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爱色导航H. Gerstner & Sons wooden tool chests have been the dream of machinists and woodworkers since 1906. Now value-priced Gerstner International tool boxes have been added to the selection.This blog will connect you to information and sources for all things Gerstner.

So how does this Blog thing work?

爱色导航This blog (short for Web Log) features links to wooden Gerstner and Sons Tool Chests and items that are related to Gerstner chests which are for sale on the web.

We'll be adding a BUNCH of FREE scans of historic Gerstner articles and ads, and if you happen to have something we should add we'd love to hear from you.Most of these can be seen Biggie-Sized by clicking on them.

Speaking of clicking, if you'd like to enter a comment about one of the posts, please feel free.To do so just click on the bold title line (For example, this post is titled "So, how does this blog work?"If you click on the title it will open that post in it's own page.There you can enter a comment, and after I moderate it, you'll see it there for all the world to see and comment back!

Please do me a favor.If you have a blog of your own or are a member of an Internet newsgroup and decide to flatter me by quoting from the text of my entries, please honor me by posting a link to this blog. Thanks and good hunting! Scott

A Dayton boy returns home and falls in love with a chest

I was born in 1963 in the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB) hospital.Wright-Patt, as the locals call it, is located on the edge of Dayton, Ohio and Fairborn, Ohio, and most of us born there consider ourselves Daytonians.That's actually a bit odd, seeing how Fairborn has such a cool name and history.More on that later.

Back to 1963.Within a few weeks of my birth my Dad got his new orders, so we were off to California.From there we live in LasVegas, Laredo Texas, Camp Springs Maryland (Washington DC) Montgomery Alabama, and then finally in 1975 Dad was stationed back at Wright-Patt.Dad had come quite a long way in those few short years, and after a stint as the head of the Air Force's simulator program, Dad became second in command of the F-16 program.

So here I am, a young man back in my home town for the first time in my conscious life, and all I want to do is take everything in.The history of Dayton is amazing!The Wright Brothers, Charles Kettering and his electric automobile starter, NCR, Mead, Delco, and more. According to the U.S. Patent Office, Dayton hadmore granted patents per capita than any other U.S. city in 1890 andranked fifth in the nation as early as 1870.

My dad's dad, and several generations before them were cabinetmakers and woodworkers, so it was natural for me to be drawn to Dayton's woodworking tool industry.In fact, I worked for 10 years for Dayton-based Shopsmith Inc. and even have another Too-Hunter blog dedicated to them.

It was on a trip to the WPAFB hobby shop that I first came eye to eye with something I had never seen before.It was the most gorgeous chest I had even seen!Keep in mind that I was around 12 years old at the time, so I was very impressionable when it cam to chests.This one stood taller than me and was worn and dirty from what had to be thousands of hands that over the years had caressed her drawers.But she was still beautiful.Someone must have occasionally applied an oil or way to her exterior, because despite the layer of grime, she had a patina that reminded me of old railroad regulator clocks. (I also had and have a thing for old clocks)

As I investigated every nook and cranny, the man in the tool room noticed my interest and took a few minutes to educate me. "That's an H. Gerstner & Son's tool chest.Best on the planet and they're made right here in Dayton."That was it for me.I had to have one!

They're still being made in Dayton, but in order to keep up with demand, and to ward-off imported clone tool chests, Gerstner imports a line from the Far East under the name plate "Gerstner International".

This blog will link you to used and new original Gerstner Tool Chests which are for sale on eBay and elsewhere on the web.In addition we'll direst you to some of the finer imports from the Gerstner International line, as well as some of the imports that are passable for a DIY'er, just as long as you know what you're getting.

Show your love of your tool chest!

OK, I'll admit it.I love Gerstner tool chests.Some call them a "tool box", but I don't think that does them justice. H. Gerstner and Sons have been building wooden machinists tool chestslike the one illustrated here since 1906!

The shirt shown is available on Zazzle, and while it's not being sold by H. Gerstner and Sons, it still shows the folks around you your appreciation for fine woodworking, craftsmanship and when combined with some animated audio (supplied by the wearer) it can even promote the fine products from Gerstner!

CLICK the pic to see shirts like this one which are for sale on Zazzle.

A GREAT interview with the grandson of the founder of Gerstner

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Genuine Made in the USA Gerstner Tool Chests for sale on eBay

There will be many posts to come about the differences between the original American made H. Gerstner & Sons tool chests, Gerstner International tool chests and others on the market.For now it's important that I provide you one of my favorite links for finding only genuine USA Gerstner tool chests.

Click here to see American Made Gerstner Tool Chests for sale on eBay.

WARNING!If the tool chest has a SILVER name plate, it's NOT a USA-Made Gerstner tool chest!It may not be a bad value and MAY be from the Gerstner International line.Read more about it on other posts.That said, be leery of sellers who leave that little tidbit out of their listings.

Little Known Gerstner Fact

With $100 in 1906, Harry Gerstner founded his tool chest company, H.Gerstner & Sons Inc., in Dayton. Family members continue making thequality wooden tool chests a century later.

Gerstner Legacy Tool Chests SOLD OUT!


