I've been given an old woden toy chest with a hinged lid yay for freebies
It's been used and passed down since it was made in the 50's so it's not in the best shape.
One side panel is missing (I already made up a new one to match the opposite side but haven't attached it yet)
All the decoration is gone and most of the paintwork is peeling off, there were even a few nails sticking out the bottom from a patch repair somebody did. I don't know how any kids didn't get hurt I jabbed it through my hand the first day
Anyway all this can be pretty much fixed up with cleaning, sanding and painting but the bit I'd like advice on is the lid.
The hinges are still sound and it closes well (If I keep it as a toy chest I'm definantly putting in one of those 'stay open safety triangle thingies'... that's the technical term.... but the lid itself is bowing towards the front and looks like it may crack.
I was initially thinking of adding in a cross peice to the underside to give it strength then putting some hefty foam on the top of the lid and upholstoring over the whole thing.
Is that overkill or underkill, would it be better to forget the foam and put another peice of wood on top or buy a new peice of wood for the lid and replace the whole thing? I don't really have much money and I don't know any recyled wood places round here (In the UK we have wood yards that salvage wooden things people are throwing away and passes them on or remakes them and sells the products) but I don't want it to look cheap. I want to do it right so it can keep being passed down.
If I have it as a storage chest I wanted to line the inside in a felt type material (but stronger), is this a fairly simple process or should I just wax and seal the wood instead?
Has anyone done a similar project, I searched the boards but didn't see anything?
Thanks for any advice