New furniture doesn’t always need to look new. You can design and build an
antique looking trunk that will look like it’s been in the family for
generations. The trick is to use recycled pine that’s already lived a lifetime
and by adding cast iron hardware it will give the aged look you’re after. Or if
you prefer the modern look, then you can make it just as easily out of new
timber instead. The following instructions will give you all the help you need
in building your own trunk for your home and family and using the 18 Volt One
Plus Tool System range will make the job even easier.
- Ryobi 18 volt Cordless Trimmer/ Router
- Ryobi 18 volt Cordless Corner Cat finishing Sander
- Ryobi 18 volt Cordless 2 Speed Drill
- Ryobi 18 volt Cordless Fluorescent Light
- Sides and ends 90x19mm T & G Flooring 18/1200, 8/600
- Base 18mm Plywood 1/1200x600
- Gluts Bottom 90x19 Hardwood 3/600
- Corners, Bracing 70x19 Hardwood 10/600
- Screws 35mm Stainless Countersunk 1 x Box
- Hinges 14mm wide Piano hinge 1/1200
- Handles Decorative 2 of
- Latches Decorative 2 of
- Paint Satin Estapol 1 litre
- Brush 50mm 1 of
- Cut all the boards for the sides and ends with mitres on the corners. The
sides are 1200mm long and the ends are 600mm long.
- Cut the baseboard to precisely fit into the bottom of the chest. This would
mean the width is 562mm and the length is 1162mm.
- Glue and nail the sideboards together at the ends and nail the baseboard into
the edges at the bottom.
- Assemble the top and fix the edge boards to the top with glue and screws.
- Fix the entire corner fixing blocks and the flat bracing blocks with glue and
screws. These are to give the chest strength.
- Attach the gluts to the bottom of the chest with glue and screws through the
bottom edge of the sides
- Attach the hinge to the bottom edge of the back of the lid and the top of the
back edge of the chest.
- Once the chest is structurally complete reduce the sharp edges and create the
pencil round edge. All the edges except the bottom 4 need to be done.
- The timber will need a light sand to remove small marks and scratches. This
should be done for paint prep and also before any fittings like the handles and
the latches are fixed on.
- Then sand the inside of the chest.
- Using a fluorescent light, determine whether the inside surface has been
- Paint or stain the chest.
Ryobi tools are available at all leading hardware stores or for more information
log onto the website www.ryobi.com.au