Step 5: Re-cover the handle

I really wanted to cover the handle with the original covering, but unfortunately it was too brittle to save.  I had some really thin leather (vegetable tanned deerskin) from a previous project that worked out fine.  I coated the glued-up handle with carpenter's white glue and tightly formed the thin leather around the handle, trimming it along the same edge the original covering had been trimmed.  Once the glue had cured, I dyed the handle and hung it to dry.
<p>nice, thank's have to give this a try, got a few old trunk's like that..</p>
Very nicely done. Back in the late 1960s and very early 1970s I was going to school in St. Louis. One of my favorite hangouts was any of the several Central Hardware stores. They had everything &quot;from scoop to nuts.&quot; One thing they had was these handles as replacements. I think the prices were quite reasonable then. <br><br>
Thanks, Phil. I used to be able to buy these at the Elliot's Hardware store in Dallas back in the '70's, but in recent years the only place I've found them is on the internet at reproduction hardware sites, and they've gotten very pricy.
Wow, really well done. Most people would resort to rope or just scrap it all together. I love that you've documented how to repair this and give the case a whole new life again. This kind of thing is what we all need to be learning!
Thanks again for your nice words. I was going to wait until a cold winter day to fix this thing, but decided cold weather is still a long way off in Texas!

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