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Steamer Trunk Plan

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Steamer Trunk Plan
Steamer Trunk Plan

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
Manufacturer Part Number No
Weight 0.1000
Tech Spec
  • Finished Project Measures: 36" W x 17" H x 20" D
Technical Documents
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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 3 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
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Steamer Trunk Plans
A very good set of plans as well as the price.
January 17, 2017
1 year 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 3 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 4 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
This was not my first time...
This was not my first time using Rockler hardware. I have always been please with all of your hardware and this time was no exception. I have been woodworking for many years and had fun building the trunk for a graduation gift for a family member. I was a bit disappointed in the plans though. Why put the templates on the back of the instructions? The instructions for the lid details were not very clear. I think a beginner would have issues with them. In general, I thought the plans could have explained more how to assemble things, and what order to do it. In the case of the lid, if you did not think it through first, you could have build yourself into a corner.I used Cherry for the main rails and styles of the trunk and White Ashsolid for the panels. Black Walnut looked great for the stapping. Since this is for a girl and I am a bit old fashion, I lined the trunk and made the tray out of Aromatic Red Cedar. This gives the inside the look and smell of a cedar chest, without taking away from the looks of the outside.
June 10, 2011
I am building my 2nd and...
I am building my 2nd and 3rd trunk for grandchildern to take to college. Plans and hardware are very good.
March 20, 2011
I'm a novice woodworker and I...
I'm a novice woodworker and I found this project to be an excellent way to learn and practice a number of techniques. It certainly took me more that 30 hours, but I learned a lot. Which shim to use with the keyed latch was a little confusing. It looked to me like they have the long and short shims drawing reversed. Overall, great plans.
March 15, 2011
Plans easy to follow providing you...
Plans easy to follow providing you have intermediate or better wood working skills. I substituted biscuits for the splines. Plan to make another one soon for a friend.
February 8, 2011
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This will be a graduation gift for my grand daughter.
Robert K on Oct 7, 2018
its cool !!
christopher k on Jul 31, 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 !!
christopher k 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
Dennis C 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
Want to make blanket chest for my granddaughter
John B on Jun 23, 2017
To put my personal items in that I will pass down to Family .
Henry on Jun 16, 2017
Toy chest
James F on May 30, 2017
want to make a steamer trunk
Susan R on Apr 8, 2017
for someone who has no pc found your site to be easy to navigate, efficient, simple quick kudos
Rhonda L on Jan 5, 2017
STEVE M on Dec 3, 2016
christmas gift for grandson
scott B on Nov 30, 2016
hope to build it soon
C O on Nov 5, 2016
Making trunks for each of my children (4)
Lawrence C on Nov 5, 2016
It will be a gift for my daughter.
Dan H on Nov 2, 2016
christmas present
Josh R on Oct 26, 2016
Gift for daughter
Todd L on Oct 23, 2016
I wanted to build it for my granddaughter for her birthday.
Alan R. F on Oct 20, 2016
I intend to build this for my Grandson for Christmas
Ron L on Aug 29, 2016
I didn't want too print it out on my home printer. I have been satisfied with the older option for many years.
Sid J on Mar 26, 2016
lost first plan needed new one
darrel k on Mar 10, 2016
There is no r after LAMONT.
Lamontr W on Feb 5, 2016
so I could buy a new router bit!
DENNIS S on Jan 23, 2016
I like the item and have plans to build one in the near future for my personal use to store my Marine Corps uniforms and various Marine Corps items.
Rodolfo G on Jan 2, 2016
make as a keepsake gift
Gregory B on Dec 31, 2015
Going to try and build the trunk
Rick F on Dec 26, 2015
liked the curved top
Michael H on Dec 18, 2015
Christmas Gift my second one
John H on Dec 15, 2015
built one before, gonna do more, beautifull trunk
Thomas H on Nov 11, 2015
I wanted to learn how to do the coopered lid.
Jason D D on Nov 4, 2015
I have been wanting to build this trunk for a very long time. It has a look of quality and craftsmanship. The nostalgia factor takes me back to my boyhood."
James R on Oct 6, 2015
to build it
MICHAEL S on Oct 2, 2015
it looks authentic and fun to build
Manny L R on Sep 25, 2015
Found the plan on the internet...
Norman A on Sep 24, 2015
Great looking project
B R on Aug 4, 2018
need plans to rebuild one that was my grandmothers
Shawn B on Jul 6, 2018
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.
what are the finished dimensions of this trunk?
Timothy T on Dec 13, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I am sorry but I haven't built this yet
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
what is the difference with this one compared to Item #: 10101-WJ111?
JBurch on Jan 3, 2018
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