Build A Storage Trunk

Build A Storage Trunk

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.

Tool List:

  • 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

Materials List:

  • 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


  1. 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.

  2. Cut the baseboard to precisely fit into the bottom of the chest. This would mean the width is 562mm and the length is 1162mm.

  3. Glue and nail the sideboards together at the ends and nail the baseboard into the edges at the bottom.

  4. Assemble the top and fix the edge boards to the top with glue and screws.

  5. Fix the entire corner fixing blocks and the flat bracing blocks with glue and screws. These are to give the chest strength.

  6. Attach the gluts to the bottom of the chest with glue and screws through the bottom edge of the sides

  7. Attach the hinge to the bottom edge of the back of the lid and the top of the back edge of the chest.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Then sand the inside of the chest.

  11. Using a fluorescent light, determine whether the inside surface has been sanded enough.

  12. Paint or stain the chest.