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Old 06-14-2022, 06:49 PM   #1
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An old neighbor of my grandfather in FL passed and his wife contacted my mom. Seems this was my grandfather’s tool chest. At least existed as my great grandfather’s tool chest and possibly older. Well over 100 years old. Hand made. Has 3 custom drawers that are half the width of the box that slide back and forth so every part of the box is accessible without having to remove trays but they can be. A carpenters tool box. Hand made hardware. Filled with old handsaws and hand drills. Smells amazing, like one of my century olds first edition books. Love that smell.

Any recommendations on antique furniture restoration shops? Preferably between Huntsville and Spring. Thanks. Really want to keep the integrity of the antique so not wanting to repair myself.


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Old 06-14-2022, 06:50 PM   #2
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Roughly 36x20x18 inches.


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Old 06-14-2022, 06:52 PM   #3
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Very cool. No way I’d let anyone touch it.
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Old 06-14-2022, 06:54 PM   #4
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That looks well built and nicely done. Clean it up and leave it be.
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Old 06-14-2022, 06:57 PM   #5
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Very cool. No way I’d let anyone touch it.

A top trim piece is cracked cleanly at the hinges unfortunately. It will be a display item once it’s restored. Will probably hang many of the items on the wall around it. Maybe I should haul it to an episode of Antiques Roadshow haha.


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Old 06-14-2022, 06:57 PM   #6
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Just leave it the way it is.

But might use tungsten or linseed oil to put moisture back in wood.


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Old 06-14-2022, 06:58 PM   #7
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Not looking to do much other than repair it to working order. Will probably oil it down to protect the wood. Not looking to alter cosmetics much. Just want it fixed.


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Old 06-14-2022, 07:00 PM   #8
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A top trim piece is cracked cleanly at the hinges unfortunately. It will be a display item once it’s restored. Will probably hang many of the items on the wall around it. Maybe I should haul it to an episode of Antiques Roadshow haha.


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If it’s on display, does that matter? Be careful either way.

Very cool piece of history!
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Old 06-14-2022, 07:04 PM   #9
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No help on resto,but that is just plain cool
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Old 06-14-2022, 07:06 PM   #10
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Nice.
I think it looks good as is, but making that wood glow, while "keeping the integrity ", would be pretty cool I think.
On value, usually the worse it looks it the more they want
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Old 06-14-2022, 07:13 PM   #11
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That is an awesome piece of history!
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Old 06-14-2022, 07:17 PM   #12
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The metal is copper. You can see the blue oxidation residue on it. That must have been one heck of a good looking kit back in the day stained and polished. The trays are engineered to such minute tolerances that they glide back and forth but will not rock a mm.


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Old 06-14-2022, 07:33 PM   #13
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Show us a pic of the drawers. Very cool
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Old 06-14-2022, 07:43 PM   #14
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Old 06-14-2022, 07:52 PM   #17
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My grand paw was a machinist in 1890. Got most of his tools and chest...
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Old 06-14-2022, 07:56 PM   #18
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What a treasure you have! Especially since it’s been in your family for generations.

As for furniture restoration specialists, you might call the curators of some of the collecting history museums in your part of the state. Actually, I once worked on an exhibit with the folks at the Winedale Historical Center which, as their website states, is a collection of “10 nineteenth-century wooden structures, period furnishings, material culture, and an outstanding collection of Texas hand-crafted decorative arts. It was assembled by Houston philanthropist Miss Ima Hogg and then gifted to The University of Texas at Austin in 1967.”

With one of the largest collections of early 19th century Texas furnishings, surely the have a number of restoration specialists on speed dial.

Good luck! I would think this would be an exciting project and I love your idea to display the toolbox and its contents!
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Old 06-14-2022, 07:58 PM   #19
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Very nice.
A few years ago (30-40) I could of recommended several folks who worked on old furniture. Unfortunately they are all gone now. My parents had a lot of antiques. A few of which I inherited.
I will be the odd one and hope you can find someone to give it a little restoration.
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Old 06-14-2022, 08:05 PM   #20
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What a treasure you have! Especially since it’s been in your family for generations.

