Friday, January 15, 2016

The Old Picnic Basket

We got an adorable tin picnic basket from Bill's mom when she sold her big house. 

Adorable, I tell you!

One of the wooden handles was broken. 
I asked Bill if he could fix it for us. 
He said "No"!
That was surprising because Bill can fix everything. 

16 years went by but I just knew there had to be a fix for the handle. 

Wood glue, clamps, a strip of leather, nuts and bolts and the drill were the supplies needed. 

I cut a piece of leather to go across the back of the handle. 
I glued the leather onto the handle joining the break. 
Clamps hold the leather to the wooden handle so that the break could be joined perfectly. 

A nut and bolt on each side of the break provide added stability to the fix. 
The drill bit went through the leather and the wood. 

I was afraid the old wood would split when I drilled the holes but it didn't.
When in doubt, drill pilot holes. 

 This little picnic tin has been used in numerous vignettes over the years. 

The fix has held perfectly. 

I chalk this one up to old fashioned ingenuity.  
It reminds me of fixes done by my grandfather during the great depression. 
Bill was impressed. 
  I'm thrilled it is fixed.
Have a wonderful weekend! 


  1. What a lovely thing to have and well done for fixing it!

  2. Oh, I am so glad you were able to repair this darling picnic basket! Growing up, we went on a picnic nearly every weekend during the Summer months.
    This inspires me to be on the look out for a charming picnic basket of my own!

  3. Oh I love it and I love your collection of thermos. They go together!

  4. Happy that i found you.
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  5. Happy that i found you.
    Nice greetings from austria your new follower

  6. I love your little red and green basket and the clever fix you thought up!

  7. Not only is your vintage tin adorable, it's filled with so much history for you all. Good job on the repair. I have the same reaction if my husband thinks he can't fix something...of course he can!
    Mary Alice