Time to take it apart for aging and finishing. Brasses are staying as they are, but the zinc-coated screws go into vinegar, my first experiment with that process. Going in:
And returning from a two day dip:
The box itself needed color in the meantime. Original boxes were darkly stained hardwood (No. 888) or black walnut (No. 801). Well, already missed to walnut boat (oak and pine for me), so dark stain it is. Did some shopping in the Minwax aisle of the local hardware store and decided on English Chestnut. Thought briefly about taping off the interior from the stain because a lighter interior means better visibility for the tools inside. Then decided not to. Two coats of stain applied and allowed to thoroughly dry.
Then a coat of 3-2-1 wiping mix. After the first coat, though, added a bit of bling; I took a picture of the SW badge on my No. 888, printed it in color, and placed the cut-out ‘badge’ on the lid of the once-poly’d box.
I think it’s a nice enough addition. An admission it’s not original, but a copy. And to me it looks good.
Here’s the result, all screws in place, lids done, etc. etc.
And next to the No. 888:
The tool box holds a couple of Stanley bench planes (S5 and S4), along with a few other things. I’m thinking of outfitting it with a set of tools for my oldest son, who will be moving into his first non-college apartment later this year. A fun build, thanks for looking!
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