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Hi, Recently retired, I have begun making machinist cabinets. My interests have come from being in the hardware retail buisness for years and also knowing someone who made one of his own, as part of his toolmaker apprenticship in England...years ago. The skilled apprentices from overseas had to make their own tool cabinets, then make their own tools to put in them.....when they were done after about 3years....they were tool makers with their basic tools....or die makers or what-ever their apprenticship was for. A huge number of then came to the U.S. and Canada...brought their tools with them. In the States and Canada, there were 50plus companies who made machinist cabinets, under their own names or with other brands on them. E.i. Sears, National...ect. The last domestic surviver appears to be Gerstner..in Dayton (also made National brand). Pilliod Cabinet was diversified enough to survive the depression apparently. Today they are alot rarer than other quality built cabinets. Like many companies, back when, alot of production was sold on a regional basis. In Ohio alone there were 5-6 companies making machinist cabinets. But then again, the Great Lakes region had alot of skilled people working in the war plants, and they must have bought alot of cabinets to keep their tools in.(didn't make their own) Who-ever put the raised base on your cabinet should get an award. Most older cabinets have the bottom dammaged from moisture or oil and the bottom off the back of the case is almost always water damaged and de-laminted if it is veneered. The felt mildewed...E.I. tools rusted. Looking at the precission tools that are in it and it's general shape.....I'd keep it all intact and put silica gel packets in all the drawers to protect all of it from moisture and don't put it in the basement. Nice find.
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