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RESTORE YOUR GERSTNER!
« on: June 17, 2010, 11:48:08 PM »
A link specific for getting all the hardware that is correct to retore a Gerstner, or Gerstner style chest, right here!

http://www.woodenmachinistchest.com/

http://machinistchest.com/site/products.php?category_id=55

BELOW IS A SITE THAT HAS A LOT OF LEATHER HANDLES I AM ADDING THAT HERE.

http://www.brettunsvillage.com/trunks/howto/parts/handles.htm
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Re: RESTORE YOUR GERSTNER!
« Reply #1 on: June 18, 2010, 11:29:38 PM »
I love those boxes.. I have some machinist tools that I never use but wont let go of. Always thinking about buying a lathe some day. I'll have to wait for a two or three car garage.
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Re: RESTORE YOUR GERSTNER!
« Reply #2 on: June 26, 2010, 08:24:14 AM »
Wow!

That`s a nice stack up you got there guy.

The only thing that can be added to it are  brass knob back plates.

Perhaps I can mail you some free samples to try out and see if you like the retro look.

http://machinistchest.com/site/product_details.php?category_id=54&item_id=7   

Gerstner used to have those in nickel on some vintage chests, however they were discontinued....MC

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Re: RESTORE YOUR GERSTNER!
« Reply #3 on: July 18, 2010, 05:16:13 PM »
Here`s a really old Gerstner leatherette. It dates somewhere around the thirtys pre artdeco hinge. I like to call it a Gerstner with a chain. It`s a 16".

I didn`t think to take a before picture however, it was pretty ratted out. The leatherette has been replaced. Drawer fronts were sanded, bleached, steel wooled, natural stained, shellaced and refelted. All nickel trimings were replaced with Machinistchest hardware. It`s a new LOOK!...MC

Her`s some more pic`s on my flickr page I spent all afternoon learning how to set up a page.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/49759867@N04/
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Re: RESTORE YOUR GERSTNER!
« Reply #4 on: July 18, 2010, 07:03:20 PM »
MC, beautiful job on the resto. thumbsup2
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Re: RESTORE YOUR GERSTNER!
« Reply #5 on: July 18, 2010, 07:05:51 PM »
Makes me want to spend a little time on my old Gerstner.........nicely done sir!  1thumbsup
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Re: RESTORE YOUR GERSTNER!
« Reply #6 on: October 07, 2010, 09:15:10 AM »
OCG, unless the old box you spoke of and seen in the pictures is in worse shape than the picture suggests, I would never think of refinishing an older Gerstner that is still in great shape as your looks to be.  shrugx
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Re: RESTORE YOUR GERSTNER!
« Reply #7 on: October 07, 2010, 02:35:51 PM »
This is the Gerstner I restored. It's an early '50s model 41A "Orville Wright"
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Re: RESTORE YOUR GERSTNER!
« Reply #8 on: October 07, 2010, 05:41:01 PM »
And speaking of woodies.










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Re: RESTORE YOUR GERSTNER!
« Reply #9 on: October 08, 2010, 01:01:57 AM »
gorgeous toolpants1 just ditch the cman plate. it just doesn't fit imop.
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Re: RESTORE YOUR GERSTNER!
« Reply #10 on: October 08, 2010, 09:29:32 AM »
gorgeous toolpants1 just ditch the cman plate. it just doesn't fit imop.

Absolutely, why give them the credit!  sctatcherhead Besides, that name badge adds nothing.  thumbsup2
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Re: RESTORE YOUR GERSTNER!
« Reply #11 on: October 14, 2010, 08:21:43 PM »
This one was just cleaned up a bit. .

I guess one can say it was reconditioned as opposed to restored.

1930s Gerstner Mahogany Model 052 – 11 Drawers – 26”x16”x10”

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Re: RESTORE YOUR GERSTNER!
« Reply #12 on: December 19, 2010, 01:08:05 PM »
Here is a Gerstner that I recently restored.

Wanted:  Allen or Unbrako Forged T-handle Hex Keys.

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Replacing a Gerstner handle, setting split rivets
« Reply #13 on: April 30, 2011, 11:34:02 AM »
The most asked question I get is... Is there a special tool for setting split rivets? Well, there probable is. However, if setting just a few rivets, here`s  the easiest way that I`v come up with.

