1931 Chevrolet Trunk Stand

  • Advertise with us
Project by DrDirt posted 09-11-2009 03:58 AM 3474 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Very simple woodworking project really.
My father in law gave us this restored car trunk from the 30’s which is leather wrapped oak.
THese mounted on a bumper rack of cars in that era.

Anyway, I needed to build a stand for this gift. THe trunk itself has small bun style feet on it which is why the center stretchers are located close to the ends. The trunk sits recessed into the apron, to keep the young ones from pushing it off of a table top.

All construction started with 4/4 Red Oak. The legs are laminated, and though the grain match is good on the faces, there is no hiding on the top of the legs that it is laminated. Cut tenons on the table saw (Dado) and the mortises with a 1/4 in router bit. The leg mortices on a router table, and while the apron mortices were cut with a a palm router and straight edge. Used a 1/2 inch pattern bit to trim the inside corners of the legs to form a smooth recess around the leather trunk edges.

Finish is 3 coats waterlox followed by a coating of Briwax clear.

Very basic, only took – 2 1/2 days from rough stock to sitting in the guest room.

-- “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Mark Twain

4 comments so far

View a1Jim's profile


117083 posts in 3570 days

#1 posted 09-11-2009 04:01 AM

The real stand for a 1931chevy trunk is a 1931 chevy :-)) nice stand

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

View dustyal's profile


1293 posts in 3468 days

#2 posted 09-11-2009 04:13 AM

Would not have guessed Chevy… maybe a Buick… but, your nice show it off stand does it justice.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

View DrDirt's profile


4424 posts in 3735 days

#3 posted 09-11-2009 06:51 AM

Good point Jim – here I added the car at the 2006 Vintage Chevy show in Grand Junction Colorado. Actually my father in law will be showing it in Topeka, KS the weekend of Sept 19 so we are looking forward to their visit.
I’ve helped clean and trailer it, but haven’t driven it…..yet ;-)
1931 Chevrolet Phaeton Landau

-- “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Mark Twain

View MsDebbieP's profile


18615 posts in 4153 days

#4 posted 09-12-2009 02:10 PM

a treasure!! Nicely done.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics