Lumber Trunk

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Project by Ben Robinson posted 03-11-2010 09:47 AM 44304 views 191 times favorited 96 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I needed a multi-function piece for the the back porch that fit the bill of trunk, bench and coffee table. I didn’t want to create a standard trunk, and took inspiration from the stacked lumber benches I saw at Millennium Park in Chicago. I created what looks like a stack of 2×8 at first glance, but is actually hollow on the inside. It rides on 2” casters so it can be moved around easily. It can hold almost all of the cushions shown in picture 5. It functions nicely as a coffee / diner table for the couch and seats around 4 people. It’s not fine furniture, I know, but it looks interesting and fills many purposes.

-- Ben, Atlanta,

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#1 posted 03-11-2010 09:49 AM

i love that!, awesome idea!

-- if you dont have it, build it, especially when its a stupid idea

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#2 posted 03-11-2010 09:58 AM

You made a stack of lumber into a stack of lumber great idea! and from picture 5 a hell of a tight rope walker too


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#3 posted 03-11-2010 10:05 AM

Glad you guys like it! I was actually standing on the peak of my roof when I took the photo. The “tightropes” are actually some lighting strands I made that give the whole backyard a nice glow.

-- Ben, Atlanta,

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#4 posted 03-11-2010 10:10 AM

Nice job, it looks great. When I opened this one, I clicked on the second picture right away and thought that it was a stack of black walnut. I was really jealous for a sec…... Now I’m just jealous.

-- Cheers and God Bless

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#5 posted 03-11-2010 10:17 AM

haha that is awesome! at first I thought it was a stack of lumber that you were going to make the trunk out of lol!

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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#6 posted 03-11-2010 10:40 AM

That neat!! I like it, great job. Welocme to LJ!!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#7 posted 03-11-2010 12:03 PM

cool idea :)

-- hrvoje

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#8 posted 03-11-2010 01:36 PM

super clever, i quite like the idea. you had me completely fooled on the first couple of pictures.

-- Every neighborhood has an eccentric neighbor. I wondered for years "who was ours?" Then I realized it was me.

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#9 posted 03-11-2010 01:37 PM

very cool.

-- Greg, Severn MD

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#10 posted 03-11-2010 02:05 PM

That is cool, great idea. If I put one of those on my deck, I think my wife would poop a pickle then kick me out though. I am always accussed of junkin up the place. But I can see a place for a thingk like that in my future shop.
Thanks for posting

-- Even a broken clock is right twice a day, unless, it moves at half speed like ....-As the Saw Turns

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#11 posted 03-11-2010 02:39 PM

I’m with Andrew above.
My real boss is always yelling at me for leaving lumber laying around, but I think one of those would be a cool shop addition.
Great job!

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#12 posted 03-11-2010 02:40 PM

Very unique! that is what I think the best part of woodworking is, Being creativity.

-- I live in a lonely place called reality

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#13 posted 03-11-2010 02:51 PM

I’m officially stealing this idea.

-- Tony, Ohio

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#14 posted 03-11-2010 03:02 PM

i am stealing it also thanks for sharing really neat idea

-- ElmoSr,Ga. Life is Hard by the Yard,,,But a Cinch by the Inch

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#15 posted 03-11-2010 03:03 PM

Cool idea and chest. That rocks!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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