Re purposed cutlery box

I don’t have anything new to share so I thought I would add an older project.

Empty cutlery boxes often appear on auction sites some of the larger ones can be quite expensive. A friend was looking for a large box and when I saw this I thought it would be ideal.

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Although the insides were in reasonable condition they were not ideal for storing pens after a few days of work I had reached this point.

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Even the inside of the lid had to be stripped

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The inside of the lid was to have this monogram embossed into the inside of the lid

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This was the most complex monogram I have ever tried to emboss

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It took some time but I got there in the end.

The next stage was to line the drawer and upper compartment in turquoise suede.

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I made wooden trays to fit inside and then made inserts for each tray using a piece of card and dowels cut to size.

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After covering the dowels in suede I fitted the inserts into the trays

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Lower trays added

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Upper trays for larger pens

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The top of this box was quite badly scratched and also had a few dings which I tried to repair without success, So eventually I decided to replace the veneer.

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Veneer removed

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Replacement edging was applied around the outer edges

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Replacement flame mahogany veneer applied I decided to have a go at French polishing for the top.

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Finished

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Thanks for looking

Michael

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