Update - Custom Watch Storage - Phase 2

Happy 2023 Crunchers.  

In a previous post, I shared my idea to restore an antique machinist box and turn it into a custom watch box.  Over the past week, I was finally able to make some great progress.  See pics below.  As always, I welcome any feedback, tips or critiques.

Restoration Process:

Step 1 - Remove old hardware and salvage when possible

Step 2 - Rust removal and cleaning of old hardware

Step 3 - Clean and sand all wood surfaces

Step 4 - Rebuild a few parts (with other reclaimed wood on hand)

Step 5 - Stain wood

Step 6 - Replace hinges and age the brass to match antique look (aging in process currently)

Step 7 - Build bottom storage tray...this took some time and not yet 100% finished

          a. - determine best layout for a 22.5" x 11" foam block - I was able to get 27 slots in total.

          b. - make jig to cut foam evenly 

          c. - frame in bottom tray (not yet complete)

That is all for now, but very happy so far.  I still need to build the top tray, which will hold 9 more watches and then reassemble. 

Looking forward to sharing the final product in phase 3.

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Beautiful!

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Looks fantastic so far. Looking forward to see Phase 3.

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Looks great so far!

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Looks great! Excited to see the final product 🔥🔥🔥

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Looks great, cant wait to see the finished product.  

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That looks amazing even before it's finished!!

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Very coo!  Nicely done. I hope 2023 is the year I finally build or find a large watch box.

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It's going to be really exciting seeing this come together. Great work 👍