My first steamer trunk

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Project by ncdon posted 03-05-2015 11:51 AM 2217 views 10 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first attempt at a steamer trunks. The basic trunk came from a woodworker Journal downloadable plan. I used the plans as a guide but really modified them quite a bit. This box is 36×20 x 15. I used 1/2 inch red oak ply vice 1/4 inch called out in the plan. My banding is 1/4 inch red oak vice 3/4. I used 3/4×3/4 quarter round, glued and screwed to reinforce the corners. I followed the plans a lot closer for the lid. The curved lid rafters are mortise and tenon joined to the lid rails the horizontals are 3/4 red oak and the panels are 1/4 oak ply laid into grooves in the horizontals. This trunk is large and heavy, I’ll be downsizing the next one to make it easier to handle. My original thinking was to build three, one for each of our daughters. I’m now up to six as daughters in law and wife have been added to the list.

-- Don, North Carolina, Working full time at retired.

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#1 posted 03-05-2015 01:48 PM

Looks nice!

I want to do something like this to go at foot of our bed although I’m thinking a flat top to double as place to sit down and put on shoes.

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#2 posted 03-05-2015 02:54 PM

Great looking trunk. It is no wonder that you have requests for several more!

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#3 posted 03-05-2015 03:03 PM

Nice design and fine work. Looks great.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#4 posted 03-05-2015 07:23 PM

That turned bout so nicely.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#5 posted 03-05-2015 10:31 PM

That looks awesome, makes me want to get on a pirate ship.

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#6 posted 03-05-2015 11:18 PM

I have the magazine that came in. I’ve always wanted to make it. Looks like it came out really nice. From memory I think the original had a different handle on it?

-- -Steven Peck,

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#7 posted 03-05-2015 11:45 PM


I always wanted to make one and turn it into a beer cooler, cool chest and nicely done

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#8 posted 03-06-2015 01:02 AM

Well, that’s a great looking steamer chest! And isn’t it funny how more and more people want one…......?!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#9 posted 03-06-2015 02:56 AM

Love it, looks great and I love that you put a radiused,(ark), top on it…

-- Tomy Hovington

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#10 posted 03-06-2015 06:44 AM

Beautiful Trunk Don! Congats!

-- Don't Worry About What People Think! They Don't Do It Very Often Anyway!

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#11 posted 03-13-2015 07:14 PM

My original thinking was to build three, one for each of our daughters. I’m now up to six as daughters in law and wife have been added to the list.

And the List will grow even more , Grand Daughters are on thier way before you know it.

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