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I brought home an old wooden tool box that belonged to my grandpa. More about that in this previous post. Special Vintage Tool Box

First, I removed all of the old tools and screws and then swept the whole thing out. The first thing I knew that needed to be repaired was the arm that holds the lid open. This is a simple little mechanism that is attached to one side of the box with a screw that slides through the slot as the lid is opened. At the end is a notch that allows the lid to be propped open.


This was working just fine but there was a crack at the one end so I decided to glue and clamp it and then reinstall it.


I wiped the inside and the outside with Murphy’s Oil mixed with water and it cleaned up really nicely.



The next step will be to clean out the tray that sits in the top of the box and reinforce it since it looked like it was starting to pull apart.


Special Vintage Tool Box

Posted: October 18, 2015 in Restoration
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When I was growing up, I remember my grandpa having an old wooden tool box at his house. It was always jam packed with a mixture of old hand tools and some corded power tools. My dad kept the tool box after his dad passed away and I laid claim of it years ago knowing I wanted to pass it on to one of my boys. After visiting with my dad this weekend, I brought the box home ready to bring it back to life.

Vintage Tool Box

Vintage Tool Box

My grandpa built this tool box while he was working at a furniture factory that made desks, tables, file cabinets after WWII. I don’t have an exact date on it but it was probably in the late 1940s.

The dove tailed joints make the box very strong.

Dove tailed joints

Dove tailed joints

Inside, the box has a drawer and some other neat features to keep the tools organized.


The goal on this one is to bring it back into service as a tool box we will continue to use. We will clean it up and repair and reinforce the tray and anything else that needs attention. I hope this tool box has another 70 years of use.