Model 052. Ten felt lined drawers, one drawer perfectly sized for Machinerys Handbook and a mirror in top panel. Gerstners are the “holy grail” of tool chests with both professional and amateur machinists and people who simply appreciate antique oak “eye candy” and constantly rise in value like coastal real estate.
Have that same box, but older, and full of old tools. I mean Machinist tools from the 30's and 40's. some even older. You'll have to get an old edition of the Machinist Bible to fit in that drawer though. It has some wear and tear but in good shape. Any ODSS folks want to buy it? I'll get some pictures if there is some interest. No, it will not be a west coast price!
Of all the things I've lost in my life, I miss my mind the most!
It's a bizarre story but after looking for one of these for about 10 years one day in the mid 1980s I found one at a garage sale. Later that same day my father in law, who knew I was looking for one, called to tell me he'd just found one and bought it for me.
When it rains it pours, huh?
The one he found me has been sitting empty in the house as "eye candy" for about 35 years but I'm at an age when it's time to start letting stuff go. It does go well with our antique oak furniture.
I'd love to see photos of your old machinist tools Don. I have some also, like old school outside and inside micrometers. All that stuff is digital now so a kindergarten kid can "read" a mic. My lathe and mill are old school too with no digital read outs or other razzle dazzle on them.
According to this https://www.gerstnerforum.com/archive/index.php/t-899.html my tool chest was probably made in the 1950s. So it's approximately 65 years old. For at least the first 30 years of its life it was a working tool chest and has signs of wear and tear. Thirty years is a lot of drawers opening and closing, tools being put in and taken out, stuff being set on the top when the lid is closed, etc.
Its dimensions are 26" x 9 1/2" x 16".
I think the best way for me to help you evaluate it is to send photos of its imperfections. What do you think of that approach?
It is listed locally on Craigslist and a neighborhood forum called "Next Door".
Re: Antique Gerstner oak machinist’s tool chest.
#1306264Sun Apr 07 2019 04:17 AM
Whether you end up with this or any other oak tool chest I'd like to pass along some information on restoring the original finish on oak to a like new appearance. Don't laugh like I did. I tried this on our antique oak sideboard and it really does work. Mayonnaise, that's right mayonnaise, rubbed onto the finish the wiped off really does wonders. I don't blame you or anyone else for doubting that but if you try it you'll be amazed.
The sideboard had water damage on the finish from our big furry dogs standing nest to it and shaking off after being outside in the rain.
It has to be real mayonnaise, not some diet version according to what I was told.