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Refinished old chest.
 
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I have had  this old trunk for as long as I can remember. It was corroded, dirty and somebody had used it to paint a project on it long before it was handed down to me. It even sat for years in a damp basement and stored scrap project wood.

Then for some reason I decided to pull it out one day... I have had this ugly thing sitting around in my living room as a coffee table through two different moves now.

It's time to restore it.

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I had been wanting to attach feet to this chest for a long while. Back in my old house I had hardwood floors and the brass on this chest used to drag a little and leave scratches behind.

Browsing through Lowes one day I happened upon these wooden replacement furniture legs. Since these legs have a piece of threaded rod in them, I drilled out a hole in each corner of the chest to sink this rod into. I then drilled  three (3) holes from the inside of the bottom of the chest to attach the feet with deck screws.

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There was old paint on the top of the the box that I soaked off with a gel paint stripper.

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Next I sanded the top of the box.

I used an electric sander for the larger areas and hand sanded the edges and smaller surfaces. The biggest thing with sanding is to make sure everything looks even, especially since this wood will be stained.

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The next step was to test the removal of the tarnish from the brass. I then coated the top of the box with a red mahogany stain. More on these two (2) steps in a moment.

By this point I was really only testing how the look of how this project might turn out.

The results were pretty good..
Reichenstein7 (author) 6 months ago

Thank you guys for all of the views and kind words =)

Please take a moment and vote for me in the Woodworking Contest if you like this project.

Thanks!

Mihsin5 months ago

Nice work. I'd add casters to the legs and exchange the weak hinges with stronger ones.

Reichenstein7 (author)  Mihsin5 months ago

I have some heavy casters, but I wanted something more aesthetically pleasing. Those brass hinges will surprise you, they are very old and fairly thick for their small surface area. Recessed into the wood, they should have no problems.

ledshed6 months ago

Nice work.

sunshiine6 months ago

This is gorgeous. Thank you so much for sharing your hard work and . . . keep on shining!

sunshiine

antagonizer6 months ago

Great work. For obvious reasons I'm a huge fan of trunk restorations. It's too bad you couldn't recover the old handles, but I've found they usually bear the brunt of the wear and often need replacing.

Reichenstein7 (author)  antagonizer6 months ago

Unfortunately the handles on this trunk were not worth salvaging. They didn't match and one was almost rotted through with rust =\ Its actually quite heavy even empty, so I wanted to make sure I had something that could handle the weight.

BayRatt6 months ago

Beautiful!!

Wow, it looks amazing!

Thank you!

That turned out beautiful! Wonderful work :)

Reichenstein7 (author)  Penolopy Bulnick6 months ago

Thank you!