Sam's Steamer Trunk

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Project by crashman posted 03-31-2012 02:42 PM 2344 views 4 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my Grandson Sam’s Steamer Trunk that I never got posted. My first attempt with dovetails. Construction is from Red Oak, with Cedar closet liner. Jack

-- Jack R. Ellis

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#1 posted 03-31-2012 02:44 PM

That is very nice, hopefully it’s an heirloom passed on to generations

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#2 posted 03-31-2012 02:44 PM

What a great box! A work of art.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#3 posted 03-31-2012 03:34 PM


-- Don, Somerset UK,

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#4 posted 03-31-2012 04:06 PM

That’s beautiful Jack.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#5 posted 03-31-2012 04:15 PM

Fantastic job Jack the tag is the icing on the cake.

-- Custom furniture

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#6 posted 03-31-2012 05:34 PM

Very nice Jack – this looks like the Woodsmith plan, which calls for plywood – but you used hardwood and dovetails….much better choice! I’m thinking of making one of these myself so thanks for the inspiration!

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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#7 posted 03-31-2012 07:17 PM

Nice steamer trunk, I build chest and trunks and I never thought about using dovetail and real wood on a steamer trunk, but I think it worked out well with yours. I may have to borrow from your design (feel free to borrow from my projects). I also noticed you built another trunk from a plan. Is there a difference in weight between Jacks and Sam’s trunks. I like how you modified the inside of this one, it is very crisp and neat in design. I look forward in seeing your future projects.

Also the name plate was a nice added touch.

-- Richard Boise, Idaho

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#8 posted 03-31-2012 10:40 PM


-- Jesus was the original carpenter...that never scabbed on IRONWOKERS

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#9 posted 03-31-2012 11:50 PM

Great piece. It will be in the family for generations.

-- Lizardhead---Yeah but it's a dry heat--Tempe, Az

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#10 posted 04-01-2012 12:06 AM

Beautiful trunk. good choice of wood and hardware, too…..........Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#11 posted 04-01-2012 02:56 AM

Richard, Thanks for the generous comments. I think Jack & Sam’s trunks weigh about the same (HEAVY). This is the only trunk I have built with the solid Oak, 3 others with plywood The solid wood is the way to go, the plywood is not very forgiving even for minor errors and the solid wood gives you the ability to grain match, which I have started doing since I built my trunks. The plan I used was from Rockler but I eliminated the curved top that was above my skill & tool level @ that time, I used the lid plan from the wood whisperer site, much easier & still looks great…....Jack

-- Jack R. Ellis

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#12 posted 04-01-2012 04:34 PM

Yes I like the ability to grain match, as for the weight I am thinking to build one maybe 2/3 to scale of a full size one to keep the weight down. I just hope the hardware doesn’t look oversized when I put it together. I wish Rockler or other company had more types of hardware to choose from.

-- Richard Boise, Idaho

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#13 posted 04-01-2012 11:13 PM

Richard, The wood Wisperer used hardware from Lee Valley???? , I could not find anything I liked for hardware there. The Rockler stuff is OK except I Think the main key Latch is a little “cheesey” to say the least. I would pay more for better quality hardware considering the amount of work that goes into one of these chests better quality hardware would be a +......................Jack

-- Jack R. Ellis

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