My dad gave me his old Neslien engineers toolbox when I was an apprentice Ford mechanic at Crimbles of Staines. I think it is at least 70 years old. It has been crying out for a little TLC for quite some time, and time is something I have an abundance of at the moment.
|How it looked with the drawer handles removed.|
|The leather handle has a flat metal spring inside.|
|The grimey drawers.|
|The drawer handles needed a good polish.|
|A small box compared to my other tool box.|
I was surprised that after being abused for 70 years none of the joints needed re-glueing. Basically, the box was sound, I gave the wood a good sanding down, three coats of linseed oil and four coats of satin varnish.
|The bottom rusty chrome insert got a coat of silver Hammerite.|
|A saddler made me a flat leather sprung handle - like the original.|
|New baize was fitted to the drawer bottoms to finish the job.|
|This is the only vehicle in the garage - for now.|