Refinish old trunks

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Looking for a Brave Soul?  Laura Balliet is One!!
Refinished antique trunk
We often pass up these old metal covered trunks that have been painted.  For some odd reason we just don't get much of a kick out of using paint stripper.
Laura Balliet braced herself and went for it.  Nice work!  An unsolicited quote is always nice at a time like this:

Thank you for the awesome supplies and advice from Brettuns Village to get me through this project.
It's my first attempt at giving new life to these trunks. I picked this trunk up for $10 and since it was in pretty rough shape, I figured I should try and tackle it as my first. That way, if I messed up,
I knew I couldn't make it worse than the condition I purchased it.  The tray I built new because, although included, the original didn't seem repairable. Because the canvas was pretty
much intact, I chose to strip the old blue and brown paint and repaint it with a couple coats of white.  The leather, lock, hinges, feet,  and clinch nails all came courtesy of your site. All in all, I spent
about 40-60 hours on it with time dedicated here and there since last October.  I'm looking forward to getting better at this with each "new" trunk I can find around town. This one definitely had a lot of lessons learned.
Thanks!   Laura

Get a Load of What Ray Lang Did!
How to remove paint from an old trunk

Angelo Arcoleo is Open for Business!
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Fine work that has been performed by someone who obviously takes great care to do impressive work.
Angelo is thinking about selling some of his masterpieces, so you may want to drop him an e-mail if you're in the market for a trunk!
[email protected]

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I purchased all my parts through you.  I started with bare bones and created a pirate chest almost 400 copper nails.
This is my first attempt at a chest and I will be a faithful customer for years to come.
I obeyed the rules... No screws!.
Benjamin Heiser

John Cunningham Took a Painted Trunk and Brought it Back to Life!
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Here's another from John Cunningham:
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Gentlemen:  Here are a couple of pictures of my trunk.  I did use a wire brush on a drill for a couple of hours.  This trunk was in very bad shape and I did the best that I could to restore it.  Thanks for your help and the parts.  Linda Hursh

Joyce Coss Works Miracles!
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Hi:   Brettuns Village
I know when we place orders, I always tell  you I will e mail a photo of  a�before� and �after� of one of the trunks we refurbish.
Well, I am sending one for you now (hopefully, it will go through). We would like your opinion on the finished product.
Will be calling soon with order.  Thanks again,
Randy and Joyce Coss
213 Pine St
Waynesburg PA 15370

Here's David Stacy's Project:
Refinished antique trunk
I wanted to thank you very much for the very entertaining guidance you provided online concerning restoration of old trunks.
I thoroughly enjoyed it and felt it was 100% helpful.  The parts I ordered were also top notch, especially the leather.
My wife is definitely thankful as the trunk belonged to her long dead Uncle.  I thought you might like to see  before and after photos of an amateur attempt.
David Stacy

Jerry Landsman Can Work for us Anytime!
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Jerry runs Boonsboro Trunks in Boonsboro, Maryland.  Exellent work, in our opinion!
Contact Jerry by e-mail here.

Carl Freeman Gave His Trunk a Makeover!
Refinished antique flat topped trunk
Churchill, These are some pictures of the trunk I restored for my Grand Daughter. I bought all the parts to restore it from you.
The Grand Daughter was brought to tears with joy, she really loved it; was a moment for me to cherish for the rest of my life.
Carl Freeman

Here's a Before/After Pic from Adam
Refinished antique cabin trunk
$20 steamer trunk I found on Craigslist. Lots of scrubbing and finished in tung oil. All new leather from BrettunsVillage.Com
A couple more from Adam:
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From Sarah Ludwig:
Refinished antique trunk
Hi Brettuns Village!
I just wanted to say thank you for all the help you've given me over the past six months either through your website or in e-mails.
I've really appreciated it and it definitely helped. Here are a few pictures of my finished trunk, Tung Oil finish and all!
Sarah Ludwig

