Monday, July 9, 2012

Primitive cigar box drawers

 Aren't these amazing? I purchased these right out of an old barn that used to be the woodshop of an urban farmer. This guy was descended from one of the original settlors here in the Rockford, IL area. There were some very cool things out of this sale.

These were so dirty and full of dust that I spent a good two days brushing off the dirt and dust and "cleaning" them by rubbing them gently with a pad of fine steel wool.  I was amazed at how the steel wool made the graphics come back to life. Then I waxed them with paste wax both to clean off the remaining dirt and to give them a protective seal. 
 The insides still need some cleaning, but I thought I would leave that to the buyer of these amazing drawers.  Each one has a small wooden knob. Some have been labeled with their content, some have numbers and some have nothing at all.

I could not get the cubby hole unit that they came in -- it was literally built right on the barn wall and we were afraid that taking it down would diminish the integrity of the building (it was in pretty poor shape).

Aren't the graphics great?

I am thinking about building a couple of cubby hole cabinets since I have so many of these drawers.