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show off your toolbox
« on: September 22, 2009, 01:24:26 PM »
it seems to be a very popular thread on other sites so..........

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Re: show off your toolbox
« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2009, 07:11:55 PM »
working travel box more tools under the bottom pallet


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Re: show off your toolbox
« Reply #2 on: September 23, 2009, 06:37:43 PM »
Here's some of mine ---

HF Box has my general mechanics tools (love the HF box!!) :Danceparty:

My vintage late 1970's Craftsman Pro (actually Waterloo) houses all my specialty tools and 3/4" drive sockets sets

The cheap HF box is a platform for my alternator tester and contains my handheld body repair tools, rasps and sanding boards.
















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Re: show off your toolbox
« Reply #3 on: September 23, 2009, 09:19:40 PM »
nice stuff krusty, wich one goes to work and wich one has to stay home? :cartrip:
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Re: show off your toolbox
« Reply #4 on: September 23, 2009, 09:55:19 PM »
the matco is the work box. but you knew that  :Peace:

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Re: show off your toolbox
« Reply #5 on: September 23, 2009, 10:24:29 PM »
good luck with that box Krusty -- hope all works well in the new job!!

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Re: show off your toolbox
« Reply #6 on: September 24, 2009, 09:41:00 PM »
I have the HF box also. I can't say enough good things about this box. $919.00 out the door is one hell of a price for a box of this quality. 10x better than ANY Craftsman box out there. At least the ones in the stores. I've never seen the one's that go for big bucks in the catalog.

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Re: show off your toolbox
« Reply #7 on: September 24, 2009, 09:51:13 PM »
I have the HF box also. I can't say enough good things about this box. $919.00 out the door is one hell of a price for a box of this quality. 10x better than ANY Craftsman box out there. At least the ones in the stores. I've never seen the one's that go for big bucks in the catalog.

I agree, but it's sad to say. Craftman boxes used to be "The" best value in tool storage. That C-man pro box in my pic above was the biggest model that Sears sold back in 1979. It was called "Sears Best" and sold for $650. Quite a lot of money back then, but when you consider that comperable MAC and MATCO boxes were $250 more; that was a deal.

Now HF has the best deal in tool storage -- that box is professional quality.

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Re: show off your toolbox
« Reply #8 on: September 24, 2009, 09:55:03 PM »
B is that a Jensen box in your pic? It looks like the ones we used to order from Jensen for comm work.
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Re: show off your toolbox
« Reply #9 on: September 24, 2009, 11:46:51 PM »
B is that a Jensen box in your pic? It looks like the ones we used to order from Jensen for comm work.


Chicago case special edition they were blowing them out ( $100 shipped for a 350+ case) last year they sent me an e-mail and I set it out to the all the neutral service mechanics they went from 300 in stock to none in stock in less than a day. Chicago found out I was the reason for there great sale and tried to send me a shallow version and another like I bought as thanks I refused the offer as what i got was a deal they never even charged me for the upgraded winged pallet in the first place. I will buy one of there cases again  for domestic use if I happen to end up in Europe some day it will be  pelican or storm case.

If you like that you will love my parts cases Calzone cases i saved for the dumpster from a major publisher only issue they had were small crack on the skins. ( bad for PC shipping)

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Re: show off your toolbox
« Reply #10 on: December 01, 2009, 06:06:21 PM »
Finally got some garage space to put some stuff in.  The blue kobalt box I've had since 1999.  I actually drove a few hundred miles because it was on clearance at a Lowe's.  It's 41" wide, but very shallow (I think only 18")
The yellow cornwell I just bought used.  I think it's 30-something inches wide, but about 21" deep.

$750 for both boxes - what do you guys think?
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Re: show off your toolbox
« Reply #11 on: December 01, 2009, 07:03:16 PM »
That is a very good score for two boxes. The older Kobalt units were very nice and IIRC -- still made in the US.

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Re: show off your toolbox
« Reply #12 on: December 01, 2009, 07:56:45 PM »
I always did really like that style of Cornwell. The Kobalt is a very nice box as well.
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« Reply #13 on: December 02, 2009, 01:17:37 AM »
I like the colors.  If I drove a racecar my sponsor would be Napa!

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Re: show off your toolbox
« Reply #14 on: December 02, 2009, 03:17:42 AM »
My dau wants me to get a green box. It's her favorite color.
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Re: show off your toolbox
« Reply #15 on: December 09, 2009, 05:34:33 AM »
The one on the right was $2 at the flea market.

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Re: show off your toolbox
« Reply #16 on: December 09, 2009, 08:29:31 PM »
 My new C-man tool chest.