Val Jensen Does Nice Work!
Refinished antique trunk
I am sending along before and after photos of my trunk.  Genealogy research shows it likely came from
Minnnesota to Oklahoma, then to Kansas between 1878 and 1890.  My great-grandmother, grandmother, and mother
all stored family photographs in it.  I guess I may as well carry on the tradition now that it looks a little better.
I spray painted the embossed tin base coat then repainted the flowers by hand with an artist's brush.
I decided to let the bright brass develop it's own patina with time rather than paint it.
Val Jansen
Wichita, KS

From Sally Weeks
Lots of restored trunks
While you've been sitting around thinking about maybe trying to work on that trunk that's out in the garage, Sally Weeks has been BUSY!
Here are three of her trunks, in their original form on the left, refinished on the right.  Nice work, Sally!  Here's her note:
It was hard work but, I enjoyed doing it.  The end results were well worth it.  The pink trunk belonged to my
grandmother and had a date of 1880 on it .  My mother had "antiqued" it 2 times.  The first time, it was red!
It had about 4 different coats of paint on it.  Who knew it would turn out to be so pretty underneath all that ugly paint.
The lock on it is beautiful. I did it for my mother who is 83 and I told her when I gave it to her that I wanted to be sure I got it back one day!
Thanks again for you wonderful web site.  I learned everything from ya'll.....I couldn't have done it without you and your great guidance.
Also, great parts department too!
Sally Weeks

Chuck's Woodbarn
Custom built trunks that you've got to see to believe
hand made hardwood trunks
Chuck�s Woodbarn is owned and operated by Charlie and Sherry Zeller.  Specializing in the lost art of steam bending wood to create beautiful hand crafted  trunks and wood chests.  A true family heirloom.  A unique work of art, no two alike.  Emphasis is put on fine craftsmanship and quality construction.  We personally design and construct everything from the beginning jigs to finalizing with finishing the interiors.
Visit Chuck's Woodbarn by Clicking Here

Robert Tyler's Work!
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 Hi Churchill:  As promised, here is the trunk I just refinished. This is my first try.  Thank you for all the trunk parts.

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  Here is my 2nd trunk. It was in a friend's basement went she bought her home over forty
  years ago. The old trunk had a metal exterior. Thank you for your trunk supplies.  All the best,
Robert Tyler, in California

Look What Stan Gardner Did!
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(on the left) My first trunk project, someone had painted it all red at one time.  I had to replace a board in the top and I also replaced all the slats and connectors,
found a working key and lined the entire inside.  I used brown shoe polish to stain the new slats.
It reeked of mold  before I started.  Now I have four more to do, to give to my granddaughters.
On the Right:  My latest project. It took lots of time to paint the embossed metal, but well worth it.  It is the original color,
as I discovered when removing the old handles.  Built a new tray and lined it all with cedar. Hopefully the oldest grandaughter will have it for many years.
Thanks for the the help and  parts.

From Larry Gattis:
Refinished antique brass button trunk
I have enclosed before and after pictures of my first trunk project.
Thanks for the excellent service and all the help. You have been wonderful to deal with.
The grandmother of the bride was happy and I hope the bride will be also.
Larry Gattis

From Rodney Herring:
Refinished antique trunks from back east
Thanks for having everything I needed to finish these and also for your great prices and advice......Rodney

Jed Painter Proves the Old Black Fiber Trunks Have Potential!
Black fiber covered trunk refinishing
At long last the project is done.  It took six weeks and more forearm strength than I thought I had.
As you can see, all the metal was cleaned and shined.
The disgusting vulcanite covering was shaved off and then the paper underneath was attacked with all manner of tools.
The oak slats were custom cut by yours truly and then added to the sides and top.
The edge clamps and the top clamps are from Brettuns Village, as well as the new handles,
but the rest is original New Jersey steel.  Not a bad way to spend 6 weeks.  I wonder if I still have a job.

Thanks for all the free advice on the website, without which this would not have been possible,
your prompt answers to my inquiries, and your prompt shipment of my repeated orders.
Jed P.

