|Project by Brett||posted 09-17-2011 10:35 AM||2056 views||7 times favorited||9 comments|
This is a mahogany steamer trunk that I completed last December (2010) for my oldest son. It was actually supposed to be a present for his 12th birthday that was in June of 2009! I guess I’m a little slow.
I used a plan from The New Yankee Workshop and I changed it up some for my liking. The dimensions are 36” wide x 18” deep and about 22” high. By the numbers, it’s size doesn’t sound that big but, it is seems larger when it is all put together. One of the changes that I made was adding the sliding/removable tray on the inside. That wasn’t in the plan originally but it seemed like there needed to be something else with it besides just being a box.
At first, I wanted to have a blacksmith make some hinges for it however, price soon put a stop to that. Then I thought that I would make them, yeah right. I did make the straps that run from the front, over the top and down the back out of some steel that I picked up from HD. I also made the handles out of the same piece that I used for the straps. I wanted a rugged look to the hardware and boy, did I get it! The handles are rugged but I take pride in the fact that I made them from an idea in my head. Isn’t that why we do this stuff anyway?
I used, I don’t remember how many, coats of shellac sanding sealer to fill the grain some and then I wiped on about 3 coats of poly. It could have been more coats of poly but I don’t remember exactly how many. I always put on at least 3 coats so I know that much is on it. There is a deep green velvet liner in the bottom, a turned knob on the front and a rope to hold the lid, with little whippings on the ends in red embroidery thread to add some small special touches to make it a unique gift.
This is kind of like a boys hope chest for my son. Our hope (Mom and I) is that we would be able to encourage him to fill his life with meaningful treasure that would not just be helpful in this life but, more importantly, in the life to come. That is what this box was presented to him as.
Thanks for looking!
-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16 http://www.TheCrookedNail.blogspot.com