Posted 6 months ago
Hey everyone, just completed the out side of this oak slat MM for a good friend of mine who I met on line here at the CW, Damon Swenson, he goes by the name BigD338 on the CW. Back around late July early August he saw this trunk on line and ask me what I thought, from the pictures it looked good, I gave him the thumbs up, when he got the trunk it was a piece of crap, big holes in the metal on the top, wood slats were severely cracked and in real bad shape, the bottom of the trunk was patched with pieces of crappy wood, obviously we knew it was painted and a very good job they did to hide and disguise it to look better than it was, needless to say Damon was a bit heart broken, I felt pretty bad myself after given him the thumbs up, we talked about it for a while, I told him that if he sent it to me I would fix it, so he did. WOW! what a mess, I rolled up my sleeves and got to work, I removed all hardware wood slats and the dust band, stripped off two coats of really thick paint, orange and gray, cleaned all the wood, repaired and replaced metal where needed, sanded, re-stained the dark slats, replaced the old broken wood slats with new ones, made metal end caps for the slats, replaced the missing or broken wheels and made new leather handles, and yes I replaced the generic hardware with the MM hardware that Damon had bought and wanted me to put on the trunk, along with a very nice brass lock that he bought from Jim Cardoza at HMS antique trunks. I worked very hard on this trunk for Damon and I think it shows, the second picture shows the trunk before, I already removed the hardware and slats, sorry but you get the picture, I will be starting the interior within the week, hope you like it, I know Damon does, Brian. P.S. everyone make sure when you buy on line to ask questions about the trunk, such as, are there any broken or missing parts, is there any rusted out metal, if the pictures aren't that good ask for better ones before you buy, Brian.