From Christopher Rollston
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The dark brown straps and tabs look great (we think!)

Charles Wright took care of business on his Grandmother's trunk:
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He even made a new tray out of oak!  Nice work, Chas!

Restored antique trunk
Nice work by Donald Guss

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Larry Larson's Miracle
Refinished antique camel backed trunk
I would like to thank Brettuns Village Trunk Shop for the advice you gave me on refinishing my trunk and also the parts you had shipped me to do the job.
I had bought my trunk at an antique place in Michigan for $22.50.  I cleaned it up, little paint, removed the paint from the wood and tung oiled everything else.
I put on some new handles, hinge, and some embossed metal where I had a lot of damage and I now have a beautiful trunk.  Thank you, Larry Larson

Built From Scratch by Dave Lackey
Refinished antique automobile trunk
Just wanted to say THANKS for the orders you filled and the questions you answered.  Also, attached a photo of the completed trunk.
First attempt at anything like this and it was so much fun!  Best regards, Dave Lackey

Here's a winner from Jennifer Edwards:
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Sir, May I introduce myself, i'm Thierry Vermeulen from Belgium (Europe) and i'm a professional photographer
and graphic designer.  Me and and my lady are active in the re-enactment scene (1833 - 1899),
and after buying a real 1890's fieldcamera with tripod there was the need for a photographic toolbox.  I never did this before, and the toolbox is made out of scratch,
all by hand and i did not use any screws at all.  Using no screws is something i learned from You, i'm very pleased to have found your site on the internet.
Buying almost all the necessary stuff at Your shop, made it a lot easyer to achieve my goal.
Again thanks for the support, and hereby You will find 2 pictures of our new/old toolbox.
Friendly Greetings,  Vermeulen Thierry
Antwerp, Belgium

Jim Theriault's Jenny Lind-Keyhole-Saratoga-Loaf of Bread Trunk

(Pick the name you like best)
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Covered in new leather.  Don't the guys over at Brettuns Village Leather just love to see this type of restoration work!

Jim Zartman

Refinished antique trunk with leather straps
Howdy!  Finally, after several hundred man hours of work and a couple hundred dollars in parts and supplies  --  the trunk is completed!
Hopefully, the efforts of this family trunk restoration project are reflected in the attached photos -- along with photos of what I started with.
I do want to thank you again, for not just being a valuable source for parts, etc., but for answering my novices's questions and offering sound advice.
I stayed strictly to your philosophy of �keep it original�  (no paint or screws, etc.) --  even to the point of replacing the canvas--
and of modifying the strap holders to conform to the originals.  I think my wife�s grandfather would be pleased.
Best wishes for your continuing success.
James L. �Jim� Zartman
San Antonio, Texas

Frank Hayes Performed a Miracle!

Refinished antique dome topped trunk
This was my fathers trunk, sat in the garage for 54 years that I can vouch for, not sure how many before.  So, I tried to make it look cleaned up but not redone as you can see.
We are extremely pleased with how it turned out, couldn't have done it without your expert advice,
beautiful leather pieces, nails and once again, your expert advice!
I would like to say for any other novices that want to take a project on like this- no matter how many nails you think you need, you will need more!
It does cause a break in the momentum waiting for them to arrive. However, it does give one time to reflect and reconsider 'hmmmm, maybe I should ???'.
That's what I did, and I love the result!
Thanks again, hope to find a trunk in the neighborhood that wants to follow me home!
Frank Hayes, Grass Valley, CA

Take a Look at What Becky Prince Did

Refinished antique trunk with leather straps

I always enjoy your newletters and your website.  Your website alone is like a reference book for refinishing a smelly old trunk and I appreciate all of your tips and advice.
I refinished the trunk using your shared knowledge from your website, as well as Brettuns Village's handles, leather straps and stays.
The tung oil and golden oak stain formula is great too and it took several applications to soak in the dry wood.
I'm planning to begin working on another trunk this week.  Best regards,  Becky Prince

