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Posted 6 years ago


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This civil war era trunk came out pretty nice. The original leather was pretty tattered so I took it off. It leaves the wood underneath a beautiful reddish hue. Kitty has been bugging me all day to show her trunk, so here it is...


  1. kaiserlives kaiserlives, 6 years ago
    Is this the trunk you wanted me to look at ? Very nice ...What did you do to the wood ?
  2. trunkman trunkman, 6 years ago
    The wood has this nice reddish hue because it was originally covered in leather. So I actually did little to the wood other than clean off the glue with water and a scraper, a little sanding and then a coat of tung oil. However I was not pleased with the tung oil treatment -- with pine it absorbs too much and leaves little protection or sheen. I will coat this with polyurethane satin finish for a better protective coating. Others may disagree, but I have been satisfied with this approach. You can see however, how nice they look refinished. By the way -- your trunk is definitely from the date on the cover. I would somehow try to preserve that patent date on your paper covering -- perhaps gently removing it and pasting on the inside lid as a label. thanks for looking - hope this helps.
  3. trunkman trunkman, 4 years ago
    Thank you collector4evr, Longings, kaiserlives, officialfuel, cwork, vanskyock24 for the love.

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