I have a one-man handyman service, and a customer of mine just gave me an old cedar blanket chest (trunk?). It’s about 50 years old, and the lady just didn’t want it in her house anymore. So, I brought it home. She told me that it was cedar-lined, but I discovered that it’s actually solid 3/4” cedar. Made by Lane.
It’s not very attractive as is, but I’m thinking about what I can do with it. I could just give it way, or I could break it apart and make something else, or I could refinish it. Now that I’ve discovered that it’s solid cedar, I’m leaning towards refinishing it.
I can run the lid across my tablesaw to remove the French whatever curvy edge, and remove the drawer handles and the rest of the trim, including the legs and the French whatever curvy apron. That’ll leave me with a box (41” x 17” x 14” deep). That cream color with gold trim doesn’t do much for me, so I’d probably use CitrusStrip to remove that.
Then … what?
I’m looking for suggestions.
Don’t worry about all that crap in the foyer; my wife’s out of town for a week.
-- Michael T, Pittsburgh, PA