I had received this box from a family member that was loaded with odd tool bits and various measurement tools from a long career as a small business owner. And like many things that need help the box was left in its sad shape for far too long. One afternoon in the spring I decided it was time to stop procrastinating and finally restore this tool box. After a bit of heavy cleaning you could see the potential this box had. I made a decision early on not to completely strip the original finish off but instead to work with the discolored varnish in order to preserve its character. In the end I am really glad I spent the time fixing this box up as it now holds my more precise and older measuring tools.