 SOLD OUT!

Well, it looks like we waited too long!  At least I did.  Gerstner made just over 250 of the Legacy tool chest, and after inspecting them they selected the best 250 and destroyed all the others.   If you didn't buy one new your only hope is that a used one comes up for sale on eBay.  (See link below)

She features fifteen drawers of various useful sizes surround the lockable center door that secures a compartment designed to hold business cards, valuable papers or special treasures. 1856 cu. in of storage. Drawer sides are built of the same cherry, oak or walnut hardwood as the chest exterior, and the side handles are decorative brass. The stunning black felt interior sets off any collectible or jeweled piece, and a matching 2" display stand is included with each chest. 22" W x 19" H x 11.5" D.

Each Legacy Chest features the traditional Gerstner top lid mirror with reverse laser etching of original script logo company name. A black plaque listing the year 2006 and the chest's exclusive limited edition serial number surround the brass framed mirror. 

Some of the benifits of ownership of a Legacy chest are:
  • Includes a Legacy Certificateauthenticating ownership andyear of acquisition
         Features embossed Company Seal and official archived companysignatures
         Transferable to heirs or third party
     
  • Listing on Legacy Chest Owners Registryin the lobby of H.Gerstner & Sons, Inc.
         Record of names kept for posterity
         Qualifies owner’s family and direct heirs to future VIP tours offactory
     
  • Truly a One-of-a-Kind collectible
         Unlike artist’s limited edition reprints – each Gerstner LegacyChest is anoriginal
         As of December 31, 2006 the construction of the LE-616 Legacy Chest wasdiscontinued.
Please be aware that this will likely be a LONG wait. 

Gerstner 100 Year Anniversary Reproduction Chest

CLICK THE PIC TO PURCHASE THE GERSTNER 100 YEAR ANNIVERSARY REPRODUCTION CHEST IN QUARTERED OAK FROM WOODCRAFT...
WHILE THEY LAST!

This unique chest is a faithful reproduction of the first machinist chest that H. Gerstner & Sons offered.This chest was introduced in 2006 ans is available for a limited time.

It features:

* Raised panel front lid
* Leather top handle
* Mortised lock and brass hardware
* Front lid folds up and locks to cover drawers
* Capacity: 554 cu. in.
* 16" W x 11-1/2" H x 8-1/2" D
* Made in the USA

Gerstner Journeyman Tool Chest

CLICK THE PIC TO PURCHASE THE GERSTNER JOURNEYMAN TOOL CHEST FROM WOODCRAFT

This Gerstner® Tool Chest, recognized as being the standard of the industry, is sized for craftsmen owning an average number of precision tools. This chest is also great for stamping and stencil supplies. Its versatile size makes it limitless for storage possibilities. Every Journeyman Tool Chest is built in keeping with Gerstner's legendary tongue and groove construction.

* Entire case is lockable
* Front lid folds up over drawers and locks for security
* Top lid locks the top section of the chest
* Golden Oak wood, green felt interior and polished nickel hardware
* 26" W x 15-3/4" H x 9-1/2" D
* Made in the USA

The mate to the Gerstner USA Journeyman Chest, this multi-purpose Gerstner Base also fits directly under any 26" wide Gerstner Tool Chest and provides plenty of extra lockable storage. It offers the same quality tongue and groove construction and felt lined drawers as the Chests.

* Drawers feature Gerstner's exclusive Stop-Trac System that prevents drawer spillage
* Extra deep bottom drawer is reinforced for the storage of larger and heavier items
* Golden Oak with polished brass hardware and green felt interior
* 27-1/4" W x 11" H x 13-1/2" D
* Interior Capacity: 1858 cu. in
* Not recommended for chests under 26" wide
* Made in the USA

Gerstner Ultimate Tool Chest for sale

CLICK THE PIC TO PURCHASE THE GERSTNER ULTIMATE CHEST AT WOODCRAFT

The perfect choice for storage of all your treasured items. The Ultimate Tool Chest is the largest tabletop chest currently offered by Gerstner. All drawers are felt-lined to cushion your possessions. It's the top choice of storage chests for the discriminating connoisseur. Every Ultimate Tool Chest is built in keeping with Gerstner's legendary tongue and groove construction.

* Entire case is lockable
* Front lid folds up over drawers and locks for security
* Top lid locks the top section of the chest
* American Cherry with polished brass hardware and brown felt interior
* 26" W x 19" H x 12-1/2" D
* Made in the USA

The mate to the Gerstner Ultimate Tool Chest, the multi-purpose Gerstner Base also fits directly under any 26" wide Gerstner Tool Chest and provides plenty of extra lockable storage. It offers the same quality tongue and groove construction and felt lined drawers as the chests.

