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    Posted 9 years ago

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    Just finished restoring this one. It is Cherry wood on the outside and is pretty big in size. I used cotton fabric on the inside and for the borders on the inside.

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    1. pops52 pops52, 9 years ago
      Beautiful job!
    2. Roycroftbooksfromme1, 9 years ago
      really, really ,nice ..you should be proud of yourself..........
    3. Trunker, 9 years ago
      Thank you Pops and Roy! Appreciate it!
    4. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 9 years ago
      Damned that's good! How long did that job take? I'm very impressed. Did you have rust stains in the wood? If so, how did you remove them? I've tried everything suggested.
    5. Trunker, 9 years ago
      Thank you Blunderbuss! It took me about 80 hours of labor to complete this trunk because of the detail and it being such a large trunk. I completely dissemble my trunks and press wood veneer onto the faces of the pine box. The slats are much easier to clean when you take them off and you can get most of the stains off of them. Diluted (10%) Oxalic acid can be helpful with stubborn stain also. It also depends on whether your slats are Ash or Oak. I have noticed stains in oak are more difficult to get out than Ash due to the porous nature of oak. Soap and water also does wonders if you keep at it and have a good brush. As far as the finish on the wood I use a combination of Mineral Spirits, Tung Oil, Ester Gum, Phenolic Resin and Linseed Oil. It dries fast, soaks in and builds up nicely. Pictures do not show how nice the finish is unfortunately. It is great for gun stocks also.
    6. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 9 years ago
      I've heard that oxalic acid was good but limited to what I can get here. Are you set up so well that you steam veneer for the curves? Yeah, ash is so dense & fine grained that it is hard for stains to penetrate. Right about oak. Oiled iron pieces have caused me trouble because of the combination of oil with oxidation but on old guns looks characteristic. When I 1st started making nice furniture, I used the old French polish sys. that took 12-15 coats over maybe 2-3 months & ruined when some chick puts a drink glass down on it. Justifiable homicide! A dutch furniture maker introduced me to carnauba wax. What a revelation & eliminated all that work & wait. He even told me how they used shoe polish(carnauba) in their diff. colours to blend light areas. Sure changed my approach to fine finishes! Listen & learn. Many years ago, I found that learning from my own mistakes is not a virtue. Keep in touch. We learn from each other.
    7. officialfuel officialfuel, 9 years ago
      Awesome job!!!

      Michael
    8. Trunker, 9 years ago
      Thank you Michael!
    9. Trunker, 9 years ago
      Blunderbuss,

      No I don't have to steam bend the Veneer. I buy it in thin, backed sheets that are only 1/42 of an inch thick. You could almost veneer a pencil, its that flexible. There are also veneer softeners on the market that help with flexibility. Yes it is much better to learn from others mistakes than your own!
    10. trunkman trunkman, 9 years ago
      I am amazed at such craftsmanship -- your attention to detail and ability is an inspiration! What a fabulous looking trunk!
    11. trunkingforfun, 9 years ago
      Thanks Trunker and B2. I copy and paste your advice into my personal trunking "How To" textbook.
    12. Trunker, 9 years ago
      Thank you trunkman that is very kind. I love restoring history! Especially American history.
    13. Trunker, 9 years ago
      Your welcome trunkingforfun. Feel free to contact me with any questions or suggestions. We all learn from each other!
    14. myoldkyhome myoldkyhome, 9 years ago
      Gorgeous! You did a beautiful job!
    15. Trunker, 9 years ago
      Thank you Old KY!

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