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Re: show off your toolbox
« Reply #17 on: December 09, 2009, 08:38:05 PM »
But TR I thought you were required to have one of these.

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Re: show off your toolbox
« Reply #18 on: December 09, 2009, 11:05:05 PM »
"Those" require a lot of $$$$...............I just needed a place to put my tools. :lol3:

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Re: show off your toolbox
« Reply #19 on: December 09, 2009, 11:09:23 PM »
Shucks you recognized them. I know what you mean though. I'll never spend the money name brand boxes cost again. 

They are too easy for people to tear up and steal.
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Re: show off your toolbox
« Reply #20 on: December 09, 2009, 11:13:44 PM »
here is an older picture i stumbled upon of my Kennedy tower last night



BTW anyone whom says a sticker will not stay on a wrinkle finish is to be taken as a wrong

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Re: show off your toolbox
« Reply #21 on: December 14, 2009, 05:45:22 AM »
Here is the woodie.




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Re: show off your toolbox
« Reply #22 on: December 14, 2009, 12:52:18 PM »
Dog, that wood box is purty
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« Reply #23 on: December 14, 2009, 12:54:01 PM »
I like that Cman you cam put SAE on one side and metric on the other.
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Re: show off your toolbox
« Reply #24 on: December 14, 2009, 05:53:45 PM »
The guy who built it was a machinist for 38 years. He built it while he was still working. He used it at work. It was finished in July 1979. He retired 4 years ago and took it to his home shop. He needed the room.  I thought it strange a machinist was into woodworking.

It is made of oak with maple for the drawer fronts.  Did I mention the hand cut dovetail joints for the drawers and the tongue and grove construction of the case....





His initials and the year it was finished are carved on the bottom.



Sometime in the past he had worked at an antique store and studied the construction of old roll top desks which usually had a secret compartment.

So he put one in under the bottom drawer. The next 2 pictures are at the builder's house as he demonstrated how to get to the compartment. Remove the bottom drawer and the compartment is under it and lifts out.




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« Reply #25 on: December 14, 2009, 06:29:59 PM »
That desk is absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!!!  A true craftsman's workstation -- and that man had gobs of talent.

Thanks for the pics!!!

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Re: show off your toolbox
« Reply #26 on: December 14, 2009, 09:43:13 PM »
B very nice Kennedy tower.

Tool pants all I can say is WOW!!!!!
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« Reply #27 on: December 14, 2009, 10:58:57 PM »
here is an older picture i stumbled upon of my Kennedy tower last night
BTW anyone whom says a sticker will not stay on a wrinkle finish is to be taken as a wrong

Kennedy is always  :spincl:

They are classic tool storage --  :thankyou:

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« Reply #28 on: December 15, 2009, 02:38:20 AM »
that's one cool machinist box that makes a lot of since given they way a machinist works


gee not question on why so many tanks and what the scuba tank is for ....  seriously that was before i went into major purge mode I had almost 220 paintball tanks and so many extra spare bike parts that had not see the light of day it was not funny

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« Reply #29 on: December 15, 2009, 06:56:58 AM »
Last month was a tool box buying spree.

In my younger I always wanted a Kennedy with that ugly brown wrinkle paint, but did not have the money or space.  I bought 3 at the flea market.  The small brown one for $5.  The red one for $30.  The machinist for $35.  The machinist is neat.  Very heavy.  When I picked it up it was so heavy I thought it was filled with tools.

The 26" Craftsman triple stack I bought 20 plus years ago.  Friction slides - Sears did not have ball bearings back then.  I ran out of room and started looking for a matching side cabinet.  Found the side cabinet on Craigslist, but the guy was selling it with a 41" Craftsman red roll away.  I already have an old Craftsman red/black 41" top and bottom - friction slides because there was no ball bearings back then.  So I asked it he would sell just the red/black side cabinet as it did not match his red rollaway. 

For $60 I bought just the side cablinet and it has ball bearings.  Then I put the Kennedy machinist on top of the side cabinet.  The side cabinet is my first tool box with ball bearing slides.  Look at that old logo - no grip latch back then.  I always thought ball bearings were unnecessary, but I must say I like it.

