Step 6: Install the handle

Installing the handle was easy -- I simply attached it to the brackets on the case and re-fastened them in place.

The materials required for this project were as follows:

- a small section of an old belt
- a small piece of leather scrap
- two rivets
- a small amount of leather dye
- glue

This handle came off of an old phonograph that is over 80 years old.  I fully expect the rebuilt handle to last at least as long.  If you want to know if it works out this way, check with me on my 143rd birthday........
<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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