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    Posted 11 years ago

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    I had commented earlier today about French made trunks. Here is one that I have refinished. It was originally covered with a tattered brown drab canvas (last photo). This was one of those trunks that benefited from a makeover. The brass fittings and slat ends along with the rivets really make this pop. This was made circa 1910. J'aime beaucoup ce coffre.

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    1. trunkman trunkman, 11 years ago
      Thanks bell, scandinavian, officalfuel, kingboat and lundy. Love the love....
    2. mikielikesigns2 mikielikesigns2, 10 years ago
      anouther beauty. Do you have an old car trunk? WHAT AM I SAYING?? I KNOW YOU DO!! Do you know them by shape or mfg.?
    3. trunkman trunkman, 10 years ago
      Alas Mikie sadly enough I do not have an old car :(. I have an old garage that is waiting for one -- so I remain optimistic. When you ask about shape or mfg are you referring to trunks or cars?
    4. mikielikesigns2 mikielikesigns2, 10 years ago
      I was refering to the fact that (a few ) antique car's had "trunks" where the trunk would be. Im not even sure what make's or model's these where made to go on.
    5. trunkman trunkman, 10 years ago
      That is one area of trunks I know little about. There must have been a few makes and models that had detachable trunks but I have no clue which ones.
    6. Boutchky, 10 years ago
      Very nice, you did a great job. I guess my trunk would look great refurnished. I wish I had the know how. :)
    7. trunkman trunkman, 10 years ago
      Thanks Boutchky -- it is not a difficult thing to do to take off old canvas from a trunk -- an exacto knife along the seams, a damp or wet cloth to wet the canvas, a scraper to take off the residual glue, and viola! There are lots of pointers on the "net" that give more detail step by step descriptions. Good luck!
    8. trunkman trunkman, 10 years ago
      That's "Freedom Fries" fyi....
      And I did say good luck...
    9. Boutchky, 10 years ago
      Thanks I might try it. I noticed on the top of the trunk the wood under the damaged canvas is as well damaged. What would you do there?
    10. trunkman trunkman, 10 years ago
      Kinda depends on the extent of the damage. If it is just water damage then I would use a dark stain on the trunk to hide it. If the wood is actually broken I would attempt repair with wood glue and clamps and then sand over it, but then that is getting into some of the more complicated aspect of it all. Generally if all the pieces are there they can be fixed. If it is cracked a bit sometimes I just leave it -- comes with being 100 yrs. old. The joy of finding a trunk on the curb is that you have nothing into it so you can experiment and make it what you want it to be. I take things as far as I can and am quite fine with imperfections. I do not think I have fixed a single hinge or replaced a single strap -- just don't care to -- I do this for fun and pleasure, not grief over workmanship. They always come out nicer then when I started. As an example I could not get this latch on this trunk to shine up as it should, and the time and effort to do so was not worth it to me. Have fun with it...
    11. Boutchky, 10 years ago
      Cool thanks. The damage unfortunately is not water damage. I'll try as you said I have nothing to loose. Thanks
    12. trunkman trunkman, 8 years ago
      I found a before picture of this one....

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