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DIY Reclaimed Wood Trunk

  • The Wood Shop 251 Southern Street Vancouver, BC Canada (map)

In one 8-hour day, you will construct from start to finish, your own rectangular or square trunk with a flip up top lid.

Working with an experienced facilitator and Wood Working Educator you learn how to use a variety of tools such as a finishing nailer, cordless drill, screw gun, pipe clamps, belt sander, orbital sander, and numerous other hand tools. No experience required! Gain knowledge and hands-on experience about wood species and woodworking and finishing techniques.

Choose from 4 rectangular/square top designs

* Chevron

*Horizontal Plank

*Vertical Plank

*Client Suggested design *Other designs may be considered and will need to be discussed with the facilitator at least 2 weeks ahead of the Session to make sure that it is the right fit for the Session and your skill set.

Visit our Sessions Gallery to see examples and select the design of your choice. Click the link below.


Upon registering we will send you an order confirmation and begin working with you to plan what you would like to build, choosing a style, size and finishing preference!

We will help you build your project from start to finish using pieces that have been prepared for you according to your preferences and submitted design specs.



The Shop Class has a base rate of $ 165.00 + Taxes.

Material cost for lumber used to make your trunk is additional to the Session fee.

Wood Shop will supply all of the reclaimed materials you will need to complete your project, as well as the hardware and finishing products unless you would like to bring your own hinges and finish. If you do want to bring your own finish connect with us first to make sure it is the right fit!

Cost for material would typically range from $50-$80, depending on the size of the storage trunk. An average trunk measuring 36” x 16” x 16” high would cost $70 in material and hardware.

A material fee estimate can be provided upon submission of your specs should you submit a request. Otherwise, an invoice will be emailed to you upon completion of the Shop Class Session, payment is required before you can pick up your trunk following the Session. The finish takes aprox 1 day to fully cure following the application. So once the finish has cured and the material’s invoice has been paid you may pick up your trunk! Payment options include cash, cheque, credit card or e-transfer.



What age group is this appropriate for?

We welcome all ages to the Sessions. If a participant is under the age of 18 please send us an email as they may need to be joined by an adult depending on their skill set. Contact us, so we can help get you registered.

What skill level do you need to have?

No experience necessary! We will provide you with the support you need to use the basic tools required for the project. We have the table saw covered, so you get to fun with assembly and design! Keep in mind, the more complex the pattern the more experience, speed and patience you are going to need. If you think you will need a helping hand bring a friend for an extra $25. FYI. You will need to buy a ticket to go along with your Session ticket. Limited space is available.


When can I take my trunk home or have it delivered?

You can usually pick up your piece or have it delivered the week following the Session once the finish has cured and the materials invoice has been paid.


What is the cost for delivery?

In Vancouver:

$30 Monday to Friday 9am - 5 pm

$50 After 5 pm and on Weekends

In other areas such as North/West Van, Richmond, New West etc, please send us a request for a delivery quote.


What is the maximum size of trunk I can make during one 8 session?

60” Long x 30" Wide. ( And that’s a really big trunk! )

This allows for enough room for all of the participants and enough time in the session to finish the trunk.

*If you want to make a trunk longer than 60” please get in touch with us to book a private Session via email,

What does the $165.00 Session Ticket include?

When you purchase a Session ticket it is for one participant and covers the cost of the facilitation and time in the Shop. Material fees are additional and depend of the size of the item that you build and the wood species used.

Can I bring an extra person to the Session?

The answer is YES as long as we have the space and you have purchased a ticket. We have 3 spots available for additional participants. Please purchase the Add an Extra Person ticket on EventBrite. Or we can add it to your Material Fee invoice. We need to know in advance if you will be bringing an additional person to the Session. This allows to staff the event properly and to have enough tools and safety equipment for everyone.


What type of Wood is used?

We use rustic reclaimed Pine, Spruce or Fir. Should you like to inquire about other types of wood such as cedar, maple or fir please ask as we may have the supplies to accommodate the request.


What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

We have ample free parking outside of the Shop. The location is within walking distance of the Main St. Skytrain Station and bus routes.


Is my registration/ticket transferrable or refundable?

Refunds and Date Transfers: Refunds and or Date Transfers will not be issued within 10 days of the Shop Class Session. See below for additional options.

Transfer of Ticket : We want to make your experience with our Shop Class sessions a positive one, so we allow the transfer of a Shop Class ticket in the event that you can't make it. You may transfer your ticket to another person and they can submit a new design by the Wednesday prior to the Shop Class Session. You may also transfer your ticket to another attendee up until the Session date, but we will not be able to alter the design specs submitted.

Pay it Forward: You can't make it to your Shop Class Session and you want to Pay it Forward by donating your spot to a person in the community who has given back to the community through volunteering or who may not otherwise be able to afford to attend a Shop Class Session.


For all other questions related to our DIY Sessions, send us an email to