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    Posted 6 years ago

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    Small hat trunk it is 14 wide and 16 inches tall, I purchased this at a local flea market a few months ago. As you can see from the first picture it needed help, a hole had been drilled in the top, the top wasn't connected to the body of the trunk, a small piece of wood was missing near the hinge and the leather handles were gone. The original tray was missing, I made one from some old wood I had so it would have that aged look. I papered the inside of the lid and the tray cover. I've been inspired to improve my finish work by posts I've seen on CW. The finish work requires a lot of attention to detail which I don't normally have the patience for.

    I need to get some sort of closure for the lid on the tray, suggestions from fellow trunk lovers are welcomed. I like the metal ones but haven't found one and I'm not seeing reproductions on any of the trunk restoration webpages.

    I'm on to the next project. This was a fun one, I like working on hat trunks and doll trunks because improvements can be completed quickly.

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    1. trunkman trunkman, 6 years ago
      Really nice work KathyKay -- and you did such a nice job on the interior. I concur with you in regards to patience for the interior.... I just don't have any and have never done one -- and the bar is set pretty high by some contributors! (thanks for the added pressure now kathy,,, LOL)
    2. KathyKay, 6 years ago
      Thanks Trunkman. As you said the bar is set high, it gives us something to strive for. I've learned at lot from studying some of the completed trunks on CW but I could use some hands on training from the folks that turn out exceptional work. For now it is trial and error learning, each trunk is unique and I've learned a lot from each one.
    3. bjb5859 bjb5859, 6 years ago
      Yes I agree ,very nice job on the interior!
      Has far as the closure for the tray lid goes 'Its pretty simple
      I use a piece of 1/2 wide brass flat stock. I found an original one in a trunk and copied it. They are fairly common. The brass drills and bends pretty easy .
      If you look at my last posting of the flat top,you will see the one I made on the right bottom tray. After pre drilling and bending it into shape and rounding the edges. Its now ready to nail on the tray lid. You will need to drill a larger hole in the bottom part of the brass, and a round head nail in the bottom part of the tray for it to snap over. If you don't prefer brass the same thing can be done with a section of stainless steel from a pipe clamp.
      Hope this helps
    4. KathyKay, 6 years ago
      bjb5859 - Thanks for the information I will get some brass and/or stainless steel this weekend and give it a try.
    5. Drill Drill, 6 years ago
      Fantastic job KathyKay such a nice size trunk to bring back. Your work is really good. I love the job you did on the interior. they are tons of time,but well worth it.
    6. KathyKay, 6 years ago
      Thanks Drill, this one was fun to work on.

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