Thursday, November 21, 2013

Repairing Pine Dovetailed Tally Trunk

The worn paint finish on the tally trunk is flaky so I did not wax and was very cautious in cleaning the spider webs and dust. A white moisture ring cleaned off with careful wiping.

DH's task was to create a wooden hinge for this very old pine dovetailed Tally Trunk (tally meaning money collecting/banking).

The 'other' hinge was missing on the trunk. This is the intact wooden hinge, carved to fit the receiving hole in the lid.

DH found a piece of 'same width' fir.

The hand made nails had to be removed and since they were not going to budge they had to be filed down.

Close up of the beginning of the fitting. The sawtooth edge you see is the interior lid of the tally box.

The new 'hinge' was fitted into the receiving hole in the lid. 

The outside and inside view of the repair and the watered down paint (which later received CeCeCaldwell's Aging Wax which made the repair blend in a bit better).

Below: Hinge repair and opposite end of truck original hinge

Tally Box inside trunk detail

Detail of trunk front edge and keyhole

Detail of cast iron very rusty handle.

Back view of trunk

Another front view of trunk

Glad you had time to visit today. Next post is Nov. 28th 7:00 am

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  1. It is gorgeous. SO are your chairs. And the carpet there. And the table in the background. Love the entire setting / area! :) It looks so cozy...makes me want to sit down with a book and a cup of tea. Maybe a cookie too :)

  2. What a neat piece Joy! Looks great as a coffee table. You all did a great job in repairing it. Thanks so much for the previous posts on tutorials.


  3. You did a great job replacing that broken piece. I think it is fun to get into old wood work and see how they did things back then. The whole setting in that little area looks cozy.
    ~ Pat

  4. Great job. I just love that trunk!

  5. Amazing trunk! Great repair! Thanks for sharing at TTF!

  6. Fantastic job! And so much fun, I've never heard of a Tally Trunk before.

    I've been thinking of you and enjoying all your posts Joy.

    Happy weekend!

  7. I never knew I wanted a tally trunk before reading your post! This is beautiful - love all details on the inside. The patina on the outside is fabulous. Great repair job - I know I could not have even thought about doing that.

  8. Hi, Joy, I saw this at Kathy's A Bouquet of Talent! I noticed it first because the trunk is lovely, and then second because I am a "Joy", too! I adore the color of the trunk, and that rusty hardware adds to its beauty.

    Love, Joy @ Yesterfood

  9. What a wonderful finished project. I'm sure your'e quite pleased with it!

  10. What a beautiful piece! Great job on the repairs! Thanks for sharing at MM. :)

  11. My goodness! What a wonderful job! I can only imagine the patience it took to repair this. I know it would take a lot of patience for me. Very nice!!!

  12. The trunk is terrific. It's great that you were able to repair it.

  13. WOW great tutorial!! I'm pinning this to our talent board! Thanks for sharing on DIY Sunday Showcase! Hope ya come back again this week!


  14. Great job it does look so vintage and classy!


  15. Amazing heritage wooden piece. Any idea of the history or age of the tally trunk?
    Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday Joy.

  16. Amazing work...handmade nails to deal with, etc. And it's lovely...your cozy spot there looks so warm and comfortable :)

  17. What a talent working with wood and furniture...and I adore old trunks.


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