Passed this thing up my last two visits to the local Steampunk Repository of Lost and Ailing Items (I know, I rename it each time I mention it, but that's half the fun). Anyway, imagine a place where steampunk airships have crashed, steampunk labs have thrown their outcast equipment (remember, I got an X-ray machine there last year), and airship pirates haul their plundered loot. God, I love junk shops!!!
Anyway, after I passed it up twice, Lady Artamiss decided it would make a fantastic Valentine's Day present--so she "negotiated" a price with the proprietor (I think she batted her eyes at him, plus the fact they were both wearing almost the exact same cap) and bought it for me for VD (that's Valentine's Day--get your mind out of the gutter). I did have to haul it out to the SteamPunkAirShip Conally and had to promise her a Valentine's Day (I'm not using VD again with the crowd that frequents this site!) dinner at her favorite Greek restaurant next trip to Austin. And darn, they have belly dancers there. I can barely stand it LOL
So, here's the new Prof. Steampunk Field Office Desk Trunk, ready to be renovated, renewed, and rejuve...rejuvo...rejuva...heck, redone:
Thinking of going with a red mahogany stain on the inside and replacing the plastic ring pulls on the drawers with brass ones, if I can find 1.5-inch ones somewhere. I think I saw some at Lowe's but they might be bigger than that. If not, I'll buy some online. If anyone knows of a source, I'd appreciate it. Finding lots of 2.5-inch round ones but not the smaller ones.
As for the outside, I haven't decided. The case is wood, but it has a really good, waterproof looking covering over the wood that seems to be intact--just an ugly olive drab color. Similar items I've seen before were made by, appropriately enough, Texas Trunk Company from the 1940s to the 1960s for the military. So I'm thinking of painting it rather than taking that off to get to the wood.
And I'm kind of partial to that red that we painted Lady Artamiss' steamer trunk. Maybe that red, with black hammered straps and latches? I think the gold and black "Prof. Steampunk's Field Office Desk Trunk" would look good against that background. Oh, boy, another stencil to make...aaaagh! Why do I do this to myself????? I REALLY needed another Steampunk Project! The Time Machine Emprorium is beginning to look like a Warehouse 12--the place they put all the not-quite-finished projects. Lord knows we've got a warehouse full of those!!!