Omas recipe box refinished...

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Project by dbhost posted 12-07-2011 01:02 AM 2017 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my late grandmother’s recipe box. My Dad made it in 1965, and I inherited it when I was in college. It has seen better days where the original hammer on hinges my dad used failed, and the original finish was just dead. So apart it came, a quick installation of some basic Schlage hinges with abbreviated screws courtesy of my bench grinder. I stripped the original finish with the mere pass of some 200 grit sandpaper… Sanded it down to 400 grit then applied 2 coats of Minwax Golden Pecan stain, and 2 coats of Minwax wipe on poly…

I kept a few imperfections, one was a small burn in the lid that I caused when I was a kid, and the other is a small bit of tearout / chip in the front left corner from where my Grandma dropped the box…

I am beyond happy to have brought life back to a piece of my family history. God willing we can pass this down to our grandchildren…

-- My workshop blog can be found at, YouTube Channel

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#1 posted 12-07-2011 01:04 AM

That’s a fine thing you did restoring that box, great story.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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will delaney

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#2 posted 12-07-2011 02:13 AM

Things made with love always prevail. The life in that box was always there you just made it more visible to the eye. Very nice.

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#3 posted 12-07-2011 06:05 AM

Great remake…. I like the the curve where top meets box..unique : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#4 posted 12-07-2011 10:12 AM

A worthwhile project, good on you for preserving some family history!

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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#5 posted 12-07-2011 04:42 PM

Great restore I’m sure you dad and grandmother love it.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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Jim Bertelson

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#6 posted 12-09-2011 05:36 PM

Is there any information written on that box, meaning who made it and when? Word of mouth is not always successful in keeping alive the history for an item. A laminated business size card attached somewhere on the inside of the lid might work. It might make the difference in helping it survive a couple of generations. I am sure there are items in my family that would still be around, if people knew their history.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#7 posted 12-09-2011 07:23 PM

That is a good idea… I might actually write it in pencil, and then wood burn it on the bottom of the box in some nice font. I need to work on my woodburning skills though, They are mostly non existent…

-- My workshop blog can be found at, YouTube Channel

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