Late 1800s Trunk Restore

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Project by Ronnie Jackson posted 1912 days ago 3173 views 7 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my first and very frustrating antique restore


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#1 posted 1912 days ago

Great Job!! What type of wood?

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#2 posted 1912 days ago

thanks alot. it was made of pine


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#3 posted 1912 days ago

That is amazing, i would just get so frustrated that i would make a fire and invite the neighbors for a barbecue :D
(simplest solution :P)

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#4 posted 1912 days ago

it came out very nice … now it should last for another hundred years

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#5 posted 1912 days ago

Ron, Fantastic job. I have one in my basement that looks exactly like that one. (the before pictures). Do you have an idea when it was built?

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#6 posted 1912 days ago

thanks for all the comments. Loucarb… im not exactly sure when it was built, through research i found one similar to it with the same decorative hardware and it was built around the 1870s. The lady i restored it for was gonna try to find out more about it and let me know but she never called me back about it


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#7 posted 1912 days ago


Nice leather work, too!

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#8 posted 1912 days ago

I am curious, what was frustrating about the job?

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#9 posted 1912 days ago

Man! Hats off to you, sir! I’ve got two of my Great Grandmother’s trunks that have been starting to “crowd” me for the last week or so. Wouldn’t know where to begin. Did you disassemble completely? That sounds like an awful headache, keeping track of everything. I’m missing hinges on one and some of the locking hardware, the trays fell apart and got tossed about a half century ago, the outside cloth is stained but retains the original shipping stamps and stickers from pre-1920 travel from France- how the heck would I retain those? Ugh!! It makes my brain hurt!!
My thoughts are going towards building a sort of upside-down cradle to rest on top of the domed one, to make a level surface for a heavy sheet of glass. Voila! Instant coffee table! The flat topped one is actually in use containing all the family photographs.
Again, excellent job Ron on what, to me, is a more than daunting task!!

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#10 posted 1912 days ago

just the whole process. this was one of those few jobs where everything goes wrong and doubles your work


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#11 posted 1912 days ago

VERY nice job…is it for sale?...:-)...haha

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#12 posted 1912 days ago

good job and hard work

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#13 posted 1912 days ago

not for sale. hehe i done it for a customer. thanks


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#14 posted 1912 days ago

I have 7 trunks and counting.I love the history and if thay could talk :)

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#15 posted 1912 days ago

You did a nice job on the trunk. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

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