Wardrobe Trunk

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Project by PebbleCreek posted 08-20-2013 10:53 PM 6571 views 13 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a Wardrobe Trunk made as a wedding gift. It’s modeled after early 1900’s Steamer Trunks with drawers on the left and a hanging section to the right. The drawers are popular with cherry fronts finished in Mahogany veneer. Finish is a simple shellac and wax. The outside is a plywood case covered in fabric with a fo-leather edging, leather handles, brass hardware and furniture tacks. The runners are sapele to match the leather work. The inside of the hanger is fabric with a fleur de lis pattern to symbolize New Orleans, the brides hometown. I also included a false bottom secret compartment on one of the drawers. It’s held in place by a magnet with ribbon pulls to open.

Start to finish took around 80 hours, I had made a half size model before attempting the full size one which took me a bit longer but I was worth it to get the practice. I hope you enjoy the pics.

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#1 posted 08-20-2013 11:28 PM

Very nicely done—attractive.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#2 posted 08-21-2013 12:38 AM

Great looking wardrobe trunk…you did an excellent job….well done.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#3 posted 08-21-2013 01:23 AM

You did a wonderful job. It’s beautiful. Makes me curious…how they will use it. It would be a “show-off” in my house

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#4 posted 08-21-2013 10:38 AM

Beautiful piece. That’s the kind of luggage that makes you want to travel just so people can see you with it.

I do have a question, though. How are the drawers secured? Is there something to keep them from sliding open during rough travel, if the other half is not full?

-- Yussef, Philadelphia,

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#5 posted 08-21-2013 01:13 PM

Great questions, nothing gets by you guys.

@Gary, Their apartment doesn’t have any closets so they will be using it as a dresser/hanger. I wanted to make them a nice piece of furniture for the wedding, but since they live in a small apartment I was concerned about making something that would just be in the way. We had discussed a couple of possibilities and this was the idea they liked.

@Yussef, the original trunks would have two wooden strips placed on the hanging side that would, when closed “lock” the drawers in place. They would also use leather or cloth drawers, I didn’t notice that when I made the smaller model, but I really liked the look of the wood drawers I kept them for the full size as well. Since this one is more dresser than luggage I left the drawer “locks” off.

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#6 posted 08-21-2013 07:46 PM

Thanks. I just thought there was something I wasn’t seeing.

Interesting alternative to a dresser. I like it. A lot.

-- Yussef, Philadelphia,

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#7 posted 08-23-2013 12:29 AM

Really nicely done! Reminds me of ‘Joe vs the volcano’; Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Abe Vegoda. Steamer trunks have a promanent role in that movie.

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#8 posted 08-23-2013 09:06 PM

Very cool trunk dresser! Great design and execution. Like the wood colors and the secret compartments. Excellent work!

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#9 posted 01-30-2014 02:43 AM

That is awesome. Looks complicated.

-- Jose

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#10 posted 02-01-2014 07:50 PM

looks great do you by chance have the plans for this????

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#11 posted 02-02-2014 01:42 AM

Sorry, no plans.. just a bunch of scrap paper that I worked out the dimensions on. I got the overall size from antique sites that had originals.

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#12 posted 08-16-2014 02:57 AM

Its like a vintage type of cabinet, is that a door with a design or a cushion inside it? I have got used cabinet with replaced door from, and need some fixes because it was already used, maybe I could try the idea.

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#13 posted 08-16-2014 02:59 AM

Its from this link instead..

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