Now that i've got a decent sized room, I needed some furniture to fill it. Not only did I need some more storage space, I also needed a coffee table, so I thought, why not knock out two birds with one stone. Using some old pallets I was able to throw together this trunk using a design similar to a trunk my father owns. It's exactly what I was looking for.
In this instructable, I didn't include any measurements. I put out this instructable assuming that people will use measurements that suit their needs. I feel that i've provided sufficient pictures and instructions to allow for readers to figure out how to construct their own. Make sure that you look through the entire instructable before starting.
This is one of my first instructables, so let me know what could be improved upon. Excuse the mediocre photos, I don't have a very good camera. If you have any questions feel free to ask.
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Step 1: Materials/Tools
- 2 Pallets (I got mine free from a construction site, just make sure you ask before you take)
- Nails & Screws (You can use whatever you want, but i used 1 1/2" and 2" finish nails and 1" dry wall screws)
- Scrap piece of plywood
- Table Saw
- Chop Saw
- Power Drill
- Reciprocating Saw
Step 2: Deconstruction
First step is to deconstruct your pallets. I used a reciprocating saw to cut the nails that attach the 1x4's to the 2x4 supports. You could also use a crowbar to disassemble your pallet, but because my pallets had been sitting outside for several months the boards weren't sturdy enough to do this.
Step 3: Creating the Frame
In this step we are going to create the frames of the trunk. Start by ripping three 1x4's right down the middle. Take two of these 1x2 pieces and cut them to the length of your desired trunk. Now take a third piece cut the two side supports for the frame, make sure to compensate for the fact that the longer pieces will be hanging over the ends of these two side pieces. Using finishing nails, nail your pieces together as seen in the picture above. This will create your base support. Build another, with identical dimensions and set aside for later.
Step 4: Side Panels
You will now want to take your 1x4's and cut them to the desired height. Using screws, attach these boards to your frame. I sided both ends before I did the front and back of the trunk.
Step 5: Structure
Now pull out that second frame that you built earlier and do the same thing you did before but put this frame on the top edge. Should be able to figure this step out from the pictures.
Step 6: Corner Design
Once the frames are on take a 1x4 and cut it to fit between the frames, as seen in the pictures. I used finishing nails to attach them. You will also need a piece of ripped 1x4" which will cover up the overhang. Look at the notes on the pictures which will help explain a little more of this process.
Step 7: Edge Cover
Now we're going to add an edge over the rough edges of the side panels. Take two ripped 1x4's and cut them to fit the long edges. Use finishing nails to attach them to trunk. Next cut ripped 1x4's to fit the sides. Nailing them in to stay.
Step 8: Trunk Bottom
There are a couple ways to put a bottom on your trunk. I cut a piece of 3/4" plywood to fit and then used nails to hold it in. You could make a bottom similar to how you will make the top in the next step, but I wasn't planning on showing anyone the bottom of my trunk.
Step 9: Lid
Take 1x4's, I used 4, and cut them to the length of the trunk. Then cut 2 pieces of 1x4's to the width of the trunk and attach them on each end of the four boards. (this is a poor explanation but you should be able to figure it out from the pictures.
Step 10: Lining the Interior
You can line your trunk with quite a few things, or you could just leave it rough. I lined mine with couch upholstery. I cut out pieces for each side that overlapped the corners a little in order for the pieces to look nice. Once i had the sides done I cut the bottom piece to fit the bottom of the trunk perfectly and glued it in. I glued all of my scraps in with elmers spray glue, and then used a staple gun around the top edge to help prevent later sagging. My dad lined his trunk with ceder boards. It's up to you what you want to do, just remember that the heavier material you choose to line your trunk with the heavier it will be.
Step 11: Hinges
For hinges I wanted something with a rusty look to it. I found a cool old hinge but had to rust the screws myself. I used this site, http://www.primitive-beginnings.com/products/rustingmetal.shtml and used the first recipe and got a really nice rust. You could also do this if you can't find any old hinges to use.
If you want you can also add handles to your trunk, like the one seen in the last picture. It's up to you. I haven't added any to mine yet, because I have yet to find a pair I like.
Now you're done. Put your trunk somewhere it can be enjoyed and fill it with all your extra junk.