red trunk

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Project by freitag posted 03-11-2008 05:29 AM 1284 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I saw a picture of something like this a year or so ago online. This is the second of two that I made. The first was a Christmas present for my 3 year old nephew. The second one you see here is for an outdoor garden area where is has been for the last year until my recent bathroom remodel. No artificial distressing here! It now covers up the laundry chute to the basement laundry room until I finish the piece of furniture that is supposed to go there.

It is made of pine and put together with glue and screws, no fancy joinery on this one. Just something quick to have a place to set my beer in the garden and store some tools. On the front I have mounted an old Craftsman reel lawnmower hubcap for fun. In the future I’d like to experiment a little more of this type of mixing woodworking with found objects. The hubcap used to be a lot shinier though.

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#1 posted 03-11-2008 08:47 AM

It does look weathered. Nice chest but it doesn’t fit that spot. Of course I understand that it’s just a temporary solution

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#2 posted 03-11-2008 11:18 AM

Pretty cool chest Friday. Yea I spent a year in Deutchland while in the Army. I like the hub it adds pizaz. Mike

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

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#3 posted 03-11-2008 11:41 AM

Hi Freitag

This is a sturdy looking chest and it solves an immediate need by covering up the laundry chute. I can understand also why you gave it to your nephew. Something like this will stand up to all the abuses that a three year old is capable of inflicting on furniture and it would serve as a very practical solution to the dilemma of where to put all the toys.

Thanks for sharing

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 03-11-2008 12:14 PM

I love it. Nice to see some COLOR to liven up the patio/porch or just the yard. Are you going to put a liner in it so that you can ice down your adult beverages?

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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#5 posted 03-11-2008 01:34 PM

Well, that certainly is a sturdy looking chest. The hubcap sure adds interest.

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#6 posted 03-11-2008 01:38 PM

I LIKE IT!!! While I love the intricate fine furniture and stuff on this site I also appreciate some of the crafty no-nonsense simple things too! The color, found objects and remnants wood used is great. Good job!

-- --Chuck

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#7 posted 03-11-2008 07:11 PM

I’m with grovemadman, I really like this, the scale, color, hucap, everything. I have a horrible time keeping projects simple, but this is just it! It may sound strange but a simple piece such as this will be noticed, not for complex joinery or a mirror like finish, but rather because it simply works! I would like to see a picture that shows more of the wall/corner or even the room in which the trunk sits. I love the contrast between the white wainscoating and the red trunk, that’s a bold choice, most people are afraid of color. The hat rack seems to accent the hubcap perfectly, simple simple simple, wonderful work my friend.

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#8 posted 03-11-2008 07:28 PM

Yea, this is really cool. It actually looks very sophisticated and expensive. You had some great ideas which came together well.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#9 posted 03-13-2008 05:17 AM

Thanks for all the feedback. Harold, I’ll see if I can add a picture of the rest of the room the trunk in sitting in. That might qualify as its own project page. I did all the wainscotting and trim work myself, there is also a built in I made for next to the sink.

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