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Vintage Aircraft Mechanic’s Toolchest with Flame Maple Top | Item #F1206

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This Streamline-style rolling toolchest was entirely handmade of aluminum sheeting by an aircraft mechanic, most likely in the 1930s – even the pulls on the drawers are handmade! We felt it needed a standout top that would be in keeping with its character, and since maple was used in some pretty suave 1930s-era furniture, that's what we chose. But not just any maple would do – it had to be jaw-droppingly beautiful highly figured flame maple, of course. Now that it's all spruced up, this piece veritably demands an Art Deco cocktail tray and a vintage silver-plated martini shaker…

Our one-of-a-kind salvage furniture is constructed in our Portland workshop from found industrial machinery and reclaimed wood from Oregon. We select from vintage i-beam trestles, machine parts, and even streetlamps for the bases, and then scour our selection of reclaimed wood slabs to craft the tops. In most cases, this wood is from deadfall or "scrap" trees that would otherwise be pulped or chipped; in others, the wood is salvaged from old beams. When designing these pieces, we choose and place each piece of wood to best feature its natural characteristics – eccentricities of grain, high figure, burl bark intrusions, and the like. To preserve the open grain of the wood, we use a 100% vegetal food-safe nontoxic finish; steel and iron components are sealed with a layer of wax to preserve their natural patina.

Price as shown: $5,000.00

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Product Specifications

Height 35"
Length 37"
Width 22"

Notes

  • Wood surface treated with food-safe nontoxic finish
  • White glove delivery

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