Gerstner Tool Chest Kit

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Build an American Legend. Now in curly maple or alder! This build-it-yourself kit is a genuine Gerstner,® a respected name in heirloom tool chests since 1906.

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Gerstner Tool Chest Kit Alder kit

Alder kit

Item # 5387
In stock, ready to ship!

$239.00 $138.62

Gerstner Tool Chest Kit Curly maple kit

Curly maple kit

Item # 5387-CM

$339.00 $203.40

Gerstner Tool Chest Kit Gerstner knob set

Gerstner knob set

Item # 5389

$14.95 $7.47

Total: $0.00
Quantity: 20


Gerstner Tool Chest

Dan Erlewine shows off the Gerstner chests he's built, a fun project!

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Build an American Legend. Now in curly maple or alder! This build-it-yourself kit is a genuine Gerstner,® a respected name in heirloom tool chests since 1906.

Exclusively for StewMac customers, this kit is made of guitar-quality alder or curly maple. The completed chest is a handsome addition to any workshop, perfect for storing small tools and hardware.

Add guitar knobs, give it a sunburst or other instrument finish, to create an absolute knockout. See the video for creative finishing ideas from Dan Erlewine.

Easy to assemble!
Parts are all cut to shape and routed for you by the Ohio Gerstner Crew. Assembly is simple and needs just basic tools. You'll also need quality wood glue, clamps, sandpaper and finish.

Overall dimensions
16" wide x 11.5" tall x 8.75" deep (406mm x 292mm x 222mm)

  • Seven drawers with felt linings
  • Slide-out tray that hinges up to become a locking front panel
  • Amp-style steel corner hardware
  • Slip-resistant rubber feet
  • Instructions included
  • Knobs sold separately

Customize it!
It's easy to assemble, so you have time to tweak it out like your favorite guitar. We gave one of ours a classic 3-tone burst like a '63 Strat, and used strap buttons and Fender control knobs.

Product Instructions

Gerstner Tool Chest Kit Instructions

Manufacturer's assembly instructions.

Ratings & Reviews

Gerstner Tool Chest Kit

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Fun, but not trouble free

(Customer's Reviews)

I got the tool chest in alder. As some have mentioned, the drawers didn't all fit together very well. Extra care was needed to get the joinery to work and there were still gaps in the joints which I had to fill. The biggest problem though was that the special Gerstner knobs I paid extra for stand too far out and prevent the cover from closing. Still working on a solution for that.
I went retro and covered the box with Fender cloth for a vintage amp look.


Curly Maple kit

(Customer's Reviews)

I just finished making a tool chest from the curly maple kit. I really enjoyed it and I am very happy with the results. The comments by Mr. Rigby are quite right. I would add a couple of others. The assembly instructions for the drawers could be a little more detailed. I puzzled over the drawer assembly for some time, until I realized the drawer third from the bottom (topmost full width drawer) is not as deep as the other two. That isn't really apparent in the photos. I note the other comments about the quality of the wood. I don't have any complaints, but I would note that curly maple does tend to "pick" and there were a few places on the drawer fronts where I needed to use some filler, which is not surprising but is not included in the list of materials. For the finish, I stained the chest with a Minwax golden oak stain/sealer, which I then sanded with 220 grit. I put on three to five coats (depending on the area) of Behr Tung Oil, using 0000 steel wool on the last coat to get rid of any grain that rose up. Finally I paste waxed it. I think the chest looks good and I am am proud of it and will enjoy using it.


lesson learned

(Customer's Reviews)

I have to agree this kit is bad. The packing is horrible, all the drawer fronts are dented. the biggest problem are the joints on the drawer parts, is as if the blades are dull. the drawers come out wider than the box unless you spend the time to correct all the joints. Lesson learned...inspect everything you receive!! Hope your guitar kit I want to order is better!


Very neat tool box

(Customer's Reviews)

Great probuct, just finished my 2nd box and it is half full allready! My 1st is finished in pecan, the 2nd is ebony. Both are striking to look at when they are stacked up.I am thinking about the perfect Xmas gift.....


Gerstner tool chest kit

(Customer's Reviews)

I had a few minor problems, But I'm pretty happy with the results. The people at Gerstner were very helpful.


Poor quality wood and parts

(Customer's Reviews)

The quality of the wood is poor at best. Some pieces were obvious rejected parts from Gerstner. Knots and checks in the joinery, and on edges. Some even had pencil arrows pointing out the flaw. The nails were cheep with misshaped heads, I used my own. Even though the instructions said to use the finish nails to secure the back to the bottom, only common nails were provided. The guides for the front cover hinge pins were stamped out of cheap metal and should have been plated the same as the lock. The lock did not work at first, the internal parts are so loose that the only way to get it to work is to jiggle the key while moving it in or out until it opens. The Gerstner name plate is plastic! I won't use it and if I were Gerstner I would not want it on my product. All in all this is a poor kit for the price. Gerstner makes high end products and they should be embarrassed! Do not expect the wood grain and quality to look like the picture.


Nice quaity, fun project

(Customer's Reviews)

Dan: Thanks to inspiration from your StewMac video, I built a Gerstner toolbox. Despite my many mistakes in construction and finish work I think it looks just great, and certainly good enough for rock and roll. It holds all the neat gadgets IÆve bought from StewMac over the years as well as all the little tools I use almost every day. ItÆs great to finally have it all stored in one place. The Fender nameplate came from my old Twin Reverb that was at Allied Music when Hurricane Katrina swamped the place. Luckily, I had already removed the nameplate, so now itÆs all I have left from my favorite amp. The top handle is a Fender brown leather vintage style. This was a very fun project. Thanks for giving me the confidence to give it a try. Arthur Zatarain, PE
New Orleans, LA

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