Reviving a WWII Army Trunk

Jo Ann Spofford
by Jo Ann Spofford
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I have been in possession of my daddy's WWII Army trunk for years. It was beginning to deteriorate. I knew I had to do something before there was nothing left.
This is the lid to the trunk. I stapled all of the wood on the underside that was beginning to buckle and pull away. Cleaned the rust off of the hinges, and sanded the entire piece.
Using Minwax red mahogany I stained the lid, 2 coats. I painted the hinges with black metal paint. I wanted to maintain the integrity of the piece. That is why I left the hinges on. After the stain had dried I placed 3 coats of clear Polyurethane on the lid. For the base, I used a wrought table base that I been holding to.
Following the same steps I made a side table from the side panel of the trunk. The rope is the original rope used for picking up the trunk.
This was a fun and fulfilling project. My daddy passed away several years ago and this was one of the ways I preserve his memory. It will be passed on to my daughter.
Suggested materials:
  • Course and fine grit sand paper.   (Home Depot)
  • Mouse sander   (Home Depot)
  • Staple gun and staples   (Home Depot)
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