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    Posted 7 years ago

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    Happy to have come across this nice old document box. As you can see in picture 2 -- it was in rough shape. Now the seller really wanted me to try to keep the old leather -- and I thought as a piece of its history I would give it a try. All of the old leather was stripped off -- rehydrated -- glued back on and the rest of the body has had one coat of tung oil so far. It still looks a bit rough but I love this look -- still looks genuinely old... awesome!

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    1. Drill Drill, 7 years ago
      Neat T-man I too like that tattered look on this one.
    2. Manikin Manikin, 7 years ago
      very nice !!!
    3. kyratango kyratango, 7 years ago
      Woah! Good job as ususal!!!
      You could settle as an esthetic surgeon ;-)
      But... not sure if people who would get their skin striped off, rehydrated, then glue on would appreciate to " still look genuinely old..." LOL
    4. kyratango kyratango, 7 years ago
      OOps, read usual, not ususal!
    5. jscott0363 jscott0363, 7 years ago
      Nice one T-Man!! I love these old document boxes. The hide coverings are usually either missing or irrecoverable. I love the way you were able to save the remaining hide on this box. It look great. Wonderful job as usual!!
    6. trunkman trunkman, 7 years ago
      Kyratango -- but how could I ever give up my work as a stripper? Thanks for the great humour and smiles....
      Thanks jscott for the kind comment.... I really am not so good at detailing so working with things that look good in an "imperfect state" is my calling.
      Thanks drill -- I am glad you like the look of it...
      Manikin... well... you are so nice... glad you like it!
    7. kyratango kyratango, 7 years ago
      Ha ha good memory! You can attract cougars as a stripper, then propose your esthetic method ;-D
    8. Trey Trey, 7 years ago
      Wow big difference:) great job.
    9. trunkman trunkman, 7 years ago
      Hey -- thanks Trey....
    10. trunkman trunkman, 7 years ago
      kyratango -- Joan Rivers where are you when I need you???
    11. kyratango kyratango, 7 years ago
      Oh la la! She had enough skin removed to cover a whole trunk... (RIP)
    12. SEAN68 SEAN68, 7 years ago
      job well done and very beautiful!!!
    13. trunkman trunkman, 7 years ago
      Thanks Sean -- always appreciate your comments...
    14. SEAN68 SEAN68, 7 years ago
      Your very welcome Trunkman!!!
    15. gundy03130 gundy03130, 7 years ago
      this looks awesome!
    16. trunkman trunkman, 7 years ago
      Thanks so much gundy....
    17. Jewels Jewels, 7 years ago
      Love it!
    18. trunkman trunkman, 7 years ago
      Thanks Jewels.... appreciate the love...
    19. trunkingforfun, 7 years ago
      Hello Trunkman! How exactly does one rehydrate leather? Thanks.
    20. trunkman trunkman, 7 years ago
      Trunkingforfun... well i do not know if anyone would recommend how I did it for this piece... the leather was so brittle I first applied a lot of mink oil. Did not seem to work so well so I took a drastic measure -- once I had all the leather off I soaked it all in water for a hour. It seemed to help and moistened it up enough to be able to reapply it on the box base. Again the leather was so far gone that that I took a chance and it did not seem to hurt it.
    21. JonB, 7 years ago

      I am going to try your method on a JL I just picked up. Thanks for the tip.

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