"Smoking stands became popular around the turn of the century and lasted through the Depression. After World War II they began to lose favor." I've seen them in a million different styles, including this one:
When I found it several months ago at a yard sale, I knew it could be a great side table. The storage compartment is lined with tin (most are lined with some type of metal, as I think it cut down on the humidity where tobacco was stored).
So, after some joint tightening, some cleaning, some paint, some stain and let's not forget the elbow grease.... here's the new look!
The color is a little off in the photo - it's actually a couple of shades deeper than it photographed. It's ready for a new home... and no, it doesn't smell like smoke!