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18th_Century_flat-top_leather_covered_trunk.JPG18th Century leather covered flat-top trunk292 viewsThe trunk is 24 inches wide, 12 inches deep, and 13 inches tall. The trunk body is 5/8 inch poplar was was made by Ralph the Boxman. I removed the original wooden handles on the ends and the lid. It is covered in 2 - 3 ounce black leather with 3-4 ounce leather dyed oxblood for the scalloped dust skirt.Sgt42RHR
Leather_covered,_lined_with_linen_-_Strap_is_temporary.JPGLeather covered trunk lined with linen188 viewsThe trunk is lined with a medium weight purple 100% linen. The lining laps over the edges of the trunk and lid, and those raw edges are then covered by leather. Sgt42RHR
Trunk_with_half-tray_in_place.JPGTrunk with half-tray in place200 viewsThe box originally came with a half-tray. The poplar wood is stained and a spare piece of leather is glued into the bottom. The white tape is temporary and will be replaced by a strap made from the purple linen.Sgt42RHR
Trunk_Label_with_apologies_to_Samuel_Forsaith.JPGTrunk label with apologies to Samuel Forsaith218 viewsThe trunk label is a 1770 trade card held in the British Museum, and one of two trunkmaker's trade cards in Heald's book on 18th century trade cards. A bit of cut and paste, copy, soak in tea a minute or so, and Samuel Forsaith is replaced by Johnston & Davidson. Cool text and great engraving of Industry and Indolence at the top.Sgt42RHR
Trunk_lock_and_key.JPGTrunk lock and key144 viewsThe only woodworking of significance in this project was to cut the cavity for the lock mechanism. The poplar walls are 5/8 inch thick and 1/2 inch had to be removed. Sharp chisel to get started and then a Stanley router plane all the way. The corner nails are bent over on the inside with their tips buried.Sgt42RHR
Nails_and_pins_for_handles_-_inside_view.JPGNails and pins for handles inside view141 viewsI added two nails as most originals have nails as well as the cotter pin-like attachements for the handles. I bent the tips over and then bent the nails and pins at 90 degrees and hammered in the ends. While it looks funky (IMHO), the surface is smooth with nothing to snag clothing on.Sgt42RHR
Thinchamfered_oak_skids_to_protect_the_leather_on_the_bottom.JPGThin chamfered oak skids to protect the leather on the bottom154 viewsYou can see the waves from the scrub plane on the bottom. The oak skids are about 3/8 inch thick and are affixed over the leather (which is already tacked down) with glue and nails.Sgt42RHR
Old_Leather_Tool--It_works!.JPGUsing a leather scallop stamp195 viewsThe 18th century trunk that I am making has a scalloped 3 - 4 oz. leather dust skirt around the trunk lid. I got this 7/8" scallop stamp from Tony Seo just for this purpose. It worked like a charm!Sgt42RHR
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