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« Reply #30 on: December 15, 2009, 08:59:04 AM »
You can't go wrong with a Kennedy box. I wonder what Kennedy had in mind for the small box?
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« Reply #31 on: December 15, 2009, 11:43:07 AM »
I really like the old Kennedy machinist boxes. They have places for all the little items that get lost in a bigger box.
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« Reply #32 on: December 15, 2009, 01:05:22 PM »
the real small Kennedy box is from the mechanics line it is intended for socket sets and such  the mechanics line is no differing in quality it is just usually bigger and deeper to hold larger tools

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« Reply #33 on: December 17, 2009, 01:42:57 AM »
The small brown Kennedy is a L-16.  Never seen that one before.  I have a Kennedy paper catalog from 2006 and I do not see it there

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« Reply #34 on: December 20, 2009, 12:33:59 AM »
Sometime in the past he had worked at an antique store and studied the construction of old roll top desks which usually had a secret compartment.


Is that true?  I wonder what they were usually used for (the secret compartment)

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« Reply #35 on: December 20, 2009, 08:46:45 AM »
I just picked up this pair of JC Penney boxes from a craigslist seller last Friday.

The general consensus is that they are of Kennedy manufacture. I don't plan to "restore" them, just some general cleaning and touch-up. I will replace the locks if I can't find a key that fits.


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« Reply #36 on: December 20, 2009, 09:08:43 AM »
Nice Will!! Glad you were able to get that set.!

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« Reply #37 on: December 20, 2009, 01:04:51 PM »
A lot of the old roll top desks had secret compartments. Usually used to hold important papers or other valuable items.

You would have your will, some emergency cash, stocks, bonds and other items in there. Remember these were made before the days of mass produced safes and cheap safe prices.
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« Reply #38 on: December 21, 2009, 12:55:04 AM »
I replaced the locks on the red and brown Kennedys because it was cheaper.  If the JC Penney has locks like mine, then the key code is not on the face of the lock like a Craftsman.  The code is on the side of the lock.  Kennedy will sell a key for $12 based on the code.  A locksmith wanted about $3 for the key based on the code, but $20 in labor to make it.  That is why I bought new locks from Home Depot.  There is also a guy on ebay who can make a key from the code.

Today I saw a Kennedy 526 from the same group of people that I bought the red one from.  But the guy wanted $80, so I passed.

Instead I bought a S-K and Thorsen.  Old stuff.  The Thorsen is a design I have not seen before.

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« Reply #39 on: December 21, 2009, 07:54:41 AM »
I replaced the locks on the red and brown Kennedys because it was cheaper.  If the JC Penney has locks like mine, then the key code is not on the face of the lock like a Craftsman.  The code is on the side of the lock.  Kennedy will sell a key for $12 based on the code.  A locksmith wanted about $3 for the key based on the code, but $20 in labor to make it.  That is why I bought new locks from Home Depot.  There is also a guy on ebay who can make a key from the code.

Today I saw a Kennedy 526 from the same group of people that I bought the red one from.  But the guy wanted $80, so I passed.

Instead I bought a S-K and Thorsen.  Old stuff.  The Thorsen is a design I have not seen before.

I actually did find a key that fits the little 2-drawer top box, and it is one I carry every day for work anyway, so that is a plus. I pulled the lock out of the bottom chest and the code is stamped on the back of the lock as you say. I found a couple of dozen keys that fit the keyway, but none that operate the lock.

I'll just pick up another lock cylinder at Ace or HD for about $3 and be good to go.


That is an interesting Thorsen logo, I have not seen it before.

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« Reply #40 on: December 21, 2009, 01:20:45 PM »
I replaced the locks on the red and brown Kennedys because it was cheaper.  If the JC Penney has locks like mine, then the key code is not on the face of the lock like a Craftsman.  The code is on the side of the lock.  Kennedy will sell a key for $12 based on the code.  A locksmith wanted about $3 for the key based on the code, but $20 in labor to make it.  That is why I bought new locks from Home Depot.  There is also a guy on ebay who can make a key from the code.

Today I saw a Kennedy 526 from the same group of people that I bought the red one from.  But the guy wanted $80, so I passed.

Instead I bought a S-K and Thorsen.  Old stuff.  The Thorsen is a design I have not seen before.
i am going to go out on alimb, but i think that thorsen was made by huot.
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« Reply #41 on: December 23, 2009, 05:58:49 PM »
Per AA the Thorsen hot forged tools logo was in use in 1953 and registered in 1957.  I think this box is from the 1960s.  Just a Thorsen sticker stuck inside the box.  So you would think that this box was produced for other companies.  The front drops down.  I have not seen that before.  Do not see an advantage to that design.

The S-K at least has a riveted plate, and even the name on the lock hasp.

I like the corner reinforcements.  The red box is a Proto.  At first I assumed all 3 were made by Kennedy, because of the wrinkle finish and corner reinforcements.  But they are all a bit different.  In the olden days many companies made tool boxes.

