|Finished Fly Display Case|
Everyone has seen these raddy old silverware / flatware boxes in antique shops and garage sales but has anyone ever seen this felt inlaid mess and thought - Now that would make a perfect Fly Display Case! Well I did and after breakfast I quickly made my way down to the local goodwill store to see if they had a specimen to fit the bill. Wouldn't you know it - they had one. It was my time to rescue this discarded box from the rubage bin.
It was beat-up and broken but that only helped me get it for a steal. I snatched it up and went home to rip the guts out of it. One thing was for sure - this box would never hold another piece of tarnished silverware. This old box was going to hold Flies!
I repaired a few scratches and fixed a spot in the back where a hinge popped loose from the wood and then I re-stained the top lid and oiled up the inside and outside of the base. I then took the lid inside for an original touch that would really make this box stand out. Using acrylic paints I painted a rainbow trout on the lid and then added a triple coat of varnish to ensure that the artwork would be protected. The result was a stunning painting on a walnut finished plank of wood.
Moving my attention to the inside I stripped off some wood and notched them to form a bunch of compartments for the flies. I then oiled them up with tung oil and glued them together to the bottom of the box.
Halfway though the process I thought to myself - hey, this is something I could sell (and I might eventually) but for now I am enjoying this box. My loving wife just shakes her head. First question she has at the start of every project is - where are you going to put that, quickly followed by - I bet you could sell that. She puts up with it though and for that I am appreciative.