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Repurposed WWII Military First Aid Storage Suitcase Table w/ Sewing Machine Base & Yardsticks

Hey folks!  A lot of custom work went into this project.  I hope you enjoy it.

This military suitcase was used in WWII and then helped send a daughter off to college and back. I created the custom "First Aid" graphics on the top and painted them. After a little distressing I sanded down and painted the New Companion sewing machine iron base. I gave it several coats of fire engine red and then hand painted the New Companion letters on each side. I then cut a piece of plywood for the bottom of the suitcase, mounted the suitcase to the base and then installed custom distressed and painted yardsticks on the floor of the suitcase. And lastly, I installed chains on both sides to hold the suitcase lid open at the right angle when used for storage.

Here are the measurements...
Height: 36.5"; Width (side to side): 25" (four feet); Depth: 15".

These custom items, along with my other creations, are available in the GadgetSponge Etsy Shop and at Timeline Antiques in Shreveport, LA!

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Reader Comments (6)

Hi! I'm new on Hometalk.com ... Looking around at repurposed projects, I discovered your blog! Amazing!! LOVING your style on your projects! Where in the world are you finding so many yardsticks?! I'm in Little Rock, and I can't seem to find 'em anywhere! I just signed up to follow your blog updates via email. I can't wait to see what sort of functional eye candy you'll create next! :) ~Amber of WhatAmberLoves.com

September 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAmber of WhatAmberLoves.com

It looks fabulous! I love so many things about this, not least of which is the inside bottom of the suitcase with the red yardsticks. I have 3 old Army suitcases similar to this one. They are so very, very heavy, and have detachable lids. We use them to store things in our attic but seeing what you've done makes me think we should pull them out and put them to use. Great work, Brian! You are so creative.

September 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNancy

Thanks for commenting Nancy! The suitcase was very fun to work with. Your heavier suitcases with the detachable lids sound very interesting. This one that I worked with was actually fairly light. Thin metal shell with light wood slats on the interior outer walls. Definitely have some fun with yours, but you've already made the first step by continuing to use them and keeping them "alive"!

September 24, 2012 | Unregistered Commentergadgetsponge

thats pure genius

October 1, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterhorrible henry

Just stopping to say hi..... pinned this first aid trunk, it's awesome.


November 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBliss

Thanks so much for the generous comments and for stopping in Henry & Bliss! Please sign up with your email to receive the posts automatically and come back now -- ya' here!

November 6, 2012 | Registered CommenterBrian Carlisle

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