From Seaton Reed

Refinished antique trunk with cedar inside
Hi Churchill,  I thought you might like to see the finished product. Your helpful suggestions provided me with guidance I would not have otherwise had and the
parts and supplies made it a fun project. And we now have a usable trunk.  You will note I was able to find suitable trim strips which were 1/4 " Aspen
(inexpensive from Home Depot) which I tacked on with the short clinch nails so as not to protrude through the sides. By using 1/4" inch the original tray rails remained usable.
The original tray disappeared long ago so I made a replacement using 1/2" Aspen (glued and nailed) lined with aromatic cedar which came out very nice.
The original interior was lined with a brown paper on the sides and paper cover cardboard like pieces on the bottom and top all glued in.  This was in very poor condition.
 Thanks again for your help.  Seaton Reed

Here's one from Debra Early

Beautiful refinished antique trunk

Radio Radio!

Tom & Pat Gaber Worked a Minor Miracle

Restored vintage radio carrying case
Hi:  We ordered a hide from you in November 2004.  We covered an old Majestic Mighty Monarch radio with the hide.  You mentioned that you would be interested
in seeing the finished product.  Here are some pictures of what your hides covered up.  It was a lot of work, but the finished radio is beautiful.
But here are the pictures - hope you enjoy them.  Tom & Pat Gaber

From George Bernheimer

Refinished antique trunk
This trunk is one I made, with your parts, for my wife to use in pre Civil War Territorial Kansas and Civil War era living history presentations that she and I do.  Thanks again for looking out for us!  Best regards, George Bernheimer

Joe Mihm!

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To all you good folks at Brettuns Village, Thanks to your help and wonderful website, I finally refinished my first trunk (first photo, above).
It belonged to my great-grandfather and got passed down through the years.  I took the "before' pictures a little late
(after I started tearing it down), but overall I was very pleased with the final outcome (even though I broke a cardinal rule and painted the metal!!).
I hope this one is good enough to make your "Customer's Gallery".  Thanks again for all the help,
Joe Mihm
North Branch, Michigan
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Dear Churchill,
Well, you've got me good and hooked now, a hopeless basket case.  I just finished my second trunk (my first is on your Customer's Gallery, and I have four more in the wings).
I bought this one off of George McConnell, whose name I discovered from your website-  he is only about an hour away from me here in Michigan.  I attached some before and after pictures.
All hardware was purchased through Brettun's village (advice was free!).  You're website should come with a warning-  "this hobby can be hopelessly addicting, and involves vast amounts of hard, dirty, detail work.
Enter into it at your own risk!"  Once again, thanks for the advice.
Joe Mihm
North Branch, Michigan

Refinished antique monitor top trunk

The blue one was a real challenge-  my first all-metal trunk, and the first one I papered (and the first one that had mothballs in it,  hooo-weeee!!!-  I
'm still trying to get the smell out of my nosehairs!).  I used pre-primed house trim aluminum coil stock to replace the metal on the bottom that was rusted away.
It worked out real nice.   I pre-papered the inside with the thick white paper material used for "rough" surfaces, then put the finish paper over it.  M
akes the inside smooth as a baby's bottom, and "mighty purdee" to boot.  Of course, the Brettuns Village handles, caps, nails, lid stay, and bottom corners add the final touches.

From Les:

Restored antique trunk
Thanks Again for your advice and help.  The Handles, Straps and hardware were perfect.  The information on your web site was really helpful to me.
I decided to keep the original worn look, but removed the black paint that was in big runs all over the place.  I scraped this thing with a dental pick carefully chipping of the paint and
other crud from years of neglect.  I sanded and used brass wire brushes to clean the embossed tin then used flat black paint.  After it was dry I lightly sanded the tin to reveal the canvas
like embossed pattern.  A light scraping and sanding of the wood slats and some red mahogany stain (that maple don't take stain well) did the trick.
Followed all that up with two coats of thinned Tung oil.  I think its safe to say that this will someday go to my kids.   Les

From Mike Vitetta - Custom Built for his 1930 Model A Ford
Refinished antique car trunktrunk on the back of an antique car
Mike used our handles, straps, and some spare pieces of matching leather to do the corners of his trunk.
They may not build cars like they used to, but Mike knows how to make the trunks. E-mail him your questions here.

