the problem: storing DVDs without everyone looking at your DVDs
solution: build a little chest to store them in that's adds a design feature to the room
I notice when I walk around places like Pier 1 Imports or World Market I see these little brown trunk-like things sitting around the store that look cool. That kind of tchotchke-type piece was the inspiration.
I started with some scrap 3/8 inch plywood I had lying around. I set out to make a box.
Wood glue & nails hold it together. Just plain butt joints (quit snickering...)
As I've said before, "A man can't have enough clamps!"
Here, I'm glueing a thin piece of plywood to the frame of the lid to be the top. Again, just scrap plywood.
Wood glue & clamps can change the world...
Holy cow--'tis looking somewhat like a box!
The handles & hinges you'll see later came off some old shelves we took down in the basement. FREE.
I later applied some Mahogany stain I had lying around.
This is one of my favorite parts... I had a trim piece in mind, but I was too cheap & too lazy to go to Lowes to buy it.
So, I grabbed a piece of scrap & ripped it lengthwise on the table saw to get the thickness I wanted.
Then I ran it over the table saw to cut 45 degree angles on either side.
I later rounded over those hard angles with a palm sander to give it a smooth appearance & achieve the trim piece I wanted in the first place.
I then cut the trim piece on the mitre saw to "wrap" around the box, giving it an old trunk look.
To "distress" it, I took a hammer, a screw driver & a pry bar and began beating the snot out of it--it was good therapy too...
It was just too clean & new looking the way it was shaping up.
The only cost: $1.97 at Lowes for the brass knob on the front of the lid.
You can see the distressed marks now.
I wiped on some black paint with a towel on the trim pieces.
It has a couple coats of poly on the whole thing.
But where are the DVDs??
I know it doesn't hold a lot of DVDs--that's kind of the idea.
With this design, I can make other similar trunks, or treasure chests that are each unique to be little accent pieces around the living room.