Late 1800s Trunk Restore

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Project by Ronnie Jackson posted 06-02-2009 10:51 PM 5249 views 7 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my first and very frustrating antique restore

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#1 posted 06-02-2009 11:02 PM

Great Job!! What type of wood?

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#2 posted 06-02-2009 11:09 PM

thanks alot. it was made of pine

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#3 posted 06-02-2009 11:27 PM

That is amazing, i would just get so frustrated that i would make a fire and invite the neighbors for a barbecue :D
(simplest solution :P)

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#4 posted 06-02-2009 11:57 PM

it came out very nice … now it should last for another hundred years

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#5 posted 06-03-2009 12:02 AM

Ron, Fantastic job. I have one in my basement that looks exactly like that one. (the before pictures). Do you have an idea when it was built?

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#6 posted 06-03-2009 12:12 AM

thanks for all the comments. Loucarb… im not exactly sure when it was built, through research i found one similar to it with the same decorative hardware and it was built around the 1870s. The lady i restored it for was gonna try to find out more about it and let me know but she never called me back about it

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#7 posted 06-03-2009 12:24 AM


Nice leather work, too!

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#8 posted 06-03-2009 12:50 AM

I am curious, what was frustrating about the job?

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#9 posted 06-03-2009 01:29 AM

Man! Hats off to you, sir! I’ve got two of my Great Grandmother’s trunks that have been starting to “crowd” me for the last week or so. Wouldn’t know where to begin. Did you disassemble completely? That sounds like an awful headache, keeping track of everything. I’m missing hinges on one and some of the locking hardware, the trays fell apart and got tossed about a half century ago, the outside cloth is stained but retains the original shipping stamps and stickers from pre-1920 travel from France- how the heck would I retain those? Ugh!! It makes my brain hurt!!
My thoughts are going towards building a sort of upside-down cradle to rest on top of the domed one, to make a level surface for a heavy sheet of glass. Voila! Instant coffee table! The flat topped one is actually in use containing all the family photographs.
Again, excellent job Ron on what, to me, is a more than daunting task!!

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#10 posted 06-03-2009 01:30 AM

just the whole process. this was one of those few jobs where everything goes wrong and doubles your work

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#11 posted 06-03-2009 03:03 AM

VERY nice job…is it for sale?...:-)...haha

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#12 posted 06-03-2009 03:38 AM

good job and hard work


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#13 posted 06-03-2009 04:26 AM

not for sale. hehe i done it for a customer. thanks

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#14 posted 06-03-2009 04:33 AM

I have 7 trunks and counting.I love the history and if thay could talk :)

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#15 posted 06-03-2009 07:25 AM

You did a nice job on the trunk. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

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