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Been working out of a plastic tool box with one tray. I realized I needed more organization, and a few less tools in the box! Carry what I need in it, not what I might need.

I found this old Kennedy machinist box at a shop. Not sure the age, but it was dirty, a little damage, rusty, probably a bit too much $, and perfect! It’s a heavy box but I love the drawer system, yet it’s still a small enough box I can carry around.

I fixed the bent corner with a bit of peening, blew it all out and removed some of the felt that was loose, used WD40 and 0000 steel wool to derust and clean. I used some rubber tool box liner to re-line the drawers. I am happy with it, no doubt it will be a ever evolving thing. It will not stay this organized for long.

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Nice Job, that's a good box.
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I like it 👍 👍
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Wow. That’s very nice!!
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Nice Kennedy and setup! With square corners, its likely near WWII or before. A close pic if the decal may give more clues as to age if you are interested.

It WILL evolve and maybe be out-grown - depends on what you get into...

My first fettle box was an old metal shotgun cleaning box I half repainted and even foam located the tools, I kept it even after outgrowing it as its great to bring on camp trips for in field repairs.

I added a second for more spare parts, and then an aluminum carry box that holds both of them, my"Cap" Jaws for the vise, and spare parts in the top tray. Later I added a small oak machinists box I picked up from a neighbor at his "moving/retirement" sale. It's a 6 drawer Pilliod, no top compartment, just the drawers. Small and light enough to bring to Coleman get together camp trips.

I'm in planning stage for a case/rack for old aluminum film canisters for the smaller parts...
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One suggestion for a handy tool - a small butane torch - I use the heck out of mine...

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Nicely done!
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Here is a picture of whats left of the label, I appreciate any help with era on it.

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I do have to get a small butane torch and a few other things, mainly spare parts. I have been using a propane torch but the butane would travel easier. I did get a NRV tool which is in one of the cases.

I have a small box with my cleaning and polishing stuff too. Just a wood box I made from birds eye pine years ago. I can see the need for multiple kits.

I am hoping this box can be used around the house, and taken with me to gatherings. I have a small shop outside I have larger tools, a compressor which I use a lot, and a small bench vise. I have been working inside a lot with the summer heat so this is perfect at the kitchen table till it cools down and I can go back up to my den! The AC is broken up there.
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That does look like an ideal fettle box.
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Kennedy! Good brand. My grandpa LOVED Kennedy tool boxes. All of the ones he had were Kennedy. He still has his great big fancy tool chest. All wood construction. Truly fascinating
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Nice Matt! Great job on cleaning it up.
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Yea, much better now. Cool setup!
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That's a nice tool box, congratulations!
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I've got a newer version of the same model, but in the silver finish. I believe they're a Model 620. Current MSRP is $428.I got mine 3/4 full of machinist's tools for $20 at a garage sale. I've filled it with my spare GPA parts in the drawers and specialty GPA tools in the top section and now it is borderline too heavy to lift. Common tools, wrenches, torch etc. still on the pegboard in the garage. Be forewarned, like a black hole it will suck in enough tools until you can't pick it up.
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I have a similar Kennedy chest I've dated to early 1960's. Also shown is my Chapman Coleman Tool set.
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My Kennedy toolbox has two cantilever lids with three trays on each side. The best thing is that it is made of aluminum and weighs a scant 14 pounds including all of my fettling tools.
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Nice box. Now I'll be looking for something similar at estate sales. Just out of curiosity, what are the dimensions and what does it weigh with the tools?
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Love those old Kennedys!

But... your 9/16" and 5/8" end wrenches are out of order.
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Nice find and perfect fettle box! Those old Kennedy Kits are awesome. I have my Dad's that probably dates back to the late '30s - early '40s that looks very similar. I'll have to check it to see if there's a date anywhere.

