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    We have but 1 single hardware store located whit in 45 miles of my house.The owner's son recently took on a true value contract.
    OK, admittedly there really isn't a dime's worth of difference in a True value or an Ace hardware. so far as the line items either carry that would be of interest to me that is. Since I don't give a whiff for the house hold decorative stuff. When I head to the hardware store it is for nuts bolts fasteners of various configurations plumbing fittings electrical and possibly garden supplies.
    Anyway our near by store has a limited amount of floor space as do many small town stores.
    Chase is very attuned to this and has started to triple his line items by adding in roll a way vertical bin racks Except in the brass fitting bins he now has then mounted 5 deep which I find to be great since he can stock 4 times the amount of individual line items than his dad had carried the same goes for the electrical section. I'm just waiting to see if he can triple his specialty fasteners as well.
    Every time I go in there I say Chase one of these days we are going ot have to have a roof raising ceremony and add a 2nd floor to this place.
    He just says the month that our business quadruples our best month prior to the change over I may just do that.
    So in a way he is attempting to Studley his store.
    Also since the nearest tractor supply store is 40 miles away he carries a lot of what they carry in the agriculture department. I hope the young man does well.

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    Frank S can't be the only craftperson needing commercial hardware in his geographic area. I imagine area covered with farm and ranch operations, all with a widely varied demand.
    That is a double edged sword. Spend untold amounts on rare inventory no one has within 60 miles, rural miles at that. Or wait for internet to wipe you out. I'd say go all in as a internet warehouse.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Toolmaker51 View Post
    Frank S can't be the only craftperson needing commercial hardware in his geographic area. I imagine area covered with farm and ranch operations, all with a widely varied demand.
    That is a double edged sword. Spend untold amounts on rare inventory no one has within 60 miles, rural miles at that. Or wait for internet to wipe you out. I'd say go all in as a internet warehouse.
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    I want one!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ralphxyz View Post
    I want one!!
    I don't know what you would have to pay for the Studley chest given its notoriety and craftsmanship but you can have a very nice chest with a complement of more generalized (i.e., non-piano-specific) tools for a mere $150,000....

    https://www.core77.com/posts/52676/T...ase-Looks-Like

    Judging from that admittedly singular data point, I would guess that the Studley might bring somewhere in the $500,000 category if the auction were properly advertised in the wealthy tool afficionados circles.

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    If you want to see a picture of the man himself next to his chest, go here...

    H. O. Studley Masonic Tool Chest

    There's also pictures of his workbench there. I believe only the mahogany top and vise is original and the base is a reproduction. Still, not something you want to accidentally drive a nail into.
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    Nice. I didn't know Studley built a workbench too.




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