Vintage Wooden Carpenter's Chest, Trunk, Toolbox, Saw box "Ripe for Repurpose"


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Lester Bentwell appreciated a good saw when he saw one. In fact, the Wausau, Wisconsin native could rarely pass up buying a saw and so his garage was full of them. Although Lester was a barber by trade, he longed to be a professional carpenter. Little did the men of Wausau know that when he was trimming their hair, he was dreaming of sawing 2X4's.

Mrs. Bentwell on the other hand, really didn't understand Lester's fascination with hand saws and she thought it odd that in the back of the family's care, he kept a large wooden carpenter's box with several of his favorite saws--for "just in case." Mrs Bentwell would roll her eyes whenever Lester opened up the trunk to check on his saws and she was quick to make excuses when the grocery bag boy had to lift the grocery bags over the large wooden box.

Irony played in Lester's favor when Wausau was hit by a freak wind storm in the spring of 1957. Lester and his wife were driving home from the store during the storm when they came across a school bus which was stopped in the middle of the road, embraced by a huge oak tree. Lester slammed on the brakes, jumped out of the car and ran to see if anyone was hurt. He peered in the windows to see a group of panicking school children and a frazzled looking bus driver.

"WE CAN'T GET OUT! ...THE DOOR AND WINDOWS ARE BLOCKED BY THE LIMBS!!!" The excited bus driver yelled to Lester.

Lester tried to control the glee he felt as he raced back to his car to grab one of his saws.

There are still a few people around Wausau who remember that stormy day back in '58 when a "hero" barber came to the rescue of a bus-load of school children, single-handedly sawing off tree limbs to make good their escape.

Here's an awesome find-- an old wooden carpenter's box - tool chest with lots of nice details. This large, circa 1930s - 40s tool chest measures 33" X 18.75" X 8", weighs over 28 lbs and is constructed out of 3/8" thick solid wood with a piano hinged, drop-down side that folds down on one side. It features copper edge guards and decorative metal corner guards as well as two flip latches and one center key latch (no key included). There are also two large metal carrying handles on each end. The exterior is painted satin black except the bottom panel which looks like it retains its original green paint. The inside has been painted a sea foam green and features two 2.5" high drawers that stretch the length of the box. The front panels of the drawers have a medium brown stain with natural woodgrain and a clear gloss varnish. The inside of the drawers are painted sea foam green as well. The drop-down side has center divider with slots that once held saws. We love the look of this cabinet and think it would make a wonderful liquor cabinet, retail display case, book case or use your imagination.

This toolbox is in very good vintage condition and very sturdy. It has been refinished in the not too distant past but there are some scuffs and scratches to the exterior painted finish. The metal hardware has been painted black except on the bottom panel where they remain unpainted with a few small rust spots.The interior is very clean with only a few scratches.

Flat shipping rate of $39.95 to anywhere in the lower 48 USA states. It will probably ship via FedEx Ground so please provide a physical shipping address if different than your mailing address (no PO Boxes). We can also ship it to Alaska/Hawaii/US Territories but it will run a little more for shipping by USPS Parcel--Convo us for a shipping rate prior to purchasing for those locations.

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