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Steamer Trunk Plan

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This plan shows you how to build your very own classic trunk. Steamer trunks make attractive storage chests when adorned with our locks, catches, corners and real leather handles. Today's Woodworker (issue 29) has the plans to build your own classic trunk. Trunk hardware blends function with beauty. Hardware kits available in brass or antique brass (#94441 and #74354, each sold separately).

(1) Steamer Trunk Plan
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Brand Rockler
Weight 0.1000
Tech Spec
  • Finished Project Measures: 36" W x 17" H x 20" D
Technical Documents
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GM project. Made It for my daughter-in-law. She lobes it.
July 12, 2019
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
complete plans
looks like a complete plan
June 13, 2019
7 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Enjoyable build
Very easy to understand drawings. Lots of piddly joints but an enjoyable build. I used the lock miter bit for all the corners since I decided against the brass corner pieces.
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April 28, 2019
over 2 years ago
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Good project to start with.
My dad and I bought the plans. He's planning on building 6 of them for his granddaughters. I built one just as a project. The plans were well written and easy to follow. Some of the measurements didn't seem to work out for both of us but was pretty easy to adapt.
Walnut,  oak, and purple heart with brass hardware kit
Oak and walnut with antique brass hardware kit
February 23, 2019
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Great project, plans, and finished trunks.
Great plans and instructions. Built 2 simultaneously for adult sons, in leu of grand inheritance.
March 29, 2018
over 4 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Plans great starting point
Used the palns as a starting point for this project. Hardware kit was a perfect fit.
December 23, 2017
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
My Rockler Steamer trunk
My first project and it was great. The plans are easy for an intermediate builder but us rank amateurs had to scratch our heads a couple of times. I plan to build more and maybe use other wood, who knows.
My Rockler steamer trunk
My Rockler steamer trunk
June 20, 2017
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Steamer Trunk Plans
A very good set of plans as well as the price.
January 17, 2017
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
great grandson
I was looking for something to make my great grandson.for his second birthday. that he would keep for a life time and may be pass down to his son.your plans made that dream come true thank you .
August 31, 2015
over 4 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Great looking chest
I made this for my grandson for his graduation. This was fun to make. His other grand-parents couldn't get over how beautiful

