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Forum topic by HazyDavy posted 05-28-2015 03:06 AM 719 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-28-2015 03:06 AM

Hi. Does anyone have any ideas of how to use/display this?

It’s the top of an old U.S. Army footlocker from the Second World War. You can tell how my grandfather (obviously right-handed) cut it out with a saber saw—see those wide corners at the bottom?

I’m hoping that that white adhesive residue, obviously from a paper label, can be removed somehow.

I’d like to say that the hole in “Wallace” is from a Japanese bullet, but somehow I doubt it.

Ideas welcome.

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#1 posted 05-28-2015 04:35 PM

If all you want is to display it, I say just hang it up as it. Anything you make to display it in will distract from the object itself, and being an odd shape, it doesn’t lend itself to many display options, a shadow box would probably be the simplest way, if you had to make something to hold it.

Putting this into a larger piece would be an interesting challenge, you could create a desk, or table, with a recess for this piece then put glass over that to protect and display it. You could build a toolchest and install this in the top panel, you may have to cut it to more uniform dimensions first though. It’s a neat piece! Try nail polish remover to get that sticky stuff up (test it first to make sure it doesn’t disturb the paint, which it might.) If nail polish remover is a failure try some Goof Off, see if that is gentler.

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#2 posted 05-29-2015 03:55 AM

I wonder if you could fit an army thing into the lid of an Anarchist’s Toolchest, or if that would cause some sort of existential meltdown.

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