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Project by OSU55 posted 196 days ago 766 views 5 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife had inherited this sewing box years ago from my grandmother. It was beginning to fall apart so she didn’t want to use it anymore, afraid it would break. Being a family heirloom she wanted me to see if I could fix it up.

I stripped it with various chemical strippers and scotchbrite, and did some joint repair work. It’s stained with Target Coatings WR4000 Cordovan, sealed with a coat of Zinsser Sealcoat shellac – sprayed, and topcoated with Target Coatings EM6000 Laquer – sprayed. I picked up the knobs, screws and washers at a BBS.

I did this 4 years ago and she’s still using it, so at least structurally I was able to save it.





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KelvinGrove

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#1 posted 196 days ago

My wife needs one! Could I trouble you for the deminisions?

-- Tim P. Calhoun GA. I can do three kinds of work....good, fast, and cheap. Pick two.

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Schwieb

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#2 posted 194 days ago

Wow this brings back memories. Way back in about 1954 -55, my Dad had a small woodworking business and somehow got a contract with a company to build a bunch of these for Montgomery Wards. It was his first production work. He made hundreds of them. I wonder how many have survived.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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majuvla

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#3 posted 194 days ago

It’s on my wife’s wish list. Good luck woman.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Fishinbo

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#4 posted 191 days ago

Great job! It looks like new. I’m sure it will last another lifetime. Lucky wife!

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TNwoodchuck

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#5 posted 190 days ago

Great rehab on a wonderful old piece. I have scoured the net for plans for such a piece for my wife. It would make a really nice present for our 50th anniversary this year. She’s an accomplished quilter of many decades and would appreciate such a great piece from her favorite wood butcher.

If there’s any way you could provide at least some key dimensions it might save me a bunch of trial and error, since my degree was in electronics, not mechanical like yours!

In any case, thanks for sharing what you have done. Your router table would also make her drool – really nice work.

-- Chuck near Nashville - “All you are unable to give possesses you” (Andre Gide)

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OSU55

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#6 posted 189 days ago

I will try to get some dimensions this weekend.

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