Ordinarily, in my “Apartment Projects” entries, I showed you things that I’ve done over the course of the years I’ve lived here. This one is a small work in progress.
The Problem: I have two steamer trunks that were given to me by my Dad about five years ago. They came from his Parent’s house and belonged to his Grandmother; the very trunks she used when she came to America back in the late teens.
One has a curved top
The other a flat top
It’s my understanding that the curved top ones were more desirable, way back when, because they always ended up at the top of the stacks in ship’s holds. But in my situation, because of the contents and the relative conditions of the two, I want to stack them to conserve some room but I want the flat top one on top of the curved… The Solution I decided to build a small trestle-style skid, purely utilitarian, to provide a flat surface. I was telling my Girl Friend that I was taking a brief break from box-making to do this and she asked “Why can’t you make it into a Box?”
Why indeed, or should I say why not? :)
So I took a few quick measurements the other night, then scrounged around in the lumber department… I found two bed rails that aren’t pretty but they’ll be perfect for this simple job, and a drawer bottom that I’ll use as well.
They’re some sort of hardwood plywood, Maple I believe, and have a hardwood cleat that was glued and tacked to the rails to hold the bed slats. I had previously tried to pry one of these off and it was a cursed nuisance. The Glue proved stronger than the Wood and tore layers off no matter how careful I was. So I resolved to simply cut those areas off. First I cut the pieces I need to length,
And then cut away the cleat sections
I then cut a shape on one end of the long “Stretchers” and used the cut-off to mark the other ends
Then I put them in place on top of the trunk (which I protect with an old sheet) to measure the length the rails have to be, in this case 10 3/8”. If you look closely you’ll see that I cut a Round out of the bottom already, I forgot to take pix of that step… Sorry…
Drew some lines on the rails by centering on 15” on the rule and measuring out 5 3/16” in both directions
And that’s as far as I got yesterday. This would take only a few hours if I had the time to devote to it, but precious Shop time is coming brief and intermittently lately…
I hope to have this done by the end of the weekend, but who knows? Stay tuned though! I’ll keep you all apprised of any new developments… :)
-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.