Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Help! Advice and thoughts, please
I have a walnut chest made by my grandfather, who died before I was born. He made it for my mom to use as her "hope chest", so I would imagine he made it around 1930 or before. When Mother passed it on to me, it wasn't in such great shape, and it's definitely gone downhill since it came into my possession. At one point I decided to get it out of the barn (yes, the barn... somebody just slap the snot out of me, would you?) and take off the varnish with varnish remover. This only added insult to injury.
The lid is warped, but I could live with that. It's just that there is SO much wrong with it! I'm going to put some pictures on here to show just how bad off it is; they're the kind of pictures you can click on to make larger. I am not a very patient person, but I could probably manage, over time, to sand the varnish off the outside. I'd have to pay someone, I imagine, to do something with the legs. Cliff thinks my mom was probably the one who put those big nails through the bottom to hold on a leg, and completely missed the leg (second picture down). I imagine it would cost more than I want to pay to hire someone to take on the whole project. Maybe I'd be better off having somebody craft something out of the wood, I don't know.
When I was small, this chest sat at the end of my parents' bed; I believe Mother stored her sheets in it.
Without any further ado, I'll put the pictures on here and wait to hear what my readers think.