Duane's Steamer Trunk #1: Duane's Steamer Trunk Pt. 1

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Blog entry by thewoodwhisperer posted 02-24-2009 05:51 PM 8892 reads 6 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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On to our next project: a steamer trunk. This project was built and filmed in an effort to assist my new friend, Duane. The video gives the whole story. And here is a forum thread about the project: Wood Whisperer Forum

This first part focuses on building the frames that make up the sides of the trunk case. I cover numerous topics, but I spend a significant amount of time on grain matching. And since I don’t work with plans on the show very often, I thought it would be good to review some tips, tricks, and overall strategy for working with plans. I am incorporating a few notable changes to the original plan. First is the joinery of the corner “legs”. I will be using a rabbet instead of a reinforced miter. The second, and most dramatic change is the top. The plan calls for an arched top, and I have opted for a square top.

For the Sketchup File of the new revised top, click here. For a PDF version of the new top, click here.
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Steamer Trunk PlanSteamer Trunk Plan and Hardware
This plan shows you how to build your very own classic trunk…

Steamer Trunk Plan and Hardware

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8 comments so far

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#1 posted 02-24-2009 06:49 PM

Mark this might be a nice chance to show something I’ve always wanted to see done. A quartsawn white oak trunck would look awsome if it were fumed. Infact I’m working on a table out of the same stuff that I was thinking of trying it on. It would be nice to see a demo before I attempt it. What do you think.

-- Rogue

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#2 posted 02-24-2009 07:00 PM

Well the trunk is already complete. I am actually filming the hardware installation today and its a done deal. I kept the finish simple on this one and kept it natural.

If you need some tips on the process, just email me and I would be glad to point you in the right direction.

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#3 posted 02-24-2009 08:50 PM

Wow that was fast! I’m just getting started on mine.

-- BarryR Virginia

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#4 posted 02-24-2009 09:44 PM

The plan looks great. I can’t wait to see the finished product. Duane is lucky to have a friend like you nearby. (Any chance of you moving to sunny, cold, and wet Kansas City?) 8-)

-- He said wood...

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#5 posted 02-25-2009 12:48 AM

Made one of these for a Christmas present. Turned out great if you care to look at my projects. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#6 posted 02-25-2009 06:15 AM

Wow I always wanted to make one of these. Now I have something to look forward to once the floors are done! Thanks Mark!

-- sues

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#7 posted 02-25-2009 04:55 PM

Mark, you have got a big hart. I will surely give this project a try sometime in the future

-- Martin, Gatineau, Qu├ębec

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#8 posted 03-27-2009 05:41 AM

I always enjoy watching your videos. I never fail to learn something new.

-- Pyromedic602, free wood is always good wood

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