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Tools for the Amateur Riflesmith

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If you've gotten this far, you have seen that these small hand tools can cost some money. It is REAL nice to have a place to store all your "stuff". The best known and most respected "boxes" are made by H-Gerstner & Sons Inc. These are not even called boxes, but rather "chests" These are so expensive that I don't even have a photo. But they are nice, check out the link!

This is a Chinese chest. It's pretty nice, with felt lined, removable drawers. Many machinist chests have removable drawers to allow carrying the entire drawer to the work space. The problem with Asian wood is that it always seems to develop cracks and splits. This, I think can be had for $75-$100.

This is a Kennedy 52611 11 drawer all-metal chest, about $250. It has a hinged top and a lay-in compartment under the lid and 11 drawers. It comes with a solid metal panel that covers all the drawers, and when the lid is closed and locked, the entire box is secure. (of course someone COULD carry off the whole thing!). Kennedy uses 700 different locks and keys, it seems that they take security seriously.

Take note that both chests shown have a wide and deep central drawer. That drawer is for your Machinery's or Machinists Handbook; thatís how necessary these books are!

The all-steel chests could also store handguns and/or the bolts from your rifles.

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