I milled a block  to nest the handle and support the head of the rivets.  A simpler block can be made from a couple of 2 x 4`s with a 3/4" slot  to bridge the cleats and support the rivets.

Next, clamp the handle to the lid as shown.

Start the spread of the prongs with a small screw driver.

And finally curl the prongs back into the wood with a hammer and punch.

Hope this helps...MC
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Re: RESTORE YOUR GERSTNER!
« Reply #14 on: January 01, 2014, 10:20:52 AM »
anyone have any info about the machinist chest site/store Said to be open this month?
I sent a few e mails but never did hear back.
Hope they don't raise the prices, and the service is still good.
You are aware that John passed away at an early age? Early 50's.
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Re: RESTORE YOUR GERSTNER!
« Reply #15 on: January 01, 2014, 02:02:21 PM »
We were not aware of member MachinistChest's passing.  Thank you for bringing this to our attention.  I have started a topic for MachinistChest in our Fallen Wrenches section.

http://www.thegaragegazette.com/index.php?topic=20027.0

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Re: RESTORE YOUR GERSTNER!
« Reply #16 on: January 01, 2014, 07:10:27 PM »
We were not aware of member MachinistChest's passing.  Thank you for bringing this to our attention.  I have started a topic for MachinistChest in our Fallen Wrenches section.

http://www.thegaragegazette.com/index.php?topic=20027.0


Yeah, It was sad ,I never met him, but he helped me out a number of times on line. Seemed like a nice guy.
I also brought some things from his site, and need a few more.
I will check the new post.

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Re: RESTORE YOUR GERSTNER!
« Reply #17 on: May 24, 2014, 09:26:56 PM »
anyone have any info about the machinist chest site/store Said to be open this month?
I sent a few e mails but never did hear back.
Hope they don't raise the prices, and the service is still good.
You are aware that John passed away at an early age? Early 50's.
http://www.machinistchest.com/site/index.php


I think the site is back open again!
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Re: RESTORE YOUR GERSTNER!
« Reply #18 on: July 07, 2014, 02:05:03 PM »
http://www.machinistchest.com/ is up and running, I purchased a handle 2 weeks ago.


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Re: RESTORE YOUR GERSTNER!
« Reply #19 on: July 23, 2014, 01:36:22 PM »
When I finished my apprenticeship my Grandfather gave me one of his Gerstners as a gift.  In turn I gave it to another family member when he finished his.  I'm sure that there are better boxes out there but a Gerstners in a shop means that the owner has "arrived".
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Re: RESTORE YOUR GERSTNER!
« Reply #20 on: June 28, 2015, 05:50:49 PM »
Well, it' not a Gerstner, but that's part of the problem. The repo drawer pulls and what I see on Union boxes on the net have 3 nails. Mine have 2, so I am not sure of the brand. There is nothing in the interior to indicate the maker.
 Any thoughts of what brand this might be ??  I sold off some boxes recently, but hung on to this small guy to play with.  Thanks.

Brian

PS: I am posting in the Wanted section, looking a bottom drawer and a front panel.

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Re: RESTORE YOUR GERSTNER!
« Reply #21 on: June 28, 2015, 07:09:29 PM »
Finding the drawers would be near on to impossible I would think. Beings it is not a Gerstner would make it that much more of a challenge I would think. I think if it was mine I would have a decent cabinet maker replicate the drawers as best he could.

As for the pulls, if I could not match what was on it I would actually pull the originals and replace all of them with ones that were a match to each other for the entire box. Even if I was pulling the original pulls I would to do it that way. I like things to match and design to remain consistent. I would not dispose of the original pulls but I would replace what I needed to so that everything matched.
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Re: RESTORE YOUR GERSTNER!
« Reply #22 on: June 28, 2015, 08:35:13 PM »
Finding the drawers would be near on to impossible I would think. .

Yes, likely will be tough to find.

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Re: RESTORE YOUR GERSTNER!
« Reply #23 on: July 04, 2015, 04:41:45 PM »
That kinda looks like a jewelers chest.

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