100 year old trunk

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Project by sparky52tx posted 07-05-2011 01:49 AM 4123 views 2 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This trunk has been in my family for about 100 years and had numerous layers of house paint on it.

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#1 posted 07-05-2011 02:03 AM

very cool

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#2 posted 07-05-2011 02:21 AM

Looks like you did it the way it ought to be done. Looks great.

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#3 posted 07-05-2011 03:01 AM

What a difference removing the paint has made! The paint was definately ugly, although it looks like it saved the piece from wear and tear. I wonder if you should allow it to acquire a nice patina to make it look old again? I say this because years ago I purchased an $8. rocker that is now over 100 yrs. old and didn’t like the dirty layered finish on it so I removed it and put a new, clean coat of polyurethane. Unknowingly, I had removed it’s antique value and although it’s not a priceless Chippendale, my refinishing job devalued it’s antiquity.

However, you have done the chest justice to reveal it’s true beauty. Enjoy!

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#4 posted 07-05-2011 05:10 AM

Very nice rehab.

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#5 posted 07-05-2011 05:20 AM

Beautiful. It is hard to believe that those two pictures are of the same trunk.

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#6 posted 07-05-2011 09:15 AM

Hey Sparky,
Great Resto….real cool result.

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#7 posted 07-05-2011 09:17 AM

very nice…..would have been a good few hours in stripping back all that paint!!

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#8 posted 07-05-2011 11:18 AM

Looks great! What did you use to remove the old pant?

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#9 posted 07-05-2011 02:19 PM

Hidden beauty discovered. How long did it take you to strip all that paint off ? You have much more paitence than I.

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#10 posted 07-05-2011 06:28 PM

WOW! How’d you get the paint off?

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#11 posted 07-05-2011 06:30 PM

Sparky, how’d you go about this wonderful transformation?

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#12 posted 07-06-2011 04:16 AM

As I began I found that the trunk was canvas covered so paint remover didn’t work except on the wooden straps. Much of the canvas had been torn off over the years. There were so many layers of house paint that I ended up disassembling the trunk one nail at a time, removing the canvas and recovering the trunk as I reassembled it. It was assembled with square brass nails that were rolled back into the wood in a J type of bend. It was hard to get them out without damaging the wood. I found that the nails were available from a trunk restorer and was able to buy more. I used an automotive hand-anvil to drive them back in(similar to a riveting bucking bar). I was able to get the curl back in the nails that way. Most of the hardware is still original.

I worked on this in the evenings and weekends for about 4 months. Probably about 120 man-hours.
As for value, this style of trunk has very little value in any condition. It is a family thing that will not be sold. It is more about keeping it to store family pictures and keepsakes in.

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#13 posted 07-06-2011 06:13 PM

If possible, I would really like to see more pictures of the finished product. You’ve done a fantastic job on this!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#14 posted 07-06-2011 06:20 PM

I love it even more now that I know more. I’m with Cozmo, I’d love to see more pics. You riveted new straps, I assume? What new canvas did you choose and how did you apply it? Did you have to hammer out some of the existing hardware? How did you treat the metal? I’m full of questions, as I’m very impressed.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#15 posted 07-06-2011 06:26 PM

Can I third the motion for more pics? My wife and I just started removing paint from what looks like the exact same model of trunk that has been in our family for years and years.

-- StevieP ~ Micheal Tompkins - you were not here on earth long but left a giant mark on us. RIP Brother

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