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    Lightbulb Trunk

    I have come into possession of a large(?) trunk with a curved top.

    With IIRC dimensions +/- 3'0" x 1'4" x 2'6".

    Timber panels, metal and timber bands,

    It appears to be in poor condition.

    Will have to take and post a pic.

    Would like to restore it.

    Anyone here restored a wood trunk?
    Enjoy a good rum on the rocks at sunset.

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    Yes. Fussy bastid of a project. It will challenge your patience. But they can be lovely when done. I gave mine (a flat-top) to my sister, who uses it as a coffee table (I put a plate glass top on it, cushioned by rubber grommets).
    Hope for the best, but plan for the worst.

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    I believe you will find trunk Restoration Hardware on Van Dyke's dot com they have all kinds of great stuff.
    Edit here is

    https://www.vandykes.com/?gclid=CjwKCAjw7MzkBRAGEiwAkOXexJmGhSNT4pOJ0S1r90r e_QgtAE_DuHTb8ZkwGR_2KavxXNdgNhBQ9BoCV_cQAvD_BwE
    Denise, Bristol PA, Oday30, Anchor Yacht Club, On tidal Delaware River. my current project; http://forum.woodenboat.com/showthre...0-Ducker-Resto

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    I restored and used my grandmother's steamer trunk. Big. Stood on end. When opened the left side was a hanging closet and the right a chest of drawers. Lots of leather on the edges and brass bulbs on the corners.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian McColgin View Post
    I restored and used my grandmother's steamer trunk. Big. Stood on end. When opened the left side was a hanging closet and the right a chest of drawers. Lots of leather on the edges and brass bulbs on the corners.
    That sounds a lot like this one,which I saw in the museum at Le Mans a couple of weeks ago.The original owner was Ettore Bugatti.

    Ettore Bugatti's trunk.jpg

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    My sister also has a steamer trunk similar to that, John. Certainly not in as good condition, though.
    Hope for the best, but plan for the worst.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Meachen View Post
    That sounds a lot like this one,which I saw in the museum at Le Mans a couple of weeks ago.The original owner was Ettore Bugatti.
    WOW !

    Regretfully my 'trunk' is at the bottom end of the scale compared to that. LOL
    Enjoy a good rum on the rocks at sunset.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Meachen View Post
    That sounds a lot like this one,which I saw in the museum at Le Mans a couple of weeks ago.The original owner was Ettore Bugatti.

    Ettore Bugatti's trunk.jpg
    And here it, or a similar one, is in use, with Ettore:

    type 18.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rum_Pirate View Post
    WOW !

    Regretfully my 'trunk' is at the bottom end of the scale compared to that. LOL
    Yes, but, is there any junk in the trunk???
    Simpler is better, except when complicated looks really cool.

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    "Many a time freedom has been rolled back - and always for the same sorry reason: fear." - Molly Ivins

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rum_Pirate View Post
    Anyone here restored a wood trunk?
    I did years ago. I think it is either called arch top or camel top? I decided to paint it (I know, sacrilege) and then I lined the interior with fabric and felt. I still use it, although I don't open it often.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    Yes, but, is there any junk in the trunk???
    Yes a bunch(?) of old tools which I will take before and after pics
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    Enjoy a good rum on the rocks at sunset.

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    Perhaps I should dismantle with the intent to repair/restore and if it goes 'pear shaped' then use the timbers as templates.

    What would you suggest:

    1. try and restore?

    2. Using timbers and metal as templates:

    - what replacement metal banding/straps?

    - what replacement timber for a 'new' trunk" ?

    - what replacement 'paper' liner for a 'new' trunk"

    Suggestions on the whole issue please.
    Enjoy a good rum on the rocks at sunset.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    Yes, but, is there any junk in the trunk???

    Chest 1.jpg
    Some:

    Chest 2.jpg Chest 6.jpg Chest 3.jpg Chest 8.jpg

    Die set, socket set both complete, a nice set square, several nail etc holders a plug spanner, two timber rules with built-in levels plus
    Enjoy a good rum on the rocks at sunset.

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    One of these (see separate What is it thread)

    Chest 4.jpg
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    Enjoy a good rum on the rocks at sunset.

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    Some other minor things:

    Chest 9.jpg
    Last edited by Rum_Pirate; 03-25-2019 at 10:20 AM.
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