From John Godbout
Refinished antique trunk
This is my first project but not my last. Thanks to Brettuns Village for the advice and parts i used!! I also used the tung oil and golden oak with a little added secret ingredient.

Introduction: Restoring a Vintage Steamer Trunk

Trunk restoration is a combination of wood working, metal craft and leather work, so it helps to have some experience in all three fields. The hardest part of the entire project is in the preparation of the piece. Removing the old material covering (if it has one), stripping the paper lining and removing all of the old leather accoutrements equals roughly 60% of the work that goes into it, with leather fabrication and sanding taking up the rest.

There are three approaches you can take when performing your restoration;

The first is a complete refurbish with new materials which ends with a fantastic finish, but can seriously diminish the value of your antique.

The second is a 'soft' restoration, where no new hardware is used, and only what was used in the original construction goes back into it's rebuild. This kind of project is best used on pieces of extreme value, where authenticity is important, but can seriously limit the 'curb appeal' of your trunk.

The third is a moderate restoration, where as much of the original hardware is re-used. Whenever possible, parts from the same period (and preferably manufacturer)  are installed and failing that, replaced with new hardware.

I find the third method the most effective since it retains both curb appeal, and attempts to keep the piece as original as possible, however, feel free to use whichever one suits you best.

Step 1: Tools and Supplies You're Going to Need


Utility knife - for removing old canvas cover. (have lots of extra blades since the years worth of dirt in the material act like sandpaper)
Metal Scraper - scraping off old paper, tucking edges of old material under seams
Drill and Wire Wheel - For removing rust from metal parts
Nail puller  and hammer - removing old hardware
Sharp Chisel - to straighten the points on the old nails and tacks before pulling
Pliers - for straightening nails and tacks
Sander - optional but it helps
Dust Mask and Glasses - Safety first
**Saw - if you need to build a new tray otherwise it's not necessary


60, 150, 220, 300 and grit sandpaper - lots of that to be done
7-8oz leather@ 1 1/4" leather belts- For straps, leather patches and leather handles
2X Belt Buckles, rivets, Fiebings leather dye - hardware for leatherwork.
Wood Stain/Finish - I used Minwax Polyshades which blends both stain and polyurethane but you can do them separately if you want.
Masking Tape - to mask of edges for staining
Beeswax Polish - to protect the metal from rusting again

Step 2: Disassembling Your Trunk

One of the trickiest parts of the project is disassembling the trunk. The first place to start is to remove the lid and leather hardware.  Most of it should be held together by tacks and nails that punch through the wood and have their points bent down on the inside to hold them in place. This is where the sharp chisel comes into play. You want to be as careful as possible, since if you simply use the nail puller, they'll just tear through the wood leaving gaping holes that will require filler. Your best bet is to get under the point, on the inside of the box, as carefully as possible, then use your pliers to straighten the tips as best as you can. Then you can use the nail puller, from the outside, and yank the old tacks out.

If they aren't rotted to badly, they can be taken to a wire wheel to be revived, otherwise they'll need to be replaced. The rest of the hardware, such as, the metal trim and hinges can be removed in the same way, but as you'll see later, it can be better to leave them on.

Step 3: Cleaning Up the Metal

To keep the trunk as original as possible, I wanted to leave as much of the patina on the metal as I could. The best way I found was using a wire brush on the end of a drill to buff off the layer of rust, but leave the pitting and age behind. Originally I tried a brass brush, which is less abrasive, but found it left marks on the metal work, so I ended up using the steel one and found it worked perfectly. Another advantage of the wire wheel is the ability to get into all of the nooks and crannies around the hardware.

