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Free DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Pottery Barn Inspired Emmett Trunk

01.11.12
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This trunk is a great piece to use as a coffee table or at the foot of your bed. It's a stylish storage option that packs a lot of punch. Based on the Pottery Barn trunk with the same name.

Dimensions 
Dimensions for This Project

Tools 
  • Circular Saw
  • Miter Saw
  • Drill
  • Countersink Bit
  • Kreg Jig
Lumber 
  • 10 – 1 x 4 x 8
  • 2 – 1 x 3 x 8
  • 3 – 2 x 2 x 8
  • 2 – 1 x 2 x 8
  • 1/2 sheet of 3/4″ ply 
Materials 
  • 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws
  • 2″ screws
  • 1 1/4″ finish nails
  • Wood Glue
  • Wood Filler
  • Finishing Supplies
  • 1 set of decorative hinges
  • 1 hasp
  • 1 set of handles of your choice
  • about 24″ of chain (optional)
Cut List 
  • 12 – 1 x 4 @ 46 1/2″ (front and back planks)
  • 12 – 1 x 4 @ 18″ (side planks)
  • 3 – 1 x 4 @ 45″ (top planks)
  • 3 – 1 x 3 @ 45″ (top planks)
  • 4 – 2 x 2 @ 14 1/4″ (interior supports)
  • 2 – 2 x 2 @ 45″ (lengthwise supports)
  • 4 – 2 x 2 @ 18 (lid supports)
  • 2 – 1 x 2 @ 48″ (front and back trim)
  • 2 – 1 x 2 @ 19 1/2″ (side trim)
  • 3/4″ ply @ 18″ x 45″
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

Step 1 

Using pocket holes set for 3/4″ stock and 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws, create two planks using five of your long plank boards, each. 

Step 2

Step 2 

Create the short sides of the trunk by screwing 5 of the side boards to two 2 x 2 interior supports. Measure 1 1/2″ from the top of the top board, and use 2″ screws, screwing in through the 2 x 2.

 

Do this twice.

Step 3

Step 3 

Create the main box by screwing the long boards to the 2 x 2s from the inside with 2″ screws.

Step 4

Step 4 

Create the top of the lid by planking the 1 x 3s & 1 x 4s in your desired order, using pocket holes set for 3/4″ stock and 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws. Make sure to predrill holes around the outsides of the plank so that you can attach the sides of the lid.

Step 5

Step 5 

Attach the short sides of the lid first with the last two side planks using pocket holes set for 3/4″ stock and 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws.

Step 6

Attach the front and back planks to the lid using pocket holes set for 3/4″ stock and 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws.

Step 7

Step 7 

Turn the main box over and attach the bottom by screwing into the 2 x 2s in all four corners, and using pocket holes set for 3/4″ stock and 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws.

Step 8

Step 8 

Attach the lengthwise supports using 2″ screws and screwing from the inside of the 2×2 to the outsides of the box and into the corner supports.

Step 9

Step 9 

Attach the side trim first, using glue and 1 1/4″ finish nails.

Step 10

Step 10 

Attach the front and back trim using glue and 1 1/4" finish nails

Step 11 

Before attaching the lid to the box, screw in your lid supports by screwing through the 2 x 2s with 2″ screws.

Step 12 

Attach your desired hardware. If your hinges don't support the lid, attach chain so the lid doesn't fly backwards.

Finishing Instructions 

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

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