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Any suggestions or advice? Plus, I need to get the hardware for it. Any Suggestions?

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I'm guessing you're talking about a sub trunk. Birch ply is a popular choice, although if you're going to cover it inside and out, standard 1/2" AC ply is fine. I would do the bottom only in 3/4" (and maybe the you-know-what section), since otherwise it gets very heavy. I'd be interested in what others have to say about this.

As far as the hardware, VanDyke's has a good selection of trunk hardware -- stuff for real trunks, not road cases. Their Web site is at http://www.vandykes.com.
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I will be covering it in canvas and wall paper on the inside. I need to make it as authentic as possible.
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Then by all means go look at some real old trunks (if you haven't already done so). I seem to remember seeing a book about old trunks advertised somewhere; it consisted of catalog cuts from old manufacturers, gathered together into a book.

If your library or bookstore has old Sears catalogs (the reprints from the early teens and twenties), this is a good source too. You can also try local theater groups, antiquarian societies, and similar places -- they often have old trunks lying around.

Good luck!
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