Monday, October 6, 2014

Type Tray Display

I recently got a rimu printer's type tray from a friend. I suspect, judging by the construction of the thing, that it was actually built as a mock-type-tray, and intended for display purposes as I've used it here. Actual genuine type trays tend not to be so deep, and they don't overhang around the edges like this one.

Anyway, I cleaned it up and repaired some busted pieces, painted the back-plate a deep ultramarine blue. and varnished the wood. Now it's on our games room wall, and getting filled up with knick-knacks of sizes suitable for the little cubbies.

Here it is, in context. We collect a lot of stuff. This is just a tiny bit of it.
I've always been fond of this "cabinet of curiosities" sort of thing. Some of the pieces of furniture dedicated to the task are really quite stunning; that sort of cabinetry is a bit beyond my reach at the moment, either to buy or to build. This sort of thing is an acceptable substitute though; I think I may have to do more of it.

Just as an aside, I had the opportunity some years ago to get a complete set of type drawers for a couple of hundred bucks. Alas, I didn't have much money to spare at the time, and we didn't really have anywhere to keep it, so I passed it by. I've kicked myself for that often and often since.