Hackers Help akurum

Published on December 4th, 2013 | by mst428

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Hackers help: Akurum to trunk/chest?





I bought an Akurum 36×24 from the as-is section to use as a blanket chest.  Now I would like to put a “top” on it. I can use any type of top, it can be a distressed trunk type of top or it can just be a piece of wood that I will put a pillow on top of. I’m leaning towards the latter with a rope handle that will be concealed under the pillow. What type of wood do I get? Same measurements as the Akurum? Where do I place the hinges? I know this should be a pretty simply hack but I am so stuck. Please help!akurum

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5 Responses to Hackers help: Akurum to trunk/chest?

  1. Deb says:

    The Akurum is pretty thin for a hinge but you could add some light duty hinges to a top. I’d do a simple plywood top ( a big box store can cut a piece to the right size) and add some wood edging to the sides to make it look better. Maybe add some feet or wheels as well.

    • t says:

      Wow i didnt know this post went tgrough. Anyhoo, i went to home depit and got a piece of sonething cut to fit as a top. I still have to add cushioning.

  2. Suzanne Melton says:

    If you plan to sit on the chest, remember than the Akurum is MDF and not made for a lot of weight.

    I like Deb’s idea above about adding wheels.

  3. Barb Outside Boston says:

    I would get a piano hinge for the top–it’s the thinnest with the most holding power.

  4. tina says:

    You will need to reinforce the corners. A 1×1 on inside of chest also add frame to top opening. You can use the euro hinge or out side decorative hinge. Your top will need to be a bit larger than opening, since it is a frameless cabinet. It will need feet and they will need extra bracing.

  5. Ken in SF says:

    Keep in mind that those cabinets were not made to support a load on their backs (which will become the bottom of the trunk). You will need to add some support underneath if you want to store anything heavier than some sweaters or some pillows. As for the lid, if you just want a lid you can lift off, have a piece of plywood cut to the inside dimension of the opening and another cut to the outside dimensions of the box. Glue and/or screw them together, drill a finger hole and you are good to go. If you want a hinged lid, I agree with Barb use a long piano hinge.

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