DIY Trunk (or anything really) Risers

Joey here! Have you ever wanted to make something you own sit higher off the ground than where it previously rested? Well, I’m here to tell you how! YAY!

brass trunk, diy trunk stand

When Lana purchased these trunks a year or so ago she was so excited. And why not? They hold stuff, you can put things on top of them, and they’re GOLD! If I remember things correctly (which I almost certainly don’t) she jumped up in the air and clicked her heels like an old time prospector.

Fast forward to today and I was tasked with making some risers for them out of some basic stuff you can nab at most bigger hardware stores. And the materials and execution are pretty simple. Lets start at the beginning with a crudely drawn diagram of what’s going to happen here.

Trunk Stand Diy, how to trunk stand

You’ll want to measure the base of your trunks or whatever else you plan on raising up. This will help you determine how much aluminum angles and flat bars you’ll need to buy. I ended up needing this much: 1” x 36” flat (2 per trunk) 1” x 36” angles (3 per trunk)

brass trunk, diy trunk stand

As for other materials and tools you’ll want at the ready you should have a drill with a 1/8 inch bit, a riveter with 1/8” rivets, something to cut your aluminum (I used my Dremel) and some safety glasses. Seriously, use the safety glasses for this one. It’s one thing to get a little dust in your eyes, it’s quite another when imperceptibly small, jagged aluminum bits are flying at you.

brass trunk, diy trunk stand

After you have measured your trunks you can start marking off and cutting your aluminum angles. The square that you are making for the top of this cube will need the angles all facing inward to give your trunk something to rest on. And a word to the wise… Leave yourself a quarter inch or so extra room on your cuts. You’ll want the space when you start riveting and realize that only one side of the rivet sits flush, the other end sticks out and mocked me as I tried to have my trunk sit level when I was done. First time using a riveter for me, so, live and learn.

When you have cut the 4 angles to length you can break out your favorite drill and make some 1/8” holes for the rivets. The first hole is easy. The second one takes some more patience. I suggest determining which pieces you’d like to sit on top of the others and drilling those and then using that hole to mark the angle that will sit below with a Sharpe. Even better would be to clamp everything down and drill through everything at once with a drill press. I went for the “I’m just gonna see how this goes” approach cause that’s the type of guy I am. Maybe next time I’ll be a different guy. A guy who doesn’t need to make a second trip to the hardware store.

Back to the project… So, now that you have competently drilled those holes all you gotta do is pop that rivet in there and tighten her right up. Being this was my first time using a riveter and I usually light instructions on fire on sight I had no idea how to use it. I must have looked like a confused chimp poking at stuff and scratching my head. In reality this is a very simple tool. Just put the rivet through the hole with the long end sticking up and then insert the rod from the rivet into the riveter and pull the handle a few times. The rod (in most cases) will pop off when the job is done and you’ll be all set.

brass trunk, diy trunk stand

With the other angles you have left over you are going to want to cut yourself the sections that will give your stand the height you desire. I wanted 8” so that’s what I did. Cut 4 of these. Then go back to making holes and filling them with rivets. Remember that you want the flush end of the rivet to be what you see when the project is over so make sure you are putting them in the right way or will be cutting them outta there.

brass trunk, diy trunk stand

Last of the cutting takes place when you make the bottom section out of the aluminum flats you should still have laying around. Cut 4 of these the same length you cut the top section. Place them along the bottom, mark where you’d like the holes and drill and rivet some more.

Now you’ve got something that looks like this, or even better hopefully.

brass trunk, diy trunk stand

Only two things left to do. Spray paint them the color of your choice. Lana said GOLD! So I did as I was told. Lastly, we took some wax that strangely Lana just had around the house and used it to create a sort of sealant on the paint so it wouldn’t scratch so easily. And POOF! You got yourself a pretty new stand.

brass trunk, diy trunk stand

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  1. These are so cool! Love the industrial look of them and the seem easy enough for me to tackle the wheels are already spinning on risers to make! Awesome job on this and love the brass trunks too!

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  3. Some riveting tools can also be used in handicrafts and other related stuffs. Very useful indeed.

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