Steamer Trunk

Here’s a project I did a couple of years ago for my youngest daughter who was going off to college. She needed something to secure her computer stuff in her dorm room when away. Sure I could have bought the usual $75. fiberboard foot locker at the local Army/Navy store but I wanted to give her something to keep as an heirloom.

It’s based on a plywood core box wrapped in oak veneer on the outside and beech veneer on the inside (my first significant veneer project) and trimmed in walnut edging. It’s got brass hardware and a lift-out tray made of walnut and poplar. I think it turned out pretty good but I know I spent way too much time on it. I did have a lot of fun building it though.

Let me tell you, my hats off to the guys who can handle veneer well. It’s not easy. When you lay that stuff down, it’s got to be just right.















  1. I like to use 1/4″ cedar TnG instead of veneer inside. smells better and more forgiving. you could also add a cushion /breakfast tray topper. really like the walnut pullout handles. walnut can be a pain to work with but so worth it when you get it right ( as you’ve shown)

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