Vintage Wooden Tackle Box




Introduction: Vintage Wooden Tackle Box

About: My father, who first started out in the French Polishing industry got me into furniture restorations! From a very young age we would tackle projects together, since then I have become an avid 'DIY' nut. Alon...

Hello Fellow Instructablers;

Being a fanatical and devoted fisherman, i decided that i needed a personalized tackle box. After spending an enormous time online looking for the perfect vintage style tackle box, i came up empty. I had two options, either settle on your typical plastic casing boxes or design and make my own, judging by the entry you know which option i decided to go with.

Below i have listed the steps and methods i used to create this piece, you won't believe how easy it was. I have also taken the liberty and added the websites my supplies were purchased from. Bare in mind that i am obsessed with all things vintage; feel free to tweak my design and fit it to your own style!

Note: Money is listed in Australian Dollars

Supplies: (Online market place where people sell and buy unique goods. Great place for those seeking vintage and antique pieces)

  1. Ancient Metal Pull Handle(Size: 72mm x 45mm) = $1.49
  2. 8 x Vintage Antique Brass Metal Decorative Corner Brackets (Size: 25mm x 38mm) = $4.80
  3. 4 x Vintage Brass Lid Corner Plates (Size: 40mm x 40mm) = $1.90
  4. 2 x Vintage Pull Rings/Drawer Handles (Size: 25mm) = $5.90
  5. Vintage Brass Box Handle (Size: 12cm) = $3.80

For this piece you can use any old wooden box that comes with a lid, you can also scrap up some supplies you may have laying around at home and construct your own or even check out a local flee market for used boxes there. I however, got impatient and purchased an already made box from Ebay.

  1. Large French Provincial Vintage Storage Jewel Timber Wooden Box (Size: W:330mm x D:240mm x H:100mm) = $28.00

Ebay Seller: ravenfrostau

  1. 2 x 160mm Brass Stray/Hinges (Lid Support) $7.95

You will also need;

  1. Walnut Brown Wood Stain = $11.95
  2. Clear Wood Varnish $6.35
  3. Old Rags/Cloths
  4. Paint Brush x 2 = 1 thick and 1 fine brush
  5. Belt Sander
  6. Hand Sander
  7. Screw Driver (electric or handheld)
  8. Hammer
  9. Gloves

Step 1: Sanding It Down

The box that i had purchased online came already coated in a chestnut brown colored stain, it also came with a printed image on the lid. Because i didn't care for the color of the stain nor wanted the Eiffel Tower print i gave the box a quick sand down with my belt sander. Before doing so i unscrewed the hinges and latch for convenience. I also used my small hand sander to sand down the inside of the box, this worked a treat for the corners and edges.

After sanding off all the old stain, i gave the box a wipe down using a damp cloth, this helped to remove any dust before the staining process.

Step 2: Staining

Once the box was wiped down i began the staining process. I decided to use a water based interior stain with this project because of the fewer toxins in it. It also has a quicker drying time and is almost odorless!

Each can of stain comes with a set of instructions that you can follow, given that the style of my tackle box is vintage, i decided i wasn't going to be that strict with the application or drying time. Imperfection's were well sought after with this project.

I started with the lid and worked my way from the inside out. I used the finer paint brush to stain the corners and the smaller edges first. Once they were coated, i used my thicker paint brush to stain the rest of the box. Whilst the lid was soaking in its coat of stain, i went ahead and coated the inner of the bottom box. All up, i allowed 5 minutes of drying time on each piece before wiping off any excess stain with an old rag.

I allowed the stain to set for another 5 minutes before coating the boxes exterior, following the same process used on the inside.

How long you leave the stain and how many coats you apply determines the shade of color. I generally like my wooden goods to have a darker finish so after a half hour, i gave the box it's second coat.

Step 3: Aging Wood

After the second coat of stain had dried, i decided to give the box an aged rustic look.
There are many ways to give your wooden goods an aged look using vinegar, steel wool, blow torch, glue and many others depending on the look you are going for. Because i only wanted a very faint rustic look, i used the sanding down method. Using my handheld sander, i exposed a few spots at random. After doing so i may have also thrown the box at a brick wall, to graze up the surfaces. I believe it added more character. :P

I did this process after the staining because i didn't want the scratches and dents to get lost underneath the paint.

Step 4: Varnish

Applying a coat of clear varnish generally helps protect the wood from abrasions, dirt and color fades. It also makes it easier for scratch repairs and ultimately gives the piece a lustrous glow.

Due to my tackle box being exposed to sun and water in the near future, i decided to coat it with Feast Watson Spar Varnish which is a flexible marine grade timber varnish with high gloss, designed to withstand the rigors of sun, water and harsh outdoor treatment. It flexes to prevent cracking, is extremely durable and is water and UV resistant.

When the wood had absorbed the stain and was touch dry, i wiped it down with a damp cloth then proceeded to coat the box with varnish using my paint brush. After waiting 2-4 hours, i gave the box a light sand and applied the second coat.

Step 5: Brass Finishes

Once the varnish had dried, i went ahead and decorated the box with my brass finishes. This was easily the most exciting part for me because i got to see my design and the character of my project finally come together.

Step 6: Ta-Da

I'm done! I can now fill up my box with my favorite tackle supplies and go fishing! :D

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    5 weeks ago

    Very inspiring thank you : )


    5 years ago on Step 6

    The end product looks amazing! Good job.


    5 years ago

    Wow, that looks great!