The trick is not to press to hard as you don't want to polish the metal, only remove the outer layer of rust exposing the darkened aged metal underneath. Another thing I learned was that it was better to leave the canvas cover on the trunk as I was removing the rust since it protected the wood, and I would be removing it anyway. I wasn't terribly concerned about the paper edging since I would be sanding it later to remove some of the staining and age, and also clean some of the rivets that pin them in place.

Step 4: Removing the Canvas Cover, Paper Liner and Sanding

Exposing the bare wood;

The liner should come out pretty easy, and for the most part just peels away from the wood. In the original construction, they used a paste of flour and water as a glue which is water soluble. A few spots were still stuck fast, so I simply soaked them with a damp sponge, and scraped them.

The canvas was a bit trickier to remove. I used the utility knife and cut the cloth as close to the seams as possible, cutting around some of the metal work.  When the bulk of the canvas was removed, I used the scraper to tuck any remainders under the seams and the utility knife to cut off the fibers that straggled behind. For the tight corners, a slotted screwdriver or chisel works just as well.


There's going to be lots of that. The best way is a graduated sanding where you start with 60 grit, to remove some of the larger burrs, then gradually reduce the grit to 300 until the piece is nice and smooth. For the paper edging, start with 220, then 300, unless it is badly damaged, then you can use 150. The paper is set in layers, so if you remove one layer completely, you'll need to keep sanding till you get down to the next one which will make lots of extra work for you. Try not to sand to heavily on the tacks holding the paper in place as you want to keep the same patina as the rest of the metal hardware. You can wet sand with 400 grit, but I found it unnecessary since 300 seemed to do the trick.

The Inside;

The inside should be thoroughly washed with bleach and water to kill any mildew, then let to dry before sanding. Sand it very thoroughly since you won't be lining it again with paper (unless you really want to). I found it looked better without, however if you choose to, comparable paper can be found in any art store.

Step 5: Staining and Finishing

I used combination of walnut stain with polyurethane however if you choose, you can apply them independently. I applied three layers with a soft brush, and made sure to mask off the paper edging. There's no need to stain the inside of the trunk and in fact, the raw wood look made a nice contrast.

Once the stain/finish had dried overnight, I then used the beeswax polish and applied three coats on both the outside and inside of the trunk, wiping off the excess between coats. The polish reconditions the wood and paper edging, as well as protecting all of the metal work from rusting again.

Step 6: Building the Tray

If you're fortunate, you will still have the old tray that can be restored in the same way as the rest of the trunk. Unfortunately, the tray in my trunk had completely deteriorated and so I had to build a new one. I used the old tray as a template and cut a piece of 1/8" plywood for the bottom, and some 1x4" pine for the sides. The picture below shows the tray before the beeswax coat, however I used the same three coats as I used on the rest of the trunk to protect it. Finally, I cut a two 3 1/2" x 3/4" pieces of leather to act as handles for the tray then set them into place with 1" brass tacks.

Step 7: Adding the Leather Work

Now you have a choice, you can stop here and leave the leather work off, or you can replace it all, or if you're really lucky, the existing leather survived and you can use it again.

If you choose to replace it all, you'll need enough 7-8oz leather to cut your strap holders and handles from, and enough leather to create the straps. The original straps were actually made of several 6 foot belts that were riveted together to make 12 foot lengths. Unfortunately, I couldn't recover any of the original leather so I decided to customize it with my own color and design. I performed a bit of tooling on the strap holders, but it's not necessary if you prefer to keep them plain.

I was also unable to save any of the original tacks and nails, so I replaced them with brass rivets which were long enough to push through the wood, and have the tips bent down like the original hardware. I used one of the original strap holders as a template for the new ones and was able to set the tacks through the existing holes from the old nails for a cleaner look.

