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Apr
28
2012
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Think of all the fun it will be to play with the finish… this DIY trunk is a fabulous dual function piece working as both storage and surface!

Showcase: Built From These Plans

Estimated Cost

$25-$50

Dimensions
Dimensions for This Project
Tools
  • Tape Measure
  • Saw – Jig, Circular, or Miter
  • Drill
  • Square
  • Sander
  • Kreg Jig
  • Brad nailer
Lumber
  • 1 full sheet of ¾” plywood
  • 3 – Baseboard trim at 8’
Materials
  • 1-1/4” pocket hole screws
  • 1” Brad nails
  • 2 – Drawer Handles
  • Edge banding for the plywood, optional
  • 1 roll of aluminum strap tape
  • Decorative tacks or upholstery nails
  • 2 - Hinges
  • Wood filler
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood glue
  • Finishing Supplies
Cut List
  • 1 – ¾” plywood at 20” x 35-1/2” – Bottom
  • 2 – ¾” plywood at 17-3/4” x 20” – Sides
  • 2 – ¾” plywood at 17-3/4” x 37” – Front & Back
  • 1 – ¾” plywood at 22-1/2” x 38” - Top
  • 4 – Baseboard trim at 38” - Trim
  • 4 – Baseboard trim at 21-1/2” - Trim
Instructions

Before beginning to build, always check in on my site to make sure you have the most up to date set of plans, I occasionally update and change the plans to make the building process easier or to allow for less expensive purchasing of materials! Read through the entire set of instructions and all comments before beginning this project. If you print out or save plans, be sure to check in on my site to be sure you have the most up to date set of plans, as I occasionally update things for ease of building or buying. If you are new to building, read through the GETTING STARTED section and other articles found under the BUILD tab in the menu on my site, it has valuable information about how to get started, tools and techniques. If you are unfamiliar with the finishing process, visit my Finishing school for some tips and tricks for painting like a pro and for special finishing practices. Use glue to secure your joints and Consider Painting or Staining individual sections prior to assembling. This makes the paint application virtually flawless. Coat with a spray on Poly or Wipe on Poly to protect your finish and your piece and it will last for ages. Adhere to all safety standards and guidelines, and be sure you follow safety protocol throughout your build. If you are unsure about whether you are building safely, run a quick online search for the tool or technique you are using, or contact me via email or post to the forum before you move ahead. My contact info can be found in the menu of my site.

Step 1

** If using edge banding, apply to each piece before assembly **

Cut the piece for the bottom. Set the Kreg jig for ¾” material and drill pocket holes as shown.

Step 1
Step 2

Cut the pieces for the sides. Drill pocket holes as shown. Attach to the bottom as shown using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws.

Step 2
Step 3

Cut the pieces for the front and back. Assemble as shown using glue and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws.

Step 3
Step 4

Cut the pieces for the trim. Attach the side trim first using glue and 1” brad nails, then attach the front and back trim pieces.

Step 4
Step 5

Cut the piece for the top. Cover the edges with the aluminum strap tape and fasten in place with decorative tacks or upholstery nails. Add the hinges and attach to the box.

Distress as desired.

Step 5
Finishing Instructions

Fill any Screw, Nail or Pocket Holes, Sand and Finish as Desired. For Finishing Tips and Tricks visit my Finishing School

Disclaimer

**Disclaimer: Some rights reserved. Private use only. Feel Free to link to any of my plans so long as you provide an adequate link back to the appropriate post! Plans from this page are not to be used for commercial purposes or republished without the express written consent of Rayan Turner, The Design Confidential I hope to provide accurate plans, however, I cannot guarantee each plan for accuracy. Not every plan that I post has been built and tested, so you are building at your own risk. It is recommended that you have a clear understanding of how the project works before beginning any project. Please contact me if you find an error or inaccuracy so that I might fix it.

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