Antique Tool Chest and Link Party Week 16

How about this beauty?

antique tool chest box

She was my father’s, and even covered in cobwebs, she’s still pretty.  My father was an expert woodworker, furniture restorer, custom furniture maker, and historic home renovator.  You name it, he could do it.  Preferably with antique hand tools.  He had an incredible collection of antique planes and other tools, and a couple of wonderful olde workbenches, which he wanted my husband to have when he passed on.

Daddy finished his battle with cancer almost 7 years ago.  (Don’t you like that?  “Finished”, not “lost”.  I heard that many years ago and I thought that was so well-said, I’ve been using it ever since.)  Well, my husband finally got his dream workshop built, and brought Daddy’s workbenches and this lovely tool chest home a few weeks ago.

antique tool chest box


I was seriously tempted to kidnap it, put a glass top on it, and deem it the new coffee table for the living room!  Wouldn’t that be gorgeous?!  But no, it’s a woodworker’s tool chest, and so it shall remain.  The lock alone is drool-worthy:

antique tool chest box


Many of us like to paint and distress furniture.  I’ve even been learning to do it myself over the past year.  But it’s hard to fake patina like this beauty has.  I’m sorry, but there’s nothing quite like genuine age.

I’ll be sharing more about the antique tool chest and workbenches in a proper post later on, including the wonderful inscription we had no idea was hiding beneath one of them!  But now, it’s time to party, y’all!

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I’m sharing this antique tool chest with the sweet ladies at Ivy & Elephants.

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18 thoughts on “Antique Tool Chest and Link Party Week 16

  1. You are so lucky to have such a treasure tool box and the memories of your father to go with them. I cannot wait to see the beautiful tools. I LOVE OLD TOOLS and have often collected them just to have and admire. ( I do do a bit of woodworking but not as much as in my woodenboat/sailing days.) If you haven’t read any books by Eric Sloane, check him out. He has several on early American tools and barns that gives great information and his drawings are absolutely divine!

  2. The lock alone is enough to send my heart thumping madly. Wonderful tool chest, such a personal treasure. Thank you for hosting We Call It Junkin this week, love joining in. Have a great week Dawn.

  3. Oh my, that tool box … what a TREASURE … love the story too. The time-worn look is beautiful … never can copy that look. Thanks for always hosting this fun party where we get lots of inspiration.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

  4. I love this chest and it is indeed a treasure chest. You can’t fake that kind of patina. I will be waiting to hear more about it. Have a great week and thank you for hosting! Cyber hugs.

  5. Dawn, that is such a wonderful chest and I’m sure every time you look at it you remember your Father. I agree,that patina cannot be duplicated. Have a wonderful week.

  6. Your dads tool chest is lovely what a treasure.
    Like you I lost my dad to cancer eight years ago and I like the word finish it was weird when I read about your dad me and my sister were just saying on Sunday how much we miss our dad.
    Thanks for hosting.

  7. Hi Dawn, love that chest! You’ll see one similar, though smaller, in the retail space (B&A Holidays) I’m sharing this week (hint – it’s in the cottage section, under the bench). I love that color – it was hard enough for me to give up fostering mine, but if it had been my dad’s – no way would I give it up!
    Have a great rest of the week.
    Rita C. at Panoply

  8. Hi! I happened upon your blog via Adirondack Girl. I linked up my Ironstone Platter that I found at Goodwill. I accidentally put my name down instead. I’m happy to link up to your party. I love old and used and I love your father’s trunk. It’s beautiful! I also like how you said that your father was “finished” with his cancer. I’ve never heard that before but I really like it.
    Blessings, Diane

  9. this tool chest is a true beauty, cobwebs and patina included! it’s great that it stayed in your family and it gets used again true to its original purpose!

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