Forgot to mention in my last post that when I visited Ardingly I bought an old box. It was the end of the day and I spotted it on one of the last stalls. It was crying out to come home with me ….
I had no idea what type of wood it was made from but it was a great size and shape. It has been well used, probably as a fishing box because when I opened it up it contained some rusty old fishing hooks and a pen knife.
So, I removed the lock and handle, sanded it and gave it several coats of wax, and this is how it looks now. Not sure whether it will be my needlework box, jewellery box or what, but I think it looks great.