"Steamer" trunks

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Project by TCrossan posted 09-17-2013 02:50 AM 2800 views 13 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made these two “Steamer trunks” for my two younger grandsons.
They are built from cherry and red oak. I planed the red oak to 1/2” to reduce weight. They ended up weighing about 25lbs each. They measure 22”h x36”w x about 19”d. I didn’t make trays for them as the kids are very young and they would be probably taken outside to the yard for collecting boy treasures!! Maybe layer when they are older I’ll build them.
I kind of like the mix of red woods and fine and coarse grain. I sprayed them with pre cat lacquer hand rubbed effect and used no stain.
Lesson learned: when you are just about finished with a project do not try to take short cuts to save time.
While one trunk was on saw horses, I decided to slide the horses out of the way to make room for something WITHOUT taking the trunk off first. Yep, you guessed it! If fell on the floor so,I has to rebuild the end of one of the lids. Stupid is as stupid does!!
I also found that nice solid brass hardware is either REALLY expensive or practically non existent. Hence no corner braces.
They came out pretty good I think.

I don’t know what happened to the pictures. They were full size when I posted them.
I’ll have to find some more shots and post them in a day or 3.

-- Jn. 14:6

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#1 posted 09-17-2013 03:21 AM

Very nicely done. I’m sure your grandsons will treasure your work.

-- 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 09-17-2013 03:27 AM

Hello TCrossan, I think you’re Right, they did turn up pretty good I’m sure the Grandsons will appreciate them,
Well Done.
Cheers Tony.

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#3 posted 09-17-2013 03:31 AM

Looking really nice. I like the way the oak and cherry look together.

-- So much wood, so little time.

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#4 posted 09-17-2013 01:12 PM

These are really nice. My father-in-law made a really nice cradle and toy box when my kids were born. He put an inscription and the date inside of each so when they were older they would remember when he made them. When they each had kids their babies used the cradle. I don’t know how old your grandsons are but I’m sure if not now one day they will treasure those trunks. It’s a nice thing you did and the craftsmanship looks great.

The website below has steamer trunk hardware. I’ve never purchased from them but you might want to take a look if you still want corners. They have brass and nickle plated parts at what looks reasonably priced I think. Go to the products section.

-- Marty, Ohio

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#5 posted 09-17-2013 01:56 PM

Nice! Do you have a product list or plan set? I’d love to make one of these for my grandson. Not sure how to cut the top boards… angle? Hardware?

Well done!

-- Jerry... making sawdust in the Knobs of Southern Indiana

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#6 posted 09-17-2013 02:29 PM

Don’t worry about the pictures; your work (and gifts) are great!

-- Mike from Lansdowne, PA

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#7 posted 09-17-2013 02:34 PM

Very nice, I’ve thought about these as graduation gifts for my grandsons. My granddaughter got a blanket chest.

-- Jim, Nebraska

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#8 posted 09-17-2013 05:25 PM

Thanks Marty, for the source for hardware. I checked them out and they sell very little solid brass. This is what I found in my search. I even bought some solid brass corners on eBay and sure enough, when they arrived they said brass plated steel.
Maple rock, I have plans somewhere. I’ll dig them up and send you the link from which you can order them.

Thank y’all for the comments.
By the way, this was the first time I had ever used a lock miter bit! Worked out pretty good but use slow set glue.

-- Jn. 14:6

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#9 posted 09-17-2013 05:51 PM

You’ve done a fine job on these steamer trunks.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#10 posted 09-17-2013 06:42 PM

Awesome job. Love the contrasting woods, Def a heirloom to be treasured for years to come. Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#11 posted 09-17-2013 11:06 PM

Beautiful looking trunk, I too would like the link to the web site for the plans if you can find them.


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#12 posted 09-17-2013 11:15 PM

Great looking chest.

-- wood crafting & classes

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#13 posted 09-18-2013 10:43 AM

Beautiful steamer trunks…you did an awesome job…well done.

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

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#14 posted 09-18-2013 03:07 PM

Wow what a great set of trunks….. Amazing work…..

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

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#15 posted 09-29-2013 11:05 PM

beautiful! I’m curious as to the construction of the panels… are they floating in rails and stiles? It looks like the cherry is mortised and tenoned into the corner pieces…

Those contrasts are truly spectacular. I’m not normally a cherry guy, but I think you might have converted me!

-- You know I'm on the level 'cause my bubble's in the middle.

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