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

October 19th, 2012 in member junk     
gadgetsponge Brian Carlisle, contributor
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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.


Pattern or design used: My own design - Brian of
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Comments (7)

markgrogan writes: Very niuce vintage! And the red legs of the treadle really makes the storage box stand out. Just a little curious why you would put a box on a stand though. You wouldn't be able to use it as a table top if the items inside need to be accessible. Posted: 12:49 am on October 17th
LloydsLandingofSears writes: Love anything WWII! I'm always watching for your new projects Brian! ~Mary~ Posted: 11:33 am on October 20th
JunkArchitect writes: Wow...I love the entire piece but your graphics on the trunk are what put this over the top. With that color combination it would blend perfectly into my new breezeway.


Posted: 3:46 am on October 20th
junqueartiste writes: I think this would look great in a bar area! Maybe it could hold shot glasses, corkscrews, etc. Posted: 7:55 pm on October 19th
CleverJunk writes: Very Cool! I love the colorful palette. I have a pair of sewing machine bases that I've wanted to make into night stands....this has got me thinking I need to look for suitcases for the tops...thanks for the inspiration! Posted: 4:30 pm on October 19th
TinTinJunkFan writes: I agree, I love the green and red together as well as the red yardsticks on the inside. I love this piece! Posted: 9:41 am on October 19th
georgiamoon writes: Brian,
You are amazing. I love the balance of the red color with the army green. Your attention to detail is always evident and your sense of style is outstanding. Once again you have given us something that shows us your unique talent and your ability to use various junk pieces in a new a different way!
Georgia Posted: 7:57 am on October 19th
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