it looks. They may confiscate it. Ha! Anyway, the plans are easy to follow. I would have changed a few dimensions a little on the panels, other than that, it is very accurate. Guess I'm a bit too picky on some projects I work on.
Yes - I would highly recommend these plans
July 27, 2015
over 5 years ago
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Wife is a quilter and she wants this for storage.
Pickles P on Aug 10, 2019
I needed some ideas on the hidden corners. I wound up not using, but adapting it.
THOMAS C on Jul 28, 2019
Wife is a quilter and she wants this for storage.
Pickles P on Aug 10, 2019
Have made cedar chests, like the look!
Thomas McKinnon C on Aug 7, 2019
I needed some ideas on the hidden corners. I wound up not using, but adapting it.
THOMAS C on Jul 28, 2019
My wife has always wanted a steamer trunk and I needed a project. Besides, I need to get back in the wood shop. Been out to long.
Pete on Jul 27, 2019
I liked the looks of this steamer chest
Jesse T on Jul 15, 2019
want to make for my grandson
DAVID B on Jun 25, 2019
I had made similar steamer trunks without the curve top and thought that a curve top would be a nice addition for a future project.
Louis P on Jun 20, 2019
great gift for the kids
Dion S on May 1, 2019
Gifts for my children, grand-daughter, and best friend.
Brenda B on Apr 4, 2019
It looks like a fun project but something at my skill and space level.
Babe with a badge on Mar 31, 2019
I like the way the Best looks I am planning on make two for my Daughter they are in their up 20s
Roy on Mar 24, 2019
Going to make this for a college graduation present.
Ray D on Mar 20, 2019
Looks like something my granddaughters would love and someone of my skill level can make.
Cary L on Mar 7, 2019
I like to make chest and have made 5 or 6 and this looks like it would be fun to make.
RON A on Feb 26, 2019
It looks like some of the older trunks I have refinished. I have some white oak and black walnut I will use. I might line it with red cedar. We shall see.
Bradley M on Feb 21, 2019
I am hoping to make it for a graduation gift for a niece.
donna w on Feb 21, 2019
plan on making for grandkids
Larry W on Feb 14, 2019
I hope to build a few for family
Robin T on Feb 9, 2019
want to make one for my granddaughters hope chest
L L on Feb 3, 2019
This trunk design is just what I have been looking for to pass along my treasures to my grandson some day. So many little things that have belonged to my great grandfather, grandfather, father and their families. <br />When I pass on they will all be in this trunk for him to keep as I have for future generations to enjoy.
John S on Jan 31, 2019
have 1 given half done and need to complete it
Clarence L on Jan 27, 2019
it looks good and plans were affordable
Daniel F on Jan 19, 2019
Looks like a great project
Ruben R on Jan 13, 2019
I have need of a project. This looked good. I will tackle this first before trying to repair antique that my wife inherited.
Dana F on Jan 7, 2019
Building for grand daughter
Dean R on Dec 31, 2018
to make a nice wedding gift for niece
John J on Nov 29, 2018
She also wanted one of these
James W on Nov 24, 2018
Looks like an interesting project.
Gary S on Nov 10, 2018
Attractive yet traditional look.
Andrew Larsen A on Nov 10, 2018
This will be a graduation gift for my grand daughter.
Robert K on Oct 7, 2018
Great looking project
B R on Aug 4, 2018
its cool !!
ck on Jul 31, 2018
need plans to rebuild one that was my grandmothers
Shawn B on Jul 6, 2018
built this 20+ yrs ago for my daughter, now my grand daughter wants one just like moms.
paul g on Jun 28, 2018
I want to build this for newlywed grandson.
Douglas W on Jun 4, 2018
looks interesting
Richard S on May 20, 2018
Making trunks for grand kids n family weigh red cedar
Timothy H on Apr 25, 2018
to make for granddaughter
Boyd J on Feb 3, 2018
make for wife
David V on Jan 30, 2018
The pattern to scale for the curved pieces
Christina N on Jan 28, 2018
something to do
richard c on Jan 26, 2018
to make my granddaughter a keepsake
Duane M on Jan 2, 2018
They will make great gifts.
Frank C on Dec 11, 2017
always wanted to build a trunk and I like yours the best
D W on Dec 4, 2017
I want one.
E V on Oct 2, 2017
My son and daughter-in-law are expecting twin boys. I thought a treasure chest toy box would be perfect.
William S on Sep 30, 2017
This trunk is similar to one that my step-daughter would like. I have the skills to complete it and she will be grateful.
Paul S on Sep 1, 2017
looks like a useful fun project. I will probably customize the plans to a bigger box, to suit me better.
Terrel O on Aug 10, 2017
Snuffy on Jul 6, 2017
Liked the look of the plan and wanted to tackle a chest/trunk that would be a little more challenging.
Billy S on Jun 25, 2017
Have made cedar chests, like the look!
Thomas McKinnon C on Aug 7, 2019
My wife has always wanted a steamer trunk and I needed a project. Besides, I need to get back in the wood shop. Been out to long.
Pete on Jul 27, 2019
38 deg does not work. suggestions?
Rich S on Sep 30, 2017
BEST ANSWER: If you taper both the top and side to 15 degrees and forget the spline you with have a more harmonious outcome.
What are the required tools to build this?
JBurch on Dec 28, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I found this project to be challenging. I have an extensively outfitted shop and found I used almost every tool/machine I had to complete this project. I have been woodworking 10-12 years and found it to be quite a challenge. I was very pleased with the end result, but it is definitely not for a beginner or intermediate.
Approximately how much does it cost in wood to build this chest? (Mid grade wood)
Christopher R on Oct 11, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I used hickory wood and 1/4" hickory veneer with the walnut straps. It took about $125.00 for the wood allowing for some waste with the hickory as it is a hard wood to work with.
how do I use the copy paper?
Oscar R on Jan 13, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I take the pattern and place the carbon paper between it and either poster board of copy paper and trace the pattern. Then I cut out the traced pattern, refine it and then use that to trace onto the work piece.
I'd like to upgrade the trunk lid supports with a soft close one but all of the ones i've seen on Rockler attach to the top, not side. Any suggestions?
Calvin N on Jan 15, 2019
BEST ANSWER: The one I used fastened to the inside lip of the lid and the inside of the trunk
Soft Down Lid Supports
Soft Down Lid Supports
what are the finished dimensions of this trunk?
Timothy T on Dec 13, 2017
BEST ANSWER: sorry, I haven't built this.
Want to build a large (at least 3' long) water - proof trunk... same size as large old time trunks. Do you have plans for that?
Betty on Nov 25, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Beautiful trunk after build. Not easy , but worth it. I doubt if it would be waterproof, but it would she'd water
Anyone have rough quantity of the wood required?
Glen R on Jan 16, 2019
what is the difference with this one compared to Item #: 10101-WJ111?
JBurch on Jan 3, 2018
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