Interesting information. I kind of knew the 042 was the standard for machinits. When I was working many of the machinists had 042 chests. But I was unaware that it was called the “Apprentice Chest”.
Thanks for the information,
The Gerstner Style 52 is the most widely recognized design of Gerstner chests ever made and the longest continuously produced style chest in the Gerstner line. The Style 52 is still produced today, with one less drawer on the right and the Style number has changed to the 2610.
The Style 52 was called the “Journeyman Chest”.
The Dimensions of the case are:
Style 52 – 26″ wide x 15-3/4″ tall x 9-1/2″ deep
The small drawers on the left are 1-1/4″, 3/4″ and 2″ tall. The small drawers on the right are 1-1/4″, 3/4″, 3/4, and 1″ tall.
The center drawer was designed for the Machinery’s Handbook, often referred to as the Machinists Bible.
The 3 full-width drawers are 3/4″, 1″ and 2-1/8″ tall.
The 11-drawer Style 52 was produced from 1936 to the late 1970’s (when the design changed to 10 drawers). The Style 52 chest is often confused with the Style 42, which has the same drawer layout, but the Style 42 is only 20″ wide.
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