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I made this trunk for my oldest daughter's moving off to college last year. I had a piece of curly maple and wanted to use some wormy beech somehow in something that would last.

I plan on making different trunks out of different woods and style for my next two kids as they go off to college in 2 and 4 years.

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Wow this is very nice trunk with those olden days style hardwares.
Great work!
 

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Beautiful trunk. Well made and nice design.
 

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Nice Trunk…Did you use the Rockler hardware?
 

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Gorgeous trunk,I'm certain your fledgling daughter loves it to bits.
 

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It is a gorgeous trunk. Did you design it or use plans? How heavy is it? I have a few years before my kids head off to college but I know they would love a trunk like this.
 

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Jim,

Started with the trunk plan from Rockler and made it with a flat top, so that my daughter can use it as a coffee table.

It is fairly heavy-around 30-35lbs. When it is slam full of stuff it takes two to move it.

Paul
 

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Great Job! I am sure also your daughter will love it and remember that her "Daddy" built it.
 

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That's beautiful trunk and loving father,

Cheers,

Rosewood.
 

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very nice a unique and interesting project well done.
 

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I like the look of the trunk, reminds me of Grandma's old steamer trunk. The dimensions and look of the chest is very eye appealing. How wide is it, I seen similiar plans on the net, but your chest seems to be a little bigger in some aspects or is it the camera angle? But the proportions seem just right. Is that a cedar wood flooring inside the chest?
 

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Great job on that one. I purchased the plans 6 months ago and still have not made mine. I am going to make it my Navy retirement sea chest/shadow box. That way when I die, the chest will hold my 23 year career to be passed down to one of my boys. Hope mine turns half as good…...BZ.
 

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For some stuff … all I can say is … Wow.

Really nice job!
 

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Great looking chest. I am sure it will be pasted down for many generations. Did you put your name and year somewhere on it?

Mike…..US Navy retired
 

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Richard,

Honestly finished this project about a year and a half ago, just found lumberjocks this morning and decided to post it. The angle probably adds to making this look large this is a classic steamer trunk 36w X 17h X 20d. Since I didn't want the top curved, I think it ended up being 16 3/4" tall.

My daughter is a pig and I put cedar in the bottom so that when she piled dirty clothes in they wouldn't stick. {What she doesn't know is that when she brought i home this summer, I took her junk out and lightly sanded the cedar so that it would still be aromatic.}.

My wife had a branding iron made for me at Woodcraft and so yes, I brand the things I make in an "out of sight line" place.

Paul
 

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Very nice, if this is the first off to college, you'll need to be making a tissue holder for your wife. Welcome to LJs.
 
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