Steamer trunk

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Project by Rasta posted 02-05-2010 12:25 AM 5286 views 4 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A steamer trunk I built from a woodsmith plan and hardware kit. Basicly a box with splines in the mitered corners and a frame and panel lid. I used oak plywood and solid walnut and once agian swear I’m never gonna use it again as I sanded through the almost non existent veneer. I hate, i hate , I hate plywood. Sounds like a good excus to try making my own veneer. The little guy in the last picture is who has been, uh , should I say destressing it for me, lol.

-- Roscoe in Iowa

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#1 posted 02-05-2010 12:28 AM

Great lookin trunk, even if you hate plywood.

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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#2 posted 02-05-2010 12:37 AM

Do you like plywood ? LOL It still looks swell.


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#3 posted 02-05-2010 12:48 AM

Thats a nice trunk.

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#4 posted 02-05-2010 12:58 AM

Looks great! A steamer trunk is near the top of my to-do list, so yours is helping to inspire me. I think I’ll avoid plywood, though!

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#5 posted 02-05-2010 01:03 AM

Give him a hammer, Point him in the right direction, then he will turn around & hit you with it. Just get it on video try to get your $10,000 FHV

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#6 posted 02-05-2010 01:52 AM

I have built a steamer trunk from the Rockler plans, I also have this plan from Woodsmith. I thought the plywood version would be less expensive. I really like your use of walnut and oak. There is a hardwood lumber supplier near my home that has hardwood ply that is supposed to have thicker veneer. Of course it is more expensive. Again yours looks very good

-- Dennis Trenton Ohio And life is worth the living just because He lives!

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#7 posted 02-05-2010 04:01 AM

I agree with you. Plywood as a veneer is not in my plans… but nice trunk.

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#8 posted 02-05-2010 04:09 AM

looks good

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#9 posted 02-05-2010 02:46 PM

Nice work and a real good looking trunk. I’m sorry you had the problems with it, but I will remember your experience because I’m about to make a firewood chest for our entry with frame and panels using oak veneered mdf panels. This was a good reminder to for me to handle it very carefully to minimize sanding and to sand by hand very carefully. Thanks for mentioning this in your post.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 02-05-2010 06:11 PM

Great looking trunk!
Nice looking grain pattern.
Wrench may be a little to big for you buddy to swing.

Plywood cost are not that much less than making a glued up panel.

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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#11 posted 02-05-2010 08:41 PM

I made two of the trunks from the kits 10 years ago for my two kiid, both maple on maple. WOW your wood selection is much better than mine was. It locks wonderful.

-- Garysharp "When sharpening woodworking tools, good enough,...isn't" “Your life’s complete only when your knowledge passes on”.

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#12 posted 02-05-2010 09:15 PM

Nice trunk, I think that wrench probably weighs more than the little guy.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#13 posted 02-05-2010 09:26 PM

I think it looks awesome. I love the contrast between the Oak and Walnut. You’ve got me wanting to build one now. Great job

-- It's not the breaths U take but the moments that take your breath away !!

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