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    Studley tool chest

    I had never heard of the Studley tool chest before, but bumped into a thread about it by rdn2blazer on OffRoadFabNet.com. Here it is when it was featured on New Yankee Workshop:



    The Wikipedia page on Henry O. Studley is interesting too: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_O._Studley . He was a piano maker, Civil War soldier, Mason, and incredibly gifted craftsman. PhoenixMasonry.org has reprinted the Fine Woodworking article about the tool chest: Studley 1993 Tool Chest Article by Fine Woodworking Magazine .

    The tool chest was bequeathed to Studley's attorney, handed down to his grandson, traded for a '34 Ford, loaned out to the Smithsonian, restored, and ultimately bought for an unnamed price by a private collector. It contains nearly 300 tools, many of them made by Studley himself.

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    If you enjoy examples of exquisite, intricate woodworking, you'll enjoy the Roentgen furniture...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jon View Post
    I had never heard of the Studley tool chest before, but bumped into a thread about it by rdn2blazer on OffRoadFabNet.com. Here it is when it was featured on New Yankee Workshop:
    And I thought studley referred to my triple deck Craftsman and hangon side cabinet. I don't push it anymore, apparently insufficiently studley.
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    Bureau du Roi, Louis XV's rolltop desk, built in the 1760s.



    More: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bureau_du_Roi

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    Yeah, it's nice.
    Guess you'd have to drill some holes for cords and the like today.

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    I wonder the purpose of the 2 overly long drawers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 12bolts View Post
    I wonder the purpose of the 2 overly long drawers?
    Long overdue bills.
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    CVS receipts.

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    Studley was fortunate to live in a time during which few new, must-have tools appeared on the market. Few "interchangeable bits" tools requiring an ever growing collection of router bits, fastener bits, sockets, etc. were required. Many things we now do with specialized-for-purpose tools were done in those days with simple hand tools wielded skillfully to do a myriad of jobs.

    It also probably helped that most of his work was confined to piano-related woodworking; no need to deal with electrical, metal, plumbing, etc..

    With that said, I'd still sacrifice important anatomical features to own that chest.
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    Marv's "Studley was fortunate to live in a time during which few new, must-have tools appeared on the market. Few "interchangeable bits" tools..."
    struck a chord for me. Now that I have tool grinders effective in 3 axes, I'd like to reproduce the many form cutters for Stanley #45 Router Plane. A purchaser received the tool roll, pocketed with as broad a range to what a power router can run today. All the grooving, reeding, beading, ogee, round overs etc imaginable. That and very few other tools had developed a range of accessories. Yankee screwdrivers, braces, push drills, perhaps mortising set-ups, were about the limit of add-on type merchandising for a long time.
    I referenced my ancient treasured American Wholesale Hardware catalog to capture what bits a plane may encompass. This also bridges with another thread we wrung thoroughly, how a background could start. M. Klotz initiated it with http://www.homemadetools.net/forum/q...-v-block-58650
    We came to similar conclusions, that only one kind of fuel is needed or suitable for this pursuit.
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