have restored one, and the biggest problem was re-veneering the drawer stretchers; because they are poplar wood and had oak veneer on the edges; which was all chipped. Also removing the felt is seriously expensive and labor intensive, and can damage the wood because of their gluing it with Hide animal glue– have to use boiling water to remove the felt. This is a serious mess.

    FYI_I am in the process of building a higher quality chest than the Gerstner for about 25 % less cost and is 25 % larger than their 92-XL. I have 30 years in woodworking and someone needs to do better than Gerstner.

    If you read their website; you will be schocked as to how they do business; THEY ARE THIEVES.

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