American Chestnut Briefcase

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Project by jaykaypur posted 06-29-2014 10:12 PM 1770 views 7 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is pretty much the last of my chestnut. Made for a friend to carry his pencil art drawings in. He uses a plastic, portable typewriter case now. Hopefully this will be an upgrade for him. It’s a surprise. The box measures 17” x 14” x 4” and has brass hinges and latches. I used small brass eyelets and leather as a lid “stay” and it works nicely. I shaped/sanded the handle/handle holders and connected it all with braided leather which fits up into a dado in each. I finished it with Howards wax. All in all, this turned out beautifully and I just hope he uses it

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#1 posted 06-29-2014 10:20 PM

So beautiful!!!

Pray tell where did you get the hardware?

-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien

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#2 posted 06-29-2014 10:27 PM

That is very, very nice. Really like the handle with leather. And, the lid stay is genius. The chains are a real pain. DAMHIK.
I’ve not see a lot of chestnut before. It’s really pretty grain and the color is pleasing.
Good job.
Thanks for posting it.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#3 posted 06-29-2014 10:27 PM

Tokolosi——I got the hardware off of an old artists easel that someone had thrown away.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#4 posted 06-29-2014 10:53 PM

looks like we could all use a good friend like you eh! very creative.

-- Jesus was a carpenter... I'm just saying

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#5 posted 06-29-2014 11:02 PM

Wow sir. That’s really beautiful work.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#6 posted 06-29-2014 11:10 PM

A very nice case for anything.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#7 posted 06-29-2014 11:20 PM

that turned out so very nice, you sure have a nice touch with wood, i feel a kindred spirit here…really good.

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#8 posted 06-29-2014 11:53 PM

I would love to carry my pencils and drawings in there. Wormy chestnut is a gem.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#9 posted 06-30-2014 12:21 AM

Beautiful briefcase! Excellent job on the build.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#10 posted 06-30-2014 12:28 AM

This is the second time I have ever seen a brief case made from wood.

You did a wonderful job doing so and kudos for helping a friend. :)

-- Please help me help other Vets click..> is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#11 posted 06-30-2014 12:30 AM

Just doesn’t get any nicer than this!

That handle is inspired!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#12 posted 06-30-2014 01:25 AM

That chestnut is really purty.

Hmmm, my backpack is getting pretty worn out, and I could really use a briefcase again at work. This gives me an idea.

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#13 posted 06-30-2014 01:58 AM

Smart looking case!


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#14 posted 06-30-2014 03:06 AM

Very nice. I see you found some chestnut too

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#15 posted 06-30-2014 03:33 AM

that’s a really beautiful piece. i’m sure your friend will love it… and i hope you don’t get the comment “it’s too pretty to use!”

-- You know I'm on the level 'cause my bubble's in the middle.

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