Arrgh! Fixing and refinishing the Treasure Chest!

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There was about 4 years in a row that my husband
 made me a treasure box for Christmas.
I now have some pretty amazing treasure chest!

This was the first one.
All rounded top.  Stained walnut.  Cool.
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 It got damage by kids playing with it and not
 respecting the hinges...and maybe because the hinges 
were just screwed into the pine.  Needless to say, it needed repair!
 The bottom board was cracked horizontally all the way across.
 I removed the lid from the hinges and popped off the broken board.
 We cut a new piece to fit...and this time, bolted the lid on after piloting holes.
 It was beat up.  Carved into...hammered...written on.
I wanted to keep the natural distressing...and even things out.
I sanded the whole thing a bit...hammered a few new places
 and restained it in walnut!  Easy and awesome!

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