Steamer Truck

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Project by Mark Davisson posted 07-09-2009 02:57 AM 2691 views 6 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a wedding present for my son, Kyle, and his bride, Kelly. It is the biggest project I have undertaken so far, and it taught me a lot. I have already started another trunk and am trying to not repeat the mistakes I made on this one.

Red oak with 200-year old, black walnut “straps.” Rockler hardware kit.

Three coats of clear polyacrylic, semi-gloss.

-- I'm selfless because it feels so good!

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#1 posted 07-09-2009 03:07 AM

very nice work. I hope they enjoy it.

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#2 posted 07-09-2009 03:11 AM

Hey Mark
Very cool trunk well done looks great

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 07-09-2009 03:11 AM

what a beautiful trunk and a very nice gift…nothing like a wood gift to warm the heart, you did a wonderful job..have fun with the next one..grizzman

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#4 posted 07-09-2009 04:28 AM

Amazing! Looks awesome. If there were “mistakes” as you called them, they certainly aren’t visible in these photos.

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#5 posted 07-09-2009 04:34 AM

Wow! Very nicely done. I’ve not seen a Steamer Trunk done in Red Oak, but it sure looks sharp. Nice touch!

-- Kansas City, KS "Nothing is as permanent as a temporary solution"

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#6 posted 07-09-2009 05:01 AM

These things I see; talent, dedication, pride, craftsmanship. These things I don’t see; mistakes.

-- tim hill

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#7 posted 07-09-2009 09:06 AM

Great looking trunk. I made one similar with the curved top. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#8 posted 07-09-2009 01:55 PM

Man, that`s a great looking trunk! You did a superb job.
I feel like the sign of a master craftsman is being able to
cover up his mistakes.
Thanks for sharing it with us.

-- ''Carry on my wayward son''

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#9 posted 07-09-2009 02:17 PM

Yes, very nice trunk indeed. I like the design.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#10 posted 07-09-2009 02:19 PM

Hey Mark,
Outstanding job…...very well done.

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#11 posted 07-09-2009 02:48 PM

Agreed with what everyone has said…very well done, This will become a family treasure and heirloom that will be passed down for generations !!

-- Don S.E. OK

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#12 posted 07-09-2009 05:07 PM

A beautiful wedding gift. Skillfully made and artfully finished.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#13 posted 07-09-2009 05:31 PM

Dang it looks great!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#14 posted 07-09-2009 09:35 PM

Wow that looks so cool do you have drawings to share or would you be prepaired to do a blog on how to PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE ….....................


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

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#15 posted 07-09-2009 11:18 PM

Thanks, everyone, for the wonderful and gracious comments!

Andy, I bought the plans from Rockler. It so happens that, just as I was beginning on this project, Mark Spagnuolo at created a video blog on making this exact trunk! Visit his site and click around in his Video Archive – the series of 4 videos is entitled “Duane’s Steamer Trunk.”

-- I'm selfless because it feels so good!

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