As for furniture restoration specialists, you might call the curators of some of the collecting history museums in your part of the state. Actually, I once worked on an exhibit with the folks at the Winedale Historical Center which, as their website states, is a collection of “10 nineteenth-century wooden structures, period furnishings, material culture, and an outstanding collection of Texas hand-crafted decorative arts. It was assembled by Houston philanthropist Miss Ima Hogg and then gifted to The University of Texas at Austin in 1967.”

With one of the largest collections of early 19th century Texas furnishings, surely the have a number of restoration specialists on speed dial.

Good luck! I would think this would be an exciting project and I love your idea to display the toolbox and its contents!

Great idea.


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Old 06-14-2022, 08:06 PM   #21
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This is the very bottom. Filled with more antique tools.


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Old 06-14-2022, 08:08 PM   #22
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So just made a cool discovery. Since the lid hinges are broken off I never looked at the underside of the lid. Score. Theres a metal pin latch that frees them. The inside is in amazing shape. Really wanting to restore the exterior now but not anything drastic. Light restoration that keeps the integrity of the item intact.


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Old 06-14-2022, 08:13 PM   #24
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That is amazing!!
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Old 06-14-2022, 08:40 PM   #25
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I'd put a piece of glass on top of it and use it as a coffee table.
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Old 06-14-2022, 08:57 PM   #26
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I'd put a piece of glass on top of it and use it as a coffee table.
This is a really great idea

OP, thanks for sharing!
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Old 06-14-2022, 09:05 PM   #27
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I'm in the group of leave it alone. Beautiful piece

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Old 06-14-2022, 09:13 PM   #28
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Clean it, oil it, fix what needs with the tools inside, and enjoy.


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Old 06-14-2022, 09:45 PM   #29
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this might be worth a try on the finish try a little on a spot that doesn’t show
I have my grandpa old tool chest that looks a whole lot like that one i’m also in spring i wonder if one of the old family’s from here might have had a guy that built them here ?
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Old 06-14-2022, 09:45 PM   #30
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I have seen them discovered online completely loaded with the tools that came with it. They were like puzzles. Every tool has a spot.
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Old 06-14-2022, 09:50 PM   #31
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That’s beautiful!
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Old 06-14-2022, 09:51 PM   #32
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Awesome.
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Old 06-14-2022, 09:55 PM   #33
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Very cool!
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Old 06-15-2022, 08:35 AM   #34
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Fixing it myself using these tools would be pretty epic but a finish carpenter I am not. Framing out a deer blind is my skill level. Ill clean it up and oil it best I can and then see about repair work.


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Old 06-15-2022, 09:34 AM   #35
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Wouldn’t let anyone touch. Clean it up, or tighten it up, and roll with it.
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Old 06-15-2022, 09:39 AM   #36
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Very cool, and my kind of stuff. I am in the camp of clean it up with mild soap and water. Scotch brite pad will also be helpful, but don't scrub too hard. Once that is done and it is dry, go over it with Johnsons paste wax rather than oil. imo.
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Old 06-15-2022, 09:50 AM   #37
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That's greatness - No recommendations, but that looks amazing.
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Old 06-15-2022, 10:01 AM   #38
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Wow
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Old 06-15-2022, 01:15 PM   #39
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No advice as to restoration, but that is a cool azz box.
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Old 06-15-2022, 08:58 PM   #40
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Ill post up pics once I clean it up


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Old 06-15-2022, 09:38 PM   #41
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That’s cool!
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Old 06-15-2022, 09:46 PM   #42
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Check for a false bottom. In the bottom of chest and on the bottom of each drawer. Check for items taped under the drawers or bottom of chest.


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