Steamer Trunk

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Project by SnowyRiver posted 05-15-2009 11:02 PM 6907 views 8 times favorited 39 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a steamer trunk that I did for my son and fiancee’s wedding which was on June 6th, 2009.
The trunk is made from reclaimed American Chestnut. The plan came from The New Yankee Workshop series, but I did make some changes. I excluded the wooden feet and put on brass studs for feet. I also used drawbolts for the cover. I thought that the metal straps on the cover looked better terminating into the hinges on the back, and also terminating into the drawbolts on the front. I also built a shelf that fits in a wooden support bracket inside the top edge of the trunk. I chose to use a lock set rather than a knob on the lid. I also added an antique metal rosette on each end of the lid. Otherwise its pretty much Norm’s plan.

The finish is an oil based stain from Minwax called Early American, and there are four coats of orange shellac covering it.

Again my poor photography skills are showing up. The color is more like the dark pictures rather than the lighter picture showing the hinges.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#1 posted 05-15-2009 11:15 PM

I like this very nicely done thanks for showing


-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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#2 posted 05-15-2009 11:57 PM

Nice job. I’ve been thinking about making a mini version of something like this. Such projects would be helped if I could find reasonably priced metal fittings or a handy blacksmith.

-- Stanley generally struggling

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#3 posted 05-16-2009 12:06 AM

This is a great looking chest, I like the hardware look. First time for me to ever see American chestnut. Is the grain texture similar to oak ?

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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#4 posted 05-16-2009 12:12 AM

looks realy good thanks for posting i will add this to my “to do list”

-- self proclaimed copycat

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#5 posted 05-16-2009 01:59 AM

That Chestnut looks fantastic. Great job and thanks for sharing.

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#6 posted 05-16-2009 02:19 AM

wow nice Wayne that looks great. Where’s the steam LOL

-- Custom furniture

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#7 posted 05-16-2009 02:23 AM

They will love this heirloom.

-- Father of two sons. Both Eagle Scouts.

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#8 posted 05-16-2009 02:35 AM

Great looking chest. Will be a family treasure for years to come.

You might consider waiting on the picture, and use a wedding photo. I am sure they would let you take the chest back to add this touch, after the wedding.

Looks great.

Kep it up.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#9 posted 05-16-2009 02:49 AM

Very nice workmanship….Beautiful wood…. and great wedding gift…

Thanks for sharing…


-- Happy and safe woodworking,

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#10 posted 05-16-2009 04:55 AM

A beautiful piece.

-- Living is a constant gamble, life is about working the odds in your favour

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#11 posted 05-16-2009 05:38 AM

Terrific piece. Love the choice of wood.

-- Duane, Ohio

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#12 posted 05-16-2009 08:35 AM

Great workmanship and very beautiful trunk!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#13 posted 05-17-2009 05:25 PM

If they dont like this there is something wrong….

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#14 posted 05-17-2009 10:48 PM

Thanks for all the nice comments everyone.

And griff, the grain is a bit wider than oak and the wood is not quite as dense, but it’s a strong wood and cuts much easier than oak. I added a picture of what the wood looks like after the reclaimed wood was planed so you can see the grain a bit better.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#15 posted 05-18-2009 06:29 PM

Is this the one that you had wanted to keep the wood looking its Natural color ?

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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