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Blog series by thewoodwhisperer updated 1961 days ago 4 parts 13179 reads 21 comments total

Part 1: Duane's Steamer Trunk Pt. 1

2005 days ago by thewoodwhisperer | 8 comments »

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...

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Part 2: Duane's Steamer Trunk Pt. 2

1981 days ago by thewoodwhisperer | 5 comments »

Moving right along, we continue cutting and assembling parts for the steamer trunk. I spend a good deal of time on techniques that will help you when working with plans. The key is to realize that some parts need to be cut using measurements from your project, NOT from the plan itself. I also spend some time creating the thicker top panels, since they are not as simple as they appear from the outside. Now that all the joinery is pretty much complete, I show you an alternative method ...

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Part 3: Duane's Steamer Trunk #3

1973 days ago by thewoodwhisperer | 4 comments »

In this episode, I go over some pre-finishing tips and finish the inside of the trunk. I then go through the entire assembly and glueup process from start to finish. I then discuss the trunk’s lid, which is different from the original plan. You can download a Sketchup plan for the lid here. Once the lid is glued up, I realize that rushing through this project has resulted in a number of errors. So I fix them. I know how you guys love it when I make mistakes so you won’t be disa...

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Part 4: Duane's Steamer Trunk #4

1961 days ago by thewoodwhisperer | 4 comments »

The final installment of the Steamer Trunk series. I apply the faux walnut straps, apply the water-based finish using my HVLP turbine, and install the tansu hardware. All in all, this was a great project that really reinforces simple frame and panel construction. At the end of the video, I even have a little update on Duane’s progress on his trunks. Things are coming along nicely. Best of luck to you Duane! And if you would like to donate to the cause, please check out the fo...

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