Saturday, September 10, 2011

Luggage Chest

    This is a project that was long in coming: I had to find just the right pieces. 
First came the trunk handle ends, they were on clearance at Van Dykes, my favorite furniture hardware place. I got them several years ago for a couple of bucks but the leather hand parts were still too expensive, so I waited. Next came the dresser. This particular one was given to me for free and it was perfect for this project! Home-made but very well done; number 2 yellow pine throughout.
Now, what to do about the handles: what do I have that's leather?...
Oh yeah, my old stirrup leathers! Perfect! A little paint, a lot of detail, and did I mention the clasps for this "suitcase" cost $1 a piece? The whole creation cost me around $20!