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When you purchase a Gerstner Tool Chest you make an investment in yourself and in your tools. A Gerstner is built with carefully selected hardwoods and veneers that provide a moisture-free environment for the proper storage of your precision tools. Even after a lifetime of daily use, a Gerstner Chest often maintains a value equal to or greater than its original cost.
H. Gerstner & Sons was founded on the belief that a journeyman's reputation is built upon the professionalism that he brings to his work. Gerstner Tool Chests always have and will continue to be used by men and women who take great pride in their work, their tools and their professionalism. We believe that each and every wood chest we build is a keystone in our reputation. We take great pride in our people, our products and the many professionals we serve. 
Gerstner's restoration craftsman are specialists in their ability to service, repair, recondition and refinish virtually any Gerstner Chest regardless of age. 
Hand Rubbed Lacquer Finish
Every Gerstner chest goes through 3 final finishing stages. At each stage the lacquer finish is hand rubbed to give a lasting beauty and protection to the selected hardwoods. Oak and Cherry chests have a hand applied stain, Maple is not stained - this allows the natural wood grain to show.
100% American Made
A Gerstner is a testament to the fact that American craftsmanship can be the finest in the world. Beginning with the finest kiln dried hardwoods, over 100 separate construction and finishing operations are performed. The men and women who build the Gerstner Tool Chests are motivated and dedicated to maintaining and continuing this heritage of excellence.
Hand Fitted Drawers and Panels
Each drawer in a Gerstner Chest is shaped. planed and fitted by hand to insure an exact fit and smooth operation. Tongue & Groove joinery insures structural durability.
Selected Hardwoods & Veneers
All Gerstner products are available in Golden Oak or Natural Maple. Golden Oak provides a rich golden brown hardwood with quarter sawn grain. The Natural Maple is a light-toned natural finish hardwood. Select Gerstner products are also offered in American Cherry. American Cherry is a beautiful fruitwood color providing a rich finish.
Solid Heavy Duty Hardware
All hardware...drawer pulls, corner mounts, carrying handles and locks are specially designed for a lifetime of protection, service and beauty. Some models available with Brass Hardware standard. An optional upgrade to Brass Hardware is available for an additional charge for all other items.
Felt-Lined Drawers and Storage Compartments
The felt-lined cushioned interiors provide special protection against moisture and abrasions for precision tools.
Front Closing & Locking Lid
A Trademark of Gerstner Chests is the exclusive front closing lid, uniquely designed to slide under the bottom drawer when in use. When closed/locked, the lid conceals the drawers to protect your valuables against theft, temperature changes and moisture.
The function of Magna-Lid System is to prevent the front lid of your Gerstner Chest from falling open when the chest is first unlatched and the spring loaded pins retract from their front locking position. Magna-Lid provides only a slight magnetic pull and is not meant to hold a front lid in its upright position while the chest is being transported of moved in any manner. This feature is standard in some of the larger Gerstner Chests, and available as an option in the smaller ones for an additional charge
Stop-Trac™ Drawer System
The Stop-Trac System is a unique spring loaded brass bullet catch which prevent drawer spillage yet allow for easy pull-out of drawers when necessary. Stop-Trac comes standard on model 92XL chests, and an installation kit is available for other chests.
Gerstner Woods and Color Options:
The pictures on our website are a good overall representation of the colors of the products that we sell. The photography does utilize some lighting techniques that can make them appear slightly lighter in tone. Due to the nature of wood and the variety of grain patterns in even a single piece of wood, all products will have slight variations from the color shown. The exposure of wood to light will change their original color, due to this fact, we cannot guarantee color matches on units purchased separately. If you have a product you would like matched we would need a drawer or some other piece from your chest to aid us in matching your new chest to the older one. See below for explanations of our various woods and colors available. Custom colors and some color matching is also available, contact us for more information.
Golden Oak
Golden Oak products have a medium to dark golden stain color. This color is similar to the natural aging process that occurs in chests that we see over 40 years old. This golden color gives them an antique look that brings out the richness of the grain patterns. We only use quartersawn white oak, which is renowned for its stability and unique "tiger striping" grain. Not every piece of oak is highly figured with this "striping", however we can custom match a chest for you, please contact us for a price quote. Your new oak chest will darken over time.
Natural Walnut
Natural Walnut products have no stain. We use a lacquer finish that has a slight amber tint when finishing walnut. Most walnut furniture found today has been stained to give the wood a uniform look, and therefore appears much darker than our walnut. The lack of a stain on our walnut products allow the rich variations in the natural wood grain to show. Walnut can vary from a very blond color, which is found closer to the heart or center of the tree, to a very dark or almost blackish tone. We used quartersawn black walnut in the past, since 2010 we have been using plainsawn black walnut, which produces a beautiful cathedral grain pattern. Each piece of wood can vary greatly in color, the larger the piece used the greater the chance of color variation. Your new walnut chest will lighten over time.
American Cherry
American Cherry products have a light to medium fruitwood stain. Ours is a very unique color and does not match what people usually perceive to be a "cherry" furniture color. Our cherry products typically come standard with brass hardware and brown felt. This upgrade lends itself very well to home usage. We only use cherry that is plain sawn, which is stable and produces a wonderful flowing, curvy grain pattern. Cherry has small imperfections known as "pitting" that occurs naturally. At Gerstner these imperfections are kept to a minimum, but they sometimes can appear as very small knots, or a series of darker swirls and spots. Our American Cherry stain is light enough to highlight and accentuate the unique grain pattern. Smaller pieces of cherry will not show the flowing pattern as well as larger pieces. Your new cherry chest will darken over time.
Burgundy Cherry
Burgundy Cherry products have a very dark rosewood stain. This stain is very reddish in color, and the wood grain absorbs it quickly. Color will vary with the grain pattern slightly, but the Burgundy Cherry has an overall even look to it. The grain pattern is slightly obscured due the dark color, yet some pieces highlight the darker tones found naturally in cherry wood. We only use cherry that is plain sawn, which is stable and produces a wonderful flowing, curvy grain pattern. Cherry has small imperfections known as "pitting" that occurs naturally. At Gerstner these imperfections are kept to a minimum, but they sometimes can appear as very small knots, or a series of darker swirls and spots. Smaller pieces of cherry will not show the flowing pattern as well as larger pieces. Your new cherry chest will darken over time.
Rustic Hickory
Over the years Gerstner has introduced new hardwood options as trends change. If you are looking for strength, hardness, and durability; Rustic Hickory is one of the best commercially available wood in North America. The grain is normally straight, but can sometimes be irregular or wavy. Color may vary from a dark brown to white. Knot size and the percentage of mineral, sap, heartwood & knots are not allowed to be specified by the customer. All materials will be structurally sound. In an effort to utilize as many natural characteristics as possible and to improve yield, some knots may have voids and some “Canyon Knots” may be partially filled, but no visible light will show through. Occasional worm holes are also allowed, which adds individual character to the look and feel of the final product.
Color Samples Available:
If you are unsure about the color of our products, we can mail you small wood color samples for $5.00. This covers our processing & postage costs for the samples. Please call (937) 228-1662 with credit card information or mail a check to:
H. Gerstner & Sons
20 Gerstner Way
Dayton, OH 45402
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