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A table fit for a printer

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One serendipitous day, I found a teetering stack of letterpress job cases in front of one of the local antique and furniture shops at unbelievably low prices. Most of the time, these trays go for anywhere between 30 and 50 dollars, depending on size and condition. But I snagged some large Hamilton-brand California job cases for 18 bucks. Quite a find!















My friend Emma helped me turn one of these into a snazzy, shadow box-style coffee table. We went hardware shopping at Lowe's for some prefab table legs, wood stain, heavy-duty top plates (to brace the legs on the bottom of the job case), a sheet of plexiglass, and bumpers. I also borrowed a power drill and the accompanying bits from my stepfather.















First, I stained the table legs to get them close to the color of the job case. I let them dry completely overnight.


































Second, with Emma's assistance, I drilled holes into the bottom of the job case so we could screw the top plates into place. This was probably the most involved part of the …

Hildegard in the wild (because you asked)

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My friend Angela requested some outdoors pictures of my beloved typewriter. So Hildegard and I ventured out into the backyard and took some glamor shots.


































And her close-up:




















As you wish, Angela.