Step 8: Finished Trunk and Key Replacement

The trunk is complete, and as original as was possible to make it with my limited resources. The last thing it needed was a new key for the lock. I found the name "Corbin" etched into the lock, and tracked a few possible replacements at the local Flea market. With a bit of work I managed to fabricate a new one by locating a key with as much metal on it as possible, then dremmeling it down till it spun the lock. It's pretty tricky to do if you don't know what the original looked like, but there are a few tips I can give you;

1. Get more than one key. You WILL mess up at least one, so have a few extras
2. Learn how to pick the lock first. There are tutorials online that will teach you and it'll give you an idea of the shape you need.
3. As the key gets closer to the right shape, it'll slowly turn the lock more and more. Maybe it's a design flaw with these old locks, but the closer a key is to being right, the more movement you'll get out of the lock.
4. Once you get it to turn, stop using power tools and break out the hand files. You only want to work it until it starts turning the lock smoothly.

That's it! Hope you have as much fun with your project as I did.

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Steamer Trunk Restoration

Nonetheless it was a really cool piece that I couldn’t wait to get my hands on. The only problem was I wasn’t exactly sure where to start or how to restore any of this. Don’t fret! Good old google searches and you tube came in handy.  With the help of “Antique Trunks and Chests” on You tube and a few local people I got the job done and had such a fun time learning this.

The first thing I did was sand this whole bad boy down from top to bottom with a fine grit sponge and clean it really well with steel wool and warm vinegar water. (Be careful not to soak the wood slats on the exterior. The wood might warp). I had to change the water quite a few times as the trunk had collected quite a bit of dirt and grime over the years.

After the outside was semi clean, I worked on the inside. As you can see the inside was covered with half peeling paper. I found out the glue used to hold that paper in place was most likely a wheat paste which will soften and breakdown when dampened with water. I put vinegar water in a spray bottle and lightly sprayed the interior of the trunk. (the vinegar will also help get any lingering odors out of the trunk.) You want to be careful to not saturated the wood. The wood is very old and can warp if saturated by water. We don’t want any warping folks!

How to restore an antique trunk - Part 1 -

How to Fix Up Your Old Trunk

So you have an old trunk, and you don't feel like spending the five hundred or so bucks it would cost to have us or some other refinisher scrape the skin off our knuckles, breathe in turn-o-the-century dust, and expose ourselves to hazardous, highly flammable stains and finishes, not to mention spending all those fun hours bent over in unnatural positions trying to bend nails over on the upper-inside-top of the inner lid....what are we doing in this business anyway?

We get a lot of e-mail from people asking questions about how to do this or that, so we thought putting a page like this together might help you, and save us from answering 60 messages a day, when we should be feeding the goat and reading to the kids.  Children, I mean.  This page won't answer all of your questions, but it will get you started.  Then, if you're still hung up, you can e-mail us about the details.  We promise we'll do our best to answer, if you promise to be a bit patient until we get a chance to respond.

Start in on your refinishing project by trying to figure out what kind of trunk you have.  Ask around, or e-mail a picture of it to us.  Look for any markings on the trunk, not on the lock (that just tells us who made the lock, not the trunk) and do your best to decribe it in the e-mail.  Don't expect any miracles.  Your picture will be too dark, we won't be able to tell the trunk from your foot and you'll get mad anyway when we tell you we can't see the darned thing.

You can also ask a local antique dealer about it.  If they tell you it isn't worth a flat squirrel, then you know you have a priceless rarity on your hands, or, if they say they can take it off your hands so you don't have to bother taking it to the dump, kick 'em and run.  Take the trunk with you.

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She wanted more. But the guys were out of shape. Somehow, having tortured, the last lover was discharged right in her ass.

255 Restoring a Camel Back Trunk

I really liked you. - with these words, he hugged her tightly and hugged her. - you to me too. Together they looked at the clock - it was already past midnight, he invited her to stay overnight with him, she answered. His offer with consent.

Now discussing:

The man came out and locked the door. The dumbfounded elderly woman sat down heavily on the bed and began to cry. After weeping, she looked around the room. It seems that nothing has changed, the furniture was in its place.

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