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Check out This Amazing Woodworker's Tool Chest

(Photos: Rau Antiques)

19th Century pianomaker Henry O. Studley is now famous for the portable tool chest that he built for himself. It's a marvel of design and precision craftsmanship.

Sadly, we don't know who made this cabinetmaking tool chest, which is equally magnificent. It dates back to the United States in the early 20th Century. It has multiple layers that fan out to tigthly contain 210 antique tools, including a vast array of planes, chisels, bevels, gauges, saws, punches, and even a tiny vise.

Then it folds up neatly again into a beautiful cabinet.

This masterpiece is up for auction by Rau Antiques. You can see more photos of it at Core 77.

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Now is someone going to buy it for looking or using? Probably not for using at that price, but there seems to be an on going battle between those that want old awesome tools for looking cool and those that want them because they work well. I've been in the latter category and had to go with tools that have cosmetic defects to avoid higher prices intended for the former category.
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