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Forum topic by OleGrump posted 06-28-2020 10:04 PM 421 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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OleGrump

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06-28-2020 10:04 PM

Here’s a little tool chest I found over the weekend, and was too good to pass up on it. Wide, half-inch pine boards, with braces at the corners and for the till (Which is there, so many are missing!) Possibly crate wood. The bottom has NO rot. (as so many do) Wonderful old varnish finish. Great old hardware. In the bottom of the till is written in thick pencil “Shank” (or “Shenk”) Hanover, pa.” Note how closely the lid hinges are set. Only six inches between them. Looking at the hardware, I’m guessing 1920s-30s, but I’m open to any other ideas about approximate date. I plan to first clean the wood, and then decide what, if any minor repairs to do to the lid. After a bit of haggling, and adding in the sales tax, this chest cost me $38.16. I look forward to comments/input on this piece from my fellow Lumberjocks.

-- OleGrump


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#1 posted 06-28-2020 10:09 PM

BTW, in a neighboring booth, there was another tool chest. That one was narrower, missing the till (the supports were still there) and had been painted a sea-sick green sometime in the last 20 years. When I saw the tag marked $110, I closed the lid, FAST, and moved on…… Don’t see that one going anytime soon.
Eventually, I will probably wind up using my chest for storing my “side” collection of tools made by known companies, but marked “Craftsman”. Seems like it would be a good home for them, but we’ll see….
Oh, and I have a pretty spiffy vintage padlock that will go very nicely with this chest. Hot diggety!!!

-- OleGrump

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#2 posted 06-29-2020 02:16 PM

Great find. I’ve never seen hinges mounted that close, but it obviously worked for many years.

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#3 posted 06-29-2020 05:43 PM

Pretty nice! I actually like when people use those as coffee tables. The character beats the crap out if any coffee tables sold at “furniture” stores nowadays.

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#4 posted 06-29-2020 07:37 PM

Yep, Never seen anything with hinges set that closely before…. I briefly thought about “fixing” them, but then the same thought occurred to me, “Hey, They’ve worked OK THIS long!”. So I’ll leave ‘em alone.

My oldest brother has one they use for a coffee table. It IS pretty cool. (Hasn’t been opened in so long, God knows what’s in there……. 8^) Ya know, one COULD use the till tray to hold all the remotes we need nowadays just to watch TV…… Hmmmmm………

-- OleGrump

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#5 posted 06-29-2020 09:46 PM

Yep, Never seen anything with hinges set that closely before…. I briefly thought about “fixing” them, but then the same thought occurred to me, “Hey, They ve worked OK THIS long!”. So I ll leave em alone.

- OleGrump

Absolutely. That chest has a bunch of war wounds, nicks, clunks and whatevers on it. And the top still closes nicely, and looks to sit flat as a pancake. I think they were meant to be exactly where they are, and moving them is going to be some work.

Based on your tape measure mine is a bit larger. Mine was 10 bux, and had sat in an old Barn, or Outbuilding for a LONG time. It was as dry as I’ve ever seen wood, and pretty crusty as Barn things tend to get. I started off power washing it, figured I had nothing much to lose. It came through that a lot lighter, and a ton cleaner, but still dry as all get out. I used Walnut Oil on it, and it came out looking a lot like yours does, except mine is based on Walnut.

Kinda nice to hold tools in history, not having paid a lot for it, and knowing that on the open market it’s almost as good as cash. ;-)

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#6 posted 06-29-2020 11:58 PM


Yep, Never seen anything with hinges set that closely before…. I briefly thought about “fixing” them, but then the same thought occurred to me, “Hey, They ve worked OK THIS long!”. So I ll leave em alone. My oldest brother has one they use for a coffee table. It IS pretty cool. (Hasn t been opened in so long, God knows what s in there……. 8^) Ya know, one COULD use the till tray to hold all the remotes we need nowadays just to watch TV…… Hmmmmm………

- OleGrump

There was a nice old one on my local Craigslist. I think it was about $120. I thought about for my hand tools, but I have been wanting to build my own Anarchists Tool Chest, for the experience and practice. A couple weeks later it was still there for $100, them I thought about buying it as a table. Went back and forth on getting it for a toolbox or table, them it was gone! Another one came up for $100, but not as nice. But seems the going rate here is around $100.

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