How to Turn a Door Into a Blanket Chest

You may think a hollow core door is practically useless when it comes to making a project, but if you have some patience and scrap wood, you can turn it into a blanket chest!
step 1

cut the door panels apart, using the long panels for the top, front, back and bottom. The smaller panels will be used to make the left and right side of the chest.
Using bar clamps will make assembly much easier.

(if you know about hollow core doors look once you cut them, you may notice that I have filled the areas with the scrap wood I was referring to earlier)
To cover up the raw edges of the hollow core door, I used scrap 1x's to "beef" up the design.
I love how the panels give the new chest/trunk a great look.
This gives you a better look of how the 1x's give a nice chunky look to the trunk/chest. I painted it with several coats of black.
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  • Dat guy Dat guy on Dec 31, 2015
    This looks like a great idea for something I'm working on but can it bear weight? By that, I mean, can an adult sit on it?

  • Robyn Robyn on Mar 09, 2016
    I love this idea!! Is the lid placed on top without hinges? It looks great!

  • Cj57 Cj57 on Nov 15, 2021

    Do you have a pic of the door before you cut it? the reason the pics you have are ( after you cut it), and little deceptive (on exactly where you need to cut the door or the measurements) if one does not have the same kind of door. Thx.

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  • Theresa Shearer Theresa Shearer on Oct 04, 2016
    This is beautiful!

  • ShawnMarie ShawnMarie on Jan 24, 2017
    I like this idea. My sister is in Need of a trunk type item for her recent wedding. And I wanted to your opinion does the door size matter?? Probably not, huh? J

    • Gail--My Repurposed Life Gail--My Repurposed Life on Jan 24, 2017
      Probably not. Just make sure you do a lot of dry fit testing before you actually start securing the pieces. :)