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    A Diamond in the Rough

    A bit of a gloat, but more a "don't judge a book by it's cover" post. Last night I picked up an old metal tool box that was for sale on Craigslist. It was advertised for $5 and the fuzzy picture showed a cantilever top tool box a bit worse for wear, but it looked like it suited my needs.

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    I went to look it over and to my surprise it turned out to be a Kennedy tool box (model 1018). The exterior has seen its fair share of abuse and a really bad paint job. But the interior was in great shape and the hinges and trays were tight and worked well - so it followed me home.

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    A bit of cleaning, paint removal from the hardware - a pet peeve of mine, new liners and it's ready to go to work! (Still ugly though!)

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    I figure the really bad exterior will serve as a bit of urban camouflage especially since it goes to different sites with me. Hopefully any ne'er do well will judge it by it's cover!


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Alpharetta GA ( Metro Atlanta)
    Great score !!!

    I have my 35+ year old craftsmans tool box. they just don't make them like that any more..

    And for $5 .... You rock.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Tokyo Japan
    Certainly you will not find as good a tool box as that for five times the price, maybe even ten times the price!


    I knew an electrician that used to paint all of his tools HOT PINK as he just got tired of his tools growing legs and walking away, his drill motors and everything

    Got to the point that no one wanted to touch his tools, let alone borrow or steal them

    Great score for sure!
    The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
    William Arthur Ward

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Alexandria, Virginia
    Well done Wes. I have my father's Kennedy Machinist Toolchest (Model 52611) he bought in the 1950s. Great shape and lovingly cared for by me.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Tellico Plains, Tennessee
    Not knowing a Kennedy from any other tool box, at $5 I still think you still got a whale of a deal on the box... good looking tool box.
    Tellico Plains, TN
    My parents taught me to respect my elders, but it's getting harder and harder to find any.
    If you go looking for trouble, it will usually find you.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Indianapolis area
    That's a whale of a deal for a really good tool box. Congrats on a legal steal.


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