Tool Restores #3: Toolbox Restore

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Blog entry by TrBlu posted 05-27-2013 12:26 PM 3705 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My tool picking has been rather slow and uneventful for a while. About a month ago, I ran up on this tool box for $3 at a yard sale. Cramer Products, Inc. is a 90+ year-old Sports Medicine equpiment company. I am guessing the toolbox originally belonged to one of their service people.

The toolbox had been sitting in a barn for years, in about two inches of water part of that time.

The first thing, I washed the toolbox with a grease cutting car wash and dried completely.

Drilled the rivets out and removed the hardware. Soaked hardware in vinegar for about an hour to remove loose chrome and some rust. Then put the hardward in an electrolysis bath for about three hours to remove the remaining rust.

After removing all the rust, sprayed the hardware with Silver Aluminum enamel.

Sanded all of the rusted areas of the box smooth. The original exterior had a texture in the paint. To blend the texture, after sanding rusted areas, I sprayed with some “hammered finish” spray paint as a undercoat. Then sprayed the entire box with two-coats Gloss Black enamel.

Riveted all of the hardware using aluminum pop rivets.

Paid $3 for the toolbox and about $3 for supplies. It took me about five hours, Saturday, to complete the restoration.

This toolbox will be the new storage home for my Beall Pen Wizard ornamental lathe.

-- The more I work with wood the more I recognize only God can make something as beautiful as a tree. I hope my humble attempts at this craft do justice by His masterpiece. -- Tim

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#1 posted 05-27-2013 12:52 PM

Wow, Nice job.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#2 posted 05-27-2013 02:50 PM

As a retired teacher and coach, I was around boxes like this for many years. They were used by schools athletic teams to hold medical supplies. The one you have is likely from 60’s or 70’s or even more recent since Cramer is still using the same logo. I happen to have one just like it on my shelves holding scrap chains and tubing. The white residue that was on the face was from athletic tape. The shelves in the lid were sized to hold the rolls of athletic tape. Most often they put a piece on the box and wrote the school name on the white tape. Nice job in restoring the box. The company sold and still sells medical supplies and equipment –

-- socrbent Ohio

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#3 posted 05-27-2013 05:55 PM

Thanks, socrbent.

I googled the name after I got the box home. All I saw on their website was canvas and plastic. That is why I thought maybe technician.

My Pen Wizard is 1/4” too long for the box. (No, I did not measure.) I have a nice toolbox for something anyway.

-- The more I work with wood the more I recognize only God can make something as beautiful as a tree. I hope my humble attempts at this craft do justice by His masterpiece. -- Tim

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#4 posted 05-28-2013 12:39 PM

Beautiful save! Looks like new and ready for the next 60 years of use. Thank for sharing it with us.

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