I bought an old tool chest from a friend of mine. It was made my his grandfather Stefanus Johannes Sutherland. He was a carpenter, wainwright, blacksmith and stonemason in the army (Sargeant Major or RSM) in Simonstown and then up at Wynberg Military Camp. All the gun carriages and wooden wheels that used to be at the entrances and embedded in the entrance walls were his work.
The chest was very well made but the time was not kind to it. It was painted a metallic blue once and had some water damage. All the glued joints was loose. The only thing holding it together was the long screws in the base. The base was cracked in multiple places so I had to replace it.
|All fitting were removed and cleaned|
|The chest were disassembled|
|The paint scraped off|
|The planks cleaned|
|The chest reassembled|
|The visible screws|
|The reassembled chest. The base is a new plank that has been stained.|
|Varnished lid and inside rack|
|The finished chest|