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.
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.
"I have $2 and ah...ah...a Casio" - Del Griffith By way of introduction my name is Levi, last name not Strauss, and I have been a so called " collector" or "enthusiast" since middle school. (13 years...