Posted 2 months ago
This wooden box was built by my grandfather for his tools, probably in the 1950s but maybe before. It eventually was given to my dad; it stayed in his tool shed until I found it in 2015. (So it’s about 65+ years old.)
From being on the bottom shelf of the work bench, it was black with oil, gritty with sawdust and metal filings, dust, dirt and had splashes of paint.
Bring like I am, I saw potential in this nasty old box that everyone else had passed up when they were invited to come and take what they wanted from the shed after my dad passed away.
I pressure washed it inside and out, then gave it a few coats of paste wax.
A local welder built the iron stand for it and formed the swirls and “stems” for the metal leaves and blue glass tulips I wanted to use to “gussy it up” (I hope that’s still in people’s vocabulary).
Even being heavy wood and iron, I still wanted it to have a “girly” look to fit my taste in decor.
It’s now a living room table and repository for all kinds of small old stuff- bottles, tools, keys, etc.
It’s a reminder of my father and grandfather who were so good at making do with what they had.
Grandaddy probably didn’t have screws so he put it together with nails and bent the tips over so they can’t come out…..that technique has held it just fine all these years; it’s solid and as sturdy as can be.
The box measures 34.5” long, 11” wide and 9” tall.
With the stand, it measures 25” tall to make it just right to be a side table next to my sofa.
I hope you enjoy! Comments welcome.