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I got a lot of use out of the early-70's version one I had that is similar to yours.
However, since it never left my workbench, I gave it to my brother
when I found this larger two-piece unit that was too good a deal to pass up
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Nice boxes! Seeing the quality of this I will be watching for another larger one for my work bench. Thanks for the vintage toolsite, I will check that out. I collect old hand tools too and restore hand planes, ect.
TwoCanoes wrote: Thu Jul 22, 2021 2:22 pm Nice box. Now I'll be looking for something similar at estate sales. Just out of curiosity, what are the dimensions and what does it weigh with the tools?
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Gunhippie wrote: Thu Jul 22, 2021 3:45 pm But... your 9/16" and 5/8" end wrenches are out of order.
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Cottage_hill_bill wrote: Thu Jul 22, 2021 12:08 pm I got mine 3/4 full of machinist's tools for $20 at a garage sale
Now that’s a deal! I talked the shop down 10 dollars as I was buying a bunch of lanterns too, so got it for 80 dollars. Not a screaming deal but I felt it was fair, and below the Evilbay pricing. The effort put into it makes it mine :D

I fixed up a 242, and am working on a nasty 500 stove right now. I am loving the drawers, so easy to just pull out what I need and put it back, instead of having a jumble of tools. I put the magnetic tray and parts in the lid so nothing gets lost to kids or cats running around. Other than the extra weight it’s pretty amazing.
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I got a similar beautiful Kennedy toolbox in amazing condition at a flea market for $12.00. What kills me is that he had two of them, and I only bought one. I still kick myself over that one.
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I’m impressed with anyone that owns a pair of Knipex
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Those Knipex are my favorite! I was using them for fishing reel and bike repairs but they work great on the lanterns, especially on some of the slightly not quite standard or damaged nuts. I use them more than I thought I would! I like quality things.
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Alright I’ll show my ignorance again. What are Knipex?
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I agree, Kennedy makes top notch boxes! I have 24 Kennedy's, from small carry boxes, to rollers and machinists boxes, even a couple of mids! (hard to find - I was surprised to see Bills!)

The 7 drawer 520's are probably the most common/popular, but the three drawer are very handy as its three deeper drawers.

I had a 10 drawer "classic" Craftsman top mechanics, box, but I got so heavy two strong men could not pick it up to load it in the truck to go to the races... I bought a 2 drawer Kennedy Mid and a 6 drawer Kennedy top in the mechanics lineup and never looked back while I was still into racing. I could manage those by myself. Certainly the smaller 20" tops are good for this use.

One thing I've found odd is the general dismissal of Kennedy by the Auto and aviation mechanics trades. They generally dismiss them if not despise them. Sure, they don't have roller slides and don't have sexy fancy paint jobs, but they also don't cost 5 to 25K!
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Chuckfromtexas wrote: Fri Jul 23, 2021 2:21 am Alright I’ll show my ignorance again. What are Knipex?
Knipex males pliers and they are a top notch brand FnCs red handled pliers...
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Its just a brand name, they make all sort of pliers but are very high quality German made tools. I have the small 6” pliers in the box, smooth jaw and perfectly parallel for nuts. They have channel lock style, needle nose, side cutters, wire cutters, ect. Very nice stuff that works well.

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See how that jaw has a cantilevered link to the handles? That makes it able to grip WAY more than standard slip joints.
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What a nice addition.
Someday, I'm gonna get something like that. My tools are virtually everywhere around the house except where I would find them.
Knipex is a great German brand. Quality is top-notched.
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Thanks for the quick response guys. Those look like a great tool. I’ll have to check into them. Dollar General must not carry them 🤓. Very cool fettle boxes. Mine are a couple of old metal tackle or toolboxes that I painted.
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"But... your 9/16" and 5/8" end wrenches are out of order."

Timm, I'll bet that you align the direction disks on your lanterns with a square.
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Some people don't?
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See, foam or wrench racks solves this order/alignment "problem":
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outlawmws wrote: Sat Jul 24, 2021 1:06 pm See, foam or wrench racks solves this order/alignment "problem":

Shadowing almost there!.jpg

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What is the splined piece in the bottom left corner?
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Ratcheting screwdriver. Nice pieces if you can find them.
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I have a couple of those that take the bits, they are great. The Milwakee screwdrivers in my box (small one and larger one covered by another screw driver) ratchet as well. You turn the black collar to control the direction. They are fantastic, I think they are easier on screws too as you can maintain your purchase and just keep twisting.
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deepmarsh wrote: Sun Jul 25, 2021 2:17 am What is the splined piece in the bottom left corner?
Gunhippie wrote: Sun Jul 25, 2021 2:19 am Ratcheting screwdriver. Nice pieces if you can find them.
Yep, They were sold under several different names. The middle one is "Ratcheting Versatool" and the black one had a "motor supply company" name out of Joplin. I've seen 3 and 4 blade versions; The other two are 1/4" hex drive as FnC mentioned. This is about half my collection of them. invariably they seem rough when I get them, but a few drops of MMO, into the works and they ratchet like new.
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