* All drawers feature Gerstner's exclusive Stop-Trac System that prevents drawer spillage
* Extra deep bottom drawer is reinforced for the storage of larger and heavier items
* Polished brass hardware
* American Cherry has brown felt interior; Golden Oak has green felt interior
* 27-1/4" W x 11" H x 13-1/2" D
* Interior Capacity: 1858 cu. in
* Not recommended for chests under 26" wide
* Made in the USA

Gerstner International 10 Drawer Tool Chest

CLICK THE PIC TO PURCHASE THE GERSTNER-INTERNATIONAL 10 DRAWER TOOL CHEST FROM WOODCRAFT

Constructed of red oak with tongue and groove joinery to insure strength and durabilityStore your precision hand tools or hobby items in this moisture free chest. Its 10 drawers provide ample space for storage of a variety of your items.

This classic American style red oak chest is from a division of the more famous H. Gerstner & Sons, Inc. of Dayton, Ohio. This 100-year-old company has created this economically priced chest with multiple compartments for storage of your valuable carving tools, marking and measuring tools, machinist tools, jewelry, craft items, watches, collectible knives, artists brushes and paints and any other small items that require neat and organized storage.

  • Green felt-lined interior provides cushioning
  • Hardwood design provides protection from moisture
  • Fully lockable chest includes 2 keys
  • Front lid stows under the drawers in the open position and covers the drawers in the locked position
  • Polished chrome plated hardware
  • Hand rubbed stain with lacquer finish
  • 24" W x 16-1/4" T x 10"

Gerstner International Tool Chests for sale

As much as I love genuine American Made H. Gerstner & Sons Tool Chests, I have to be realistic and admit that not everyone is in the position to afford or justify the cost.Enter Gerstner International.We'll write more about this shortly, but for now I'll tell ya that when Gerster saw the impending avalanche of cheep knock-off tool chests they decided to fight fire with fire.The sought-out companies in the far east who could produce a quality product, but just as important, produce them consistently.

Allow a Dayton boy to take a side trip.

Ask anyone in Dayton where the best pizza that they every ate came from, and they will tell you without hesitation: Cassano's.Now, ask them where the worst pizza that they ever ate came from, and most of them will say: Cassano's.Now, I understand that in recent years that they've made efforts to remedy this, but my point is what we want is value for our dollar, and we want consistency.

Back to Gerstner International.It's easy to get someone in China or a wood shop in any one of a dozen other third-world countries to make you a cheap tool chest; but can they make a good one?Can they do it again?And again?And again?This is the challenge that H. Gerstner and Sons took on, and they've accomplished it in the "Gerstner International" line.

In addition to designing some great new chests for this new venture, they also have introduced some jewelry boxes and some handsome chests for non-woodworking/machinist activities like shooting and motoring.

Just a quick tip:
All Gerstner International tool chests have silver name plates.If it's silver, make sure that you aren't paying USA-Made Gerstner prices.

Click here for Gerstner International Tool Chests for sale on eBay

Gerstner and Gerstner-International Tool Chests on Amazon too!

I buy a fair amount on books and tools on Amazon, and was surprised to see that they have Gerstner tool chests!  Click here to find Gerstner Tool Chests for sale on Amazon.  That's all.

Wooden Machinist Tool Chest Plans for sale


CLICK THE PIC TO PURCHASE PLANS FOR THIS HANDSOME TOOL CHEST FROM WOODCRAFT

Even though the goal of this blog is to connect folks with genuine Gerstner tool chests, I realize that there are several reasons why a craftsman might want to build their own.One uncomfortable fact that must be addressed is that building a tool box the quality of a genuine Gerstner is time consuming and skill-intensive.And if you think you'll be saving yourself a ton by making one yourself, you obviously haven't priced-out the necessary hardware.

But that said, there's something to be said for the pride in accomplishment that you'll feel when you complete the task.

It is in that spirit that we've included links to several plans that we feel will result in a quality tool chest.
Click any or all of the pics to be magically transported to the product page at Woodcraft.

Here's one more tool chest plan from Rockler.It features a Gerstner-style detachable front panel. 13'' H x 20-1/4'' W x 9-1/4'' D.

Hardware for DIY Gerstner-style Tool Chest

Trunk and Chest CornersTrunk and Chest Corners
Our corners add a decorator's touch to your trunks and chests. Our corners add a decorator's touch to your trunks and chests. 27508 Brass Corners are 1-1/4'' x 1-1/4'' x 1/2''. 4 per pack. Pins included.


Heavy Duty Trunk HandlesHeavy Duty Trunk Handles
Solidly built to handle hefty loads. Choose from Brass plated or Chrome plated finish.5'' wide x 3-11/16'' high. 1/2'' thick backplate. 13/16'' thick spring loaded . Sold individually...


Chest HandleChest Handle
Handle stops at 90 degrees to the backplate...


Classic Oblong CatchesClassic Oblong Catches
Quality catches with the traditional shape used on many trunks and chests. Comes in both large and small sizes.
Large catch- 1-15/16'' Wide x 3-1/2'' H. 2 per pack...



Tool Box LockTool Box Lock
Closing the lid automatically drops a locking pin into the top edge of the drop front door...


90° Stop Hinges90° Stop Hinges
90° stop hinges are brass and nickel plated.Excellent for medium size boxes and cases.
Price per pair...



White Oak - (Quarter Sawn) Domestic Lumber

White Oak - (Quarter Sawn) Domestic Lumber

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