Here are a couple of photos of the completed steamer trunk. In my last post, I mentioned that the tray inside the trunk would be plywood. When I looked at the nice new plywood I could not picture it as a part of this trunk. So, I found a piece of chestnut on the shelf, resawed it and used a strip of walnut down the center to make it wide enough. This piece had a lot of character (known also as holes) so it required a lot of rehab to make it work, but it turned out to be far superior to the plywood. The inside and the trray are finished with shellac. The outer surfaces are finished with Tried and True Varnish and Oil, which gives a very nice look to the chestnut.
Chestnut Steamer Trunk Completed