Restored tool cabinets

 I Now know why we are not allowed to see into the future. When I started the process of restoring these three tool cabinets, not in my wildest dreams would it take 22 days. Yes it was only a few hours a day, but still.


These cabinets were out in a side shed for years and tools scattered all over the property. My court yard has become a small machine shop and the cabinets needed to be moved out there. The court yard is a part of our living area and whatever is out it should look cared for.

The crown jewel of this set is the top cabinet. My father was a Chrysler Dealer from 1929 to 1954. He received gifts from Chrysler Corp. every year and this tool chest in 1948. I was five years old at the time and remember it well. When dad sold the dealership, I got the tool box, but the mechanics had ripped off most of the tools. Dad bought me a 1947 Plymouth to work on when I was 14 years old. I bought a cheap set of tools from a furniture store of all places and paid for them with money I earned delivering the Milwaukee Journal. I used this cabinet for 60 years and decided to give something back in memory of my father.
 It was brought to Chino Valley where Meyer's Sand Blasting brought it down the bare metal. You can see what that looks like as the tote tray has not been painted yet.
The Roll-a-way cabinet was bought in the 70's when I had my shop in Cokato MN and it's a Snap-on unit. The side box is a Cornwall unit I bought for $50.00 while at the Grand Canyon. My tool collection now exceeds the space of these cabinets, but I'm not buying any more soon.
One thing I found out about cans of spray paint for good quality enamel paint, don't go to the hardware store or Walmart as that Acrylic enamel is garbage paint. Go to Auto Zone and buy high temperature engine enamel. This is what I call DuPont Enamel as it's the real stuff and dries with a lasting finish with a high gloss.
Instead of being ashamed of those greasy grimy tool cabinets, I'm quite proud to show them off now.