1950s Cass Toy Co Pirate Chest Restoration

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Project by JenTWG posted 03-01-2015 06:34 PM 1541 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This 1950-60s Pirate Chest made by Cass Toy Co is my father’s. His parents gave it to him as a birthday gift when he was young and it has been through hell and back. He asked if I could restore the chest so he could use it to display and store some of his record collection. He wanted to keep as much of the charm the small dings and scratches show but somehow fix the huge cut his older brother had made in the top with a saw, restore the finish that was water damaged and flaking, along with restore the images on the chest.

I spent a lot of time researching and doing my homework for the best way to keep the character of this toy box, but bring it back to life as a show piece he could display in his house.

I immediately came here to the Lumber Jocks forums to ask for help. You guys were amazing!!! Not only did you all help me determine a way to replicate the images perfectly, but you helped me get the best thank you I have ever received. My dad was blown away by how amazing it looks now. He said it looks just like it did when he got it for his birthday, but that he can still see little signs of the history/stories it’s been through with him.

I have one last step to finish, a small trim piece on the top was missing and I’m molding the nail caps now to match the ones on the other trim. As soon as those are dry, they’ll be painted and the other two pieces of trim attached back to the top.

Thank you again group, for all your help!!!

-- Learning everyday

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#1 posted 03-01-2015 07:15 PM

great work, I would love to see a blog on reproducing the images! turned out very well.

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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#2 posted 03-01-2015 07:45 PM

Jim65 I am working on putting one together, I made sure to document each step as I went. I want to be able to remember how I did it myself, haha getting older sucks.

I will post here when I have one done.

-- Learning everyday

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#3 posted 03-02-2015 10:50 PM

How cool!I like the theme very much.You made a good work with restoration.

-- Personality and character of a man is like wood,must polish it to shine...

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#4 posted 03-02-2015 11:09 PM

Thank you very much Bud_3.

-- Learning everyday

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