Old Trunk

Various woodworking creations along with unique, custom painted, and handcrafted furniture.

As you can see from the before pictures, this trunk was in pretty sad condition.  It had been sitting in a horse barn for years filled with oats, but it belonged to my client’s grandfather and she didn’t want to get rid of it.

This was definitely one of the more challenging projects I’ve worked on.  As a matter of fact, several times over the course of working on it, my mom would just tell me to give up (I think her exact words were, Burn it…)  But my stubbornness kicked in, and I persevered. I actually ended up taking the entire trunk apart in order to clean it all out and sand it properly in order to make all the joints fit back together perfectly. You can see from some of the pictures that the joints were all filled with dust and cobwebs and parts of it had been chewed up by mice! The lid on the trunk originally only opened halfway with the back half nailed down, but I made it so the entire lid opens now.

Anyway, I’m very happy I stuck with it!  I think it turned out beautifully, and so did my client!

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