The S-K and Thorsen have a stamped stylized design in the sheet metal.  The lift out tray on the Thorsen has round corners.  The S-K is blue and the Thorsen is green.  I thought S-K used green. 
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« Reply #42 on: December 26, 2009, 03:04:16 AM »
Here is something I picked up a short while back. These pictures were taken the day it came home before I cleaned it up. Cleanup consisted of a light washing the outside and the insides of the drawers, cleaning the slides and a little SuperLube on same. The lock was not working because the front of the box and lid were tweaked a bit. A bit of hammer and dolly work got that right back in order.

This is a SO K-55R made between 1941 - 1946. It's been neglected but no plans to restore it at all.









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« Reply #43 on: December 26, 2009, 08:03:00 AM »
Very nice J.A.F.E. -- a great find!! Classic old box --

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« Reply #44 on: December 29, 2009, 12:19:10 PM »
Bought another Kennedy Sunday at the flea market.  This is a 526, for $60.  This is an older one.  After I removed the drawers I found a 1991 receipt from a hardware store for some stuff.

If I get one more Kennedy I will have to become a machinist.

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« Reply #45 on: December 29, 2009, 01:25:00 PM »
Here is something I picked up a short while back. These pictures were taken the day it came home before I cleaned it up. Cleanup consisted of a light washing the outside and the insides of the drawers, cleaning the slides and a little SuperLube on same. The lock was not working because the front of the box and lid were tweaked a bit. A bit of hammer and dolly work got that right back in order.

This is a SO K-55R made between 1941 - 1946. It's been neglected but no plans to restore it at all.

That is a wonderful box, J.A.F.E. It is in much better condition than others of that vintage I have seen.

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« Reply #46 on: December 29, 2009, 03:11:34 PM »
I really like it just the way it is. A nice box that shows it has a history.
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« Reply #47 on: December 29, 2009, 05:06:50 PM »
We might have to put together an intervention for Toolpants! :lol3:


Nice boxes by the way!!!!!!!!

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« Reply #48 on: December 29, 2009, 05:10:11 PM »
NO!!!! Not one of our interventions! If we did then he would be buying them by the semi load.
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« Reply #49 on: December 29, 2009, 09:09:19 PM »
NO!!!! Not one of our interventions! If we did then he would be buying them by the semi load.

Isn't that the point?
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« Reply #50 on: December 29, 2009, 09:20:11 PM »
But then where would we find ones for our own humongous collections?
 
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« Reply #51 on: December 29, 2009, 09:32:34 PM »
But then where would we find ones for our own humongous collections?
 

That's half the fun. Just think of all the barn finds out there waiting to be discovered.
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Re: show off your toolbox
« Reply #52 on: October 19, 2010, 11:41:19 AM »

HF roller bottom with a craftsman roller top box and another craftsman lower roller  I keep my body work tools in.
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Re: show off your toolbox
« Reply #53 on: December 13, 2010, 12:54:36 AM »
This little box was new in 1964, and cost the original owner a week's pay +.  Back then it was a fairly common design for a mechanic to have in the trunk of his car, strapped into the lid hinges if he was smart.  The drawer slides leave some to be desired, but it's a good solid box.  The top section contains a lift out socket tray.

After spending the first 2 years riding around in the back of a van, this box moved on to a life in the shop.  Today it sits sort of ignored on top of an IBM cardfile that became a toolbox.
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Re: show off your toolbox
« Reply #54 on: December 13, 2010, 09:09:49 AM »
that appears to be a solid little box. why don't pull it out of there, wipe it down, lube the slides and use it. that baby has history and deserves some respect!
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Re: show off your toolbox
« Reply #55 on: December 13, 2010, 11:32:20 AM »
Man that box brings back memories I used one like it for years, when we were racing sprints.
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Re: show off your toolbox
« Reply #56 on: January 20, 2011, 12:28:40 PM »
I only have a 3 drawer Craftsman that spent years under the calcium tank on the service truck at my previous job. The bottom is mostly gone, but the drawer still works and will hold my cheap tools.
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Re: show off your toolbox
« Reply #57 on: January 20, 2011, 12:40:53 PM »
One of the Rally boxes? I've had one of them since 1980.

It's been pieced together and bolts used as drawer pulls but the stupid thing just keeps on doing it's job.
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Re: show off your toolbox
« Reply #58 on: January 20, 2011, 04:38:36 PM »
Rusty, that is it. Your name is VERY appropriate for the bottom of this thing. On this particular box, the former service driver had calcium leak all over the truck and bed causing a rusting condition.

It will hold some Stanley tools to have one set that other people can use in my garage.
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