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

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Re: show off your toolbox
« 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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Re: show off your toolbox
« 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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Re: show off your toolbox
« 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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Re: show off your toolbox
« 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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Re: show off your toolbox
« 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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Re: show off your toolbox
« 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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Re: show off your toolbox
« 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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Re: show off your toolbox
« 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.