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Old 10-10-2020, 09:36 AM   #1
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A few weeks ago some of you sent me an article on how to build your own trunk. I did get started and have made the bottom and sides. I am having trouble making the curved top. The plywood I used cracked when bent. The article specifies (2) layers of 1/8 material that is soaked in water and then bent around a form. My question is has anyone found a source for 1/8 in. marine plywood or other material that was good for this application? Thanks for your help, Ed
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Old 10-10-2020, 11:02 AM   #2
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Hi Ed. I have gotten into woodworking in the past few years. Although I have personally not done this, steam may be your friend. Rockler Woodworking sells a steam box"Kit". You would need to build a simple flat box out of wood and insert your lid pieces and steam away. When ready, place on your form and make sure to have too many clamps.
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Old 10-10-2020, 01:36 PM   #3
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Ed, you’re far from me but I found some 1/8” at Austin Hardwood out here in Southern CA. They called it wiggle wood. It bends easily, but I still had to steam it on the sharp radius. What I don’t like about it is flimsy. I glued mine 3 ply thick with plenty of TiteBond III. I still had to steam it on the tight radius. I just finished mine btw. I didn’t use the plans, instead went by dimensions and pictures in the Service Bulletins pg 364 and in the section of accessories of the JS & RG. Mine fits the original Ford accessory rack that is a couple inches narrower at 33” wide, 16” deep, and 19” tall.
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Old 10-11-2020, 12:42 AM   #4
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Your approach may be incorrect. You need to make the rounded top in strips. Each strip cut to approx. 12.5 degrees. PM me for more instructions.
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Old 10-11-2020, 04:19 AM   #5
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Old 10-11-2020, 07:35 AM   #6
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Thank you all for your excellent suggestions. Ed
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Old 10-11-2020, 08:35 AM   #7
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Sometimes it’s better to buy one already made. The time and expense involved suggest that dollars not spent are not dollars saved. I’ve been down that road and I could have bought one cheaper and the manufactured trunk looks far more professional. Every flea market has them for less than a hundred dollars.
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Old 10-11-2020, 11:19 AM   #8
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Would make a good winter project in cold Maine
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Old 10-11-2020, 04:56 PM   #9
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It appears you may have come across Marshall Lewis' article from decades ago in the Restorer Mag. He used 1/8" marine ply. and soaked it in water. Sometimes, one can score the back side curve with a table saw to help. I have an orig. trunk from the early 30's that has 1/4" curved ply.for the top and is very sturdy. Another option may be to try mahogany door skins or similar from the home stores because the adhesives may soften better than plywd. adhesives.

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Old 10-11-2020, 05:26 PM   #10
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I was able to make mone by cutting kerfswhere the bend was and forming over the sides. I tried to soak/steam and just wasted money on firewood. Looks tacky from the underside but its usually closed.
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Old 11-05-2020, 08:57 AM   #11
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A few weeks ago I mentioned that I was making a trunk for my Victoria and was having trouble with the curved portion of the top. There was a suggestion from WWIRZ to cut strips to form the curve. This suggestion "hits the nail on the head!" The suggestion was to cut the strips with a 12 degree chamfer. The next day I set up my radial arm saw for the twelve degrees and cut (8) strips with the top of the strip at 9/16 in. and the bottom at 7/16 in. In the setup this is what I ended up with after setting up the saw and I decided to stay with this setting. I think the strips may have fitted a bit tighter with a 10 degree chamfer for the curve that I had but the glue filled any gaps. It was an excellent suggestion and the trunk is moving toward assembly. I think my total cost is going to be about $130.00. The trunks I have seen advertised go for about $450.00 and higher. Thanks again Ford Barn for such a good suggestion. Ed
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