Pine Blanket Trunk

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Project by oldguy2 posted 03-16-2019 04:01 PM 671 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This pine trunk chest will be a graduation present. Size 36 L x 18 H x 18 w. I made the sides and ends from 1×12 and 1×3 glued and biscuited. And the Top is 4 pine boards biscuited oversized and then cut to size. I wanted the top to gain some space so a 2 inch strip was screwed on and filled with dowels, this also gave more room for the hinges I used. 3 large 3 inch brass hinges ( not shown ) The trunk was prestained with minwax preseal, and that was easy to work with. This was Cypress color from some brand and I had 3 cans on sale. a nice medium color by my sample. I wanted the trim to add this look. I made it by using many extra pieces of pine I had and resawing them from 3/4 to centered and getting a nice almost 3/8, so I did more pieces than needed and featherboards helped keep this a true cut. I had to do very little sanding on the back side. I don’t have a pin nailer so I used 1 inch brad nails and all the hand work was slow and a lot of filler but worth it. I trimmed the ends first so the front overlapped the sides and only the long edge shows, very little end grain to conceal. I guess the pictures show the knots more than I planned but that happens. The bottom is 1/2 plywood for strength screwed to the bottom of the case and painted white inside and out, 2 coats. then the trim covers it up. The brass hardware I bought most at my Lowes store , hinges and latch, and an Ace store for the 8 corner pieces and the 2 brass handles. I thought ahead to premount the hardward before staining, then take it off. This helped with aligning and finishing. I gave the top an extra coating of brush on poly after everything had two coats. I have used tension hinges on other chests but I thought the chain looked the part for this chest. The two hardest parts were the tiny screws for the corner plates, I used mini screwdrivers for this and predrilled holes : the other hard part was reaching in 15 inches to shellac and polyurathane the inside of the chest.

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#1 posted 03-16-2019 08:37 PM

Kooks GREAT…..That will be a nice gift for a lucky graduate….GREAT Job !

-- K. Stone “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin

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#2 posted 03-16-2019 08:52 PM

Very nicely done.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#3 posted 03-16-2019 09:17 PM

Nice looking chest and a job well done for a graduate. I’ll take pine any day, especially syp, over any other wood out there.
Thanks for sharing.

-- Bruce Free Plans

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#4 posted 03-18-2019 11:51 AM

Very nicely chest and a great graduation gift.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 03-19-2019 04:24 PM

Cool looking chest. I’ve been wanting to do a similar project for some time, this has given me some inspiration.

-- The plan is wrong; my finished piece is right.

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