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  • mike4
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    The wooden boxes of all ages have a certain character that steel cabinets never have .

    I find that in a work enviroment with different people using the tools and not being as careful as most here seem to be the steel ones are the only way to go .

    Another thing is the heat here tends to make the glue in wooden boxes and cabinets dry out and release .

    Like 37-43 decrees Celcius or higher if the shop is closed and I am working away.

    But I still like the old boxes which everyone have collected , may the memories never be lost .
    Michael

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  • Kenlew
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    I had Kennedy's but swapped all but the roll-around out for wooden. The old wooden ones seem to have so much history in them. When I look at an old greasy, oily wooden chest, I see a guy who probably bought it 50-60 years ago, when he was first starting out, kept it for his whole career, using it every day. It was such a part of his life, that it is almost like an autobiography - if only they could speak....

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  • J Tiers
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    Like the mic holder.....

    Boxes are nice too

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  • John Stevenson
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    One of my customers buys sets of three matching cutters for a framing job, they come in a small wooden box about 5" x 4" x 1.5" with a hinged lid and catch. probably a generic Chinese box.

    They go straight into racks on the 4 head router machines and they used to throw the boxes away but they now save them and I get them for small tooling like engraving cutters ER11 collets etc.

    Probably got about 15? or so and one day I'll bash a simple set of shelves up just to hold these boxes to keep them neat instead of stacking them and knocking them over when I want the bottom box



    Years ago used to have some small plastic boxes that lace knitting needles came in but time makes these brittle and they suffer.
    Nottingham and surrounding areas was the worlds largest lace producing area, literally 1000's of companies and you could get these boxes by the sackful just for asking.
    I probably have less than 30 left now.

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  • madman
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    Nice Box they seem a bit small for a serious collection.

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  • flylo
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    Jim, great boxes! What's in the lower right one?

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  • John Stevenson
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    Originally posted by outback View Post
    Any time I aquire a new tool of value I always build a wooden case for the item. Steel items always stores well in wooden
    cases shielded from the atmosphere


    Jim
    One of the reasons I bought the little laser cutter.
    It will handle 6mm ply with no problems and even engrave on the lids etc. Pretty easy to do a sort of tabbed / dovetail joint on the corners.

    Small son did a plastic box today for some electronic gismo and the fit was that good he can't get the damn thing apart again to glue it.

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  • flylo
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    I bet if you spent $20K for Gertner vs Snap On you'd get an heirloom not something that ends up on C/L & can't get 1/4 of their money back. Just my opinion.

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  • uncle pete
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    For people buying the previously owned Gerstner type boxes, It's quite common that those previous owners have slipped various bit of paperwork and, or even a few bucks of folding money behind the mirrors. It might be worth checking.

    Gerstner have a few YouTube videos about how their boxes are still made today. Due to the amount of handwork and not much up to date modernization in their plant, I'm not all that sure if they can or will remain in business.

    Pete

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  • boslab
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    It is a beautiful box, i have a small box from more and wright in ****ty condition but i love it,, used to belong to an old toolmaker who died, his wife gave it to me,most of his original tools are in it and i use them, there is a little twin punch for chain drilling holes to make a die pocket i use regularly, the old thing will always be his, its something that sits there and i use, but never felt like i 'owned' it, just glad to have it, will probably give it to someone else one day
    mark

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  • outback
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    Any time I aquire a new tool of value I always build a wooden case for the item. Steel items always stores well in wooden
    cases shielded from the atmosphere


    Jim

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  • cameron
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    Originally posted by flylo View Post
    Alway wondered why machinist used wood boxes & why the little diamond shape mirrors?
    I've had very little trouble from rust with tools in wooden boxes, even when kept in an open shed.

    Someone said the mirror is to help you get metal chips out of your eye!

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  • J Tiers
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    Hah..... For you folks who envy the owners of Gerstner boxes....... They are cool, they are "the" brand name... all true....

    But, if you have an older one (mine which I got for free is from the 1920's most likely) there is a big problem which can cause much cursing if you are not careful...... The drawers have no "stop"..... they can pull all the way out, and dump your tools on the floor. So you must be careful when pulling out the drawers trying to get the item that is in the very back of the drawer.

    That problem is common to all the old boxes I know of..... my Sipco has the same issue.

    If you have "only" a Kennedy box, you actually may have a superior box, since the drawer extends all the way, and will not fall out.

    of course, the gerstner is still well-supplied with the "cool factor"......

    Flylo....the mirror is for getting chips out of your eye.... for those boxes that have a mirror..... my Sipco does, the Gerstner does not

    I don't know exactly what model this is, it is old. I didn't feel like paying $50 to join the "G-club".... (and I have fixed the drawer problem now)





    Last edited by J Tiers; 09-01-2012, 10:14 AM.

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  • flylo
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    Alway wondered why machinist used wood boxes & why the little diamond shape mirrors?

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  • outback
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    I bought this Gerstner in 1982 for $250. Still have it. Hidden in the very bottom of the Gerster chest is the orginal recept,some old check stubs and business cards for the next owner of the chest to enjoy.


    The chest below was given to me by a close friend. The chest was stored in a damp basement for years. The wood was black with mold and mildew. I did not restore the chest but cleaned it up, reglued several joints, sanded and refinished the chest so it could be used.

    Jim

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