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Storage Trunk


maggiejnyc
maggiejnyc
maggiejnyc
maggiejnyc

I was asked to make this trunk for someone who needed space to store a vacuum cleaner. Dimensions ended up being 2x2x4 feet. My biggest challenge was not to make it look like a wooden box or coffin. So it needed strong "accents". I needed to stay within my budget so cast iron hardware was out of question. Plus I couldn't find one that was big enough. So I ended up using wood and metal bolts. Challenge was not to drill through the wood and use fasteners. So I used frostner bit, cut the bolts short and made them fit tight in the hole so they wouldn't fall out. My biggest challenge yet was squaring my ryobi sliding miter saw which somehow came loose and everything I was cutting was 1-2 millimeters off so I had to correct everything using circular saw, sander with 40 grid sanding paper and wood filler. That was quite time consuming and frustrating. However the end effect was amazing. I got tons of positive feedback on it. And people already asking me to make them one! The one thing I am extremely glad to learn from that project is that trick with bolts. I am planning on revamping my door using that same trick.

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  • The hardware really completes the whole project, you're right! What a great problem-solver you are. This is a great build- congrats!
    By RYOBI Nation, on May 17, 2017

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Storage Trunk

by maggiejnyc
May 14, 2017

I was asked to make this trunk for someone who needed space to store a vacuum cleaner. Dimensions ended up being 2x2x4 feet. My biggest challenge was not to make it look like a wooden box or coffin. So it needed strong "accents". I needed to stay within my budget so cast iron hardware was out of question. Plus I couldn't find one that was big enough. So I ended up using wood and metal bolts. Challenge was not to drill through the wood and use fasteners. So I used frostner bit, cut the bolts short and made them fit tight in the hole so they wouldn't fall out. My biggest challenge yet was squaring my ryobi sliding miter saw which somehow came loose and everything I was cutting was 1-2 millimeters off so I had to correct everything using circular saw, sander with 40 grid sanding paper and wood filler. That was quite time consuming and frustrating. However the end effect was amazing. I got tons of positive feedback on it. And people already asking me to make them one! The one thing I am extremely glad to learn from that project is that trick with bolts. I am planning on revamping my door using that same trick.