A friend just dropped this off at my parent's house for me... At first, I want sure what it was, and then she opened it up...
And my jaw hit the floor. Her mom saw something like it years ago and her dad built it. They created a fabric panel for both sides, which does cut down on the weight of the case, but I'm guessing it's at least 40 years old, just dating the fabric.
Closed, it's 36 1/2 inches tall, 16 1/2 inches long and 6 inches deep, with 3 interior shelves on each side, for a total of 6. It's a basic box construction, except that instead of being flush with the ground, the bottom sits up about 3 inches, giving the case feet.
Today, I ripped the fabric off the back, pulled out all the tacks and fabric, and began priming it. The fabric is dryrotted and smells a little musty, so it's time for a change. There was no sanding, just priming. In the basement. With a window cracked (I know, super intelligent...)
The lighting down in the basement is terrible...
It's been painted a pale blue, the bottom shelf raspberry. The bottom pocket is a little off, but not enought for me to want to rip the tacks out and readjust it.
The fabric on the back is upholstery grade, the interior is a twill and a light weight canvas.
Of course, I got it all set up on the vanity where I sew and the machine decided to quit working. But it's ready to go, and it's been a fabulous place to store the fabric for and finished Christmas presents I was sewing.