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Steamer Trunk

I got the plans for this trunk from Rockler some time back. When a friend invited us down to his beach house this past summer, I got inspired to build him a "treasure chest." Every beach house needs a place for pirate's treasure, right? We took it down to his beach house a few weeks ago, and it looks right at home there near the shore.

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Comment by Marty Rosenbloom on December 21, 2012 at 1:44pm

Sounds great...thanks for the response.



Comment by William Burton on December 21, 2012 at 1:24pm
Arrr, Arrr, Arrrr, a bounty on my head, LOL.

I mostly followed the Rockler plans, which use mortise & tenon, splined miter joints, and dados, etc. I used lock miter joints in a few places, but did not use the Kreg jig on this particular project. Some projects work well with pocket holes, but this one probably would not. The panels on the sides and top are only 1/4 in thick which would be tough to pocket drill.

The vanity I have just finished used lots of pocket holes. I plan to install it in our master bath this weekend, and will put up some photos then.
Comment by Marty Rosenbloom on December 21, 2012 at 10:09am


Beautiful job, but I have a question; Did you follow the Rockler plans to spec, or did you use the Kreg pocket holes? And if so, was it difficult to substitue in the pocket holes?

By the way, did you hear about the pirate who walked into a bar? The bartender said to him "you know you have paper towels on your head?" The pirate replied: "Aye, there is a bounty on my head"

Thanks, Marty

PS IF you used the pocketholes, then I know my next project!


Comment by James Williams on December 6, 2012 at 10:00am

That is a great looking trunk.

Comment by Al Barale on November 30, 2012 at 4:32pm

Beautiful job William, I really like it. I bet your friend was very happy when you took it down to his beach house. Thanks for sharing.

Comment by Claude Bradford on November 28, 2012 at 1:33pm

The trunk in itself is a treasure!  

Spotlessly made.

Comment by Jay Boutwell on November 26, 2012 at 11:21am

William, very attractive and excellent craftsmanship. Looks strong and mighty and fitting for a beach house or where ever it may land.  Like the hardware applications along with the banding makes this a very eye catching and attention getting chest.  Thank you for showing your work.


Comment by William Burton on November 26, 2012 at 7:56am
Thanks for the comment, David. This was something I have been wanting to build for several years -- I couldn't figure out where to put it in my own house, (though once I built it, the wife found a place she wanted to put it, so I may be building another one soon) but I knew it would be great in a beach house.
Comment by William Burton on November 26, 2012 at 7:54am
LOL, thanks James. It was a surprise for them. They have a great house right on the beach, and I knew it was something that would fit right in with their decor. Plus, my buddy who owns the house went to East Carolina, who are, of course, the Pirates.
Comment by James Waller on November 26, 2012 at 7:36am

Arhg matey, you did a fine job and me loot will no doubt fill her up, but I'll be needing 25 more cause thar's more treasure in me storage houses (caves). Now get back to work and don't forget to swab the deck of your workshop.

Did they know before you build it or was it a surprise?  Great job, btw!

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