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Nice Old Box For Coin Trays. Opinions On How To "Repair It"?

 
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 Posted 11/21/2021  3:37 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add bennycunha97 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Helo everyone!

Recently I found myself in need for more storage space and I got another coin tray box. Unlike my other ones (two metal boxes, very modern and professional looking) this one is older and in second hand.




As can be seen below this has a bit of damage particularly in the places it folds.



Before using it I want to repair it/conserve it, or else I'm afraid it might completely break off. My brother suggested I use some thick wallpaper-like strips and line the edges with it, making it both reinforcing the folds as well as making it still aesthetically pleasing for instance by using textured red paper to make it match the inside red. What are your opinions on that, and suggestions of how else to make it better?

Those are too thin to glue and would need to be flexible anyway to have the box open.

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 Posted 11/21/2021  7:26 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add sel_69l to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Careful application of PVA glue where appropriate would help with the repair.
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 Posted 11/22/2021  09:56 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jbuck to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
A nice classic box! I am no restoration expert, so no advice to give; however, I wish you they best of luck.
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 Posted 11/23/2021  08:54 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add just carl to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
You should be careful of old wood for storage. Short time storage should be OK but would not trust it for long time storage.
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 Posted 11/23/2021  09:55 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jbuck to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Wood is not necessarily bad. You have to use the right wood, with the right age, and the right finish.
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 Posted 11/23/2021  12:59 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Dearborn to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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You have to use the right wood, with the right age, and the right finish.

Get the trifecta correct and you have a great storage box...

Curious though, that is the material made of that covers the box? Leather? or a faux leather or plastic of some sort?

if leather: https://www.furnitureclinic.com/lea...0%7C%20Exact
If Faux Leather: https://www.amazon.com/faux-leather...r+repair+kit
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 Posted 11/23/2021  1:16 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add T-BOP to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Nice box for storing coins in 2x2 or 1 1/2 x 1 1/2 holders .
with all the different colored duct tape they make now ,how about using a brown tape to make your repairs .

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 Posted 11/24/2021  11:24 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add bennycunha97 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks for your opinions! I will keep in mind that this is wood and keep inspecting my coins there once I put them in. Since this is actually made for coins I'm confident the type of wood is fit for purpose but thanks for the heads up!

As for the conservation, I think I will try my luck with taping the edges with some thick tape or even wallpaper-like paper and Elmer's glue. I don't think a full restoration is justified both because of the cost and because this box will mostly not be moving around and so it doesn't need the sturdiness that would come with a full restoration.

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 Posted 12/06/2021  2:22 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add siro to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
She is very pretty, she deserves a little love.
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 Posted 02/12/2022  1:12 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add bennycunha97 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Reviving this topic because there's indeed progress here!

So I did get some wallpaper. I would have preferred red or brown but that would be more expensive than I felt was necessary, and I got this gray one for free so

I used Elmer's glue to glue it and did a few patches at strategic places, mostly around those edges that were just breaking off. Just glued the last patch and now it seems to be fully functional and lines up well so I feel it was a success! I will wait a few days to put my coins in there to assure it's fully dried and no vapours make the coins smelly or even damage them.

Pics follow:







Not perfect by any stretch but I like the look of it and I'm proud that I did that myself, and as I intended all along this is meant to be more functional than good looking and I think that was accomplished!


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