I wasn't sure what I was going to do with the old shipping crate when I found it, but knew it had to be turned into something!! The man I bought it from said he wanted to turn it into a CD rack, but he didn't have the time for it so he sold it. The crate is from 1935 & still had the packing newspapers inside (all NY/NJ newspapers dated 1935) when I picked it up. It also still had the original sticker/label on it showing it was used in transit between NY & Paris. Too cool. After a while of using it as a decoration, I decided that it needed to be turned into a coffee table. So I welded a steel base for it & had a glass top cut for it. After adding 3 wood slats for the bottom, the table was done. I used GF Flat topcoat to seal & protect it from futher damage. Coolest coffee table ever & everyone who comes to our home loves it immediately.