Introduction: Steamer Trunk to Coffee Table

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Convert a 1930's steamer trunk to a coffee table

Step 1: Remove Damage Covering

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Strip the old damaged covering to reveal woodworm.

Step 2: Re-build From Scratch

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Rebuild the external frame to the original dimensions from scratch, in 7mm plywood. Then cover in .9 mm aluminium sheet. Drilled and riveted directly into the ply.

Step 3: Finish Off

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Add the original hinges and other hardware and polish. Requires a final polish. Before I started this "restoration" I had no tools now I have heaps! Tin snips, drills, angle grinder, Jigsaw, hand saw, rivet gun, polisher etc.


scampbell-vincent (author)2015-11-01

We have an old steamer trunk turned coffee table, too. Just added legs. Lol. I like your modern take on an antique, though. looks great.

What did you use for the legs on that one?

almightyzan (author)trimbandit2016-07-22

Hey. They're just standard painted wooden coffee table legs, and hardware. Very simple. :-)

nzmick (author)scampbell-vincent2015-11-01

That's a nice looking Trunk!. Mine had woodworm so it needed to be re-built from scratch.

DIY Hacks and How Tos (author)2015-11-01

Great looking trunk!

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