Black Walnut Briefcase

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Project by jaykaypur posted 07-10-2014 01:28 PM 2147 views 2 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Black walnut briefcase…measures 16×13 x 3 1/2”. Clasps and handle are handmade out of walnut from same source. I used brass hinges but next time I may try to make them too. Have not finished the inside yet because I am not sure how I want to do it. May leave as is, may line it, or may just apply the same finish as the outside. I used Howards wax on this and wet-sanded and buffed it up real nice. It’s smoother than smooth! This turned out to be a nice little case and ….Wah-Lah….wouldn’t you know, my iPad case fits inside here real nice! LOL As always, thanks for the looks and comments.

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

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#1 posted 07-10-2014 01:37 PM

you are doing really well with these cases, now walnut, i really like the handle you made, goes with all of this very well, a really great job, ive got about 400 bf of walnut, and after looking at a web page yesterday, im thinking of making a walnut bath tub…the idea is still in my head…but.ive got to think on it for a bit, i would have to add onto my house to have a special room for it….maybe i shall put my plans in a walnut brief case first….:)

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

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#2 posted 07-10-2014 02:26 PM

Jay, this is a beautiful piece. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#3 posted 07-10-2014 02:29 PM

Jay, Really nice!

-- 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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#4 posted 07-10-2014 02:31 PM

Really nice Jay. How thick is the wood on the side?

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

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#5 posted 07-10-2014 03:27 PM

Jay, that is a good looking briefcase. Looks like you have those cases down to a science. Whoever ends up with it will be lucky.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#6 posted 07-10-2014 03:37 PM

Nice work. It really looks good and is unique. Do not see many briefcases, much less, one made of Walnut.

-- Brad, Texas,

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#7 posted 07-10-2014 05:07 PM

Jay, this is extraordinary work. The handle and clasp set this case apart and make it one of a kind. Give us some close-ups of the clasp and hinges on your next one please.

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru....

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#8 posted 07-10-2014 08:43 PM

Another great job! Black walnut is my favorite wood. May I suggest a suede lining? This quality exterior deserves the highest quality interior and you want to give a that iPad a comfortable and classy home.

Thanks for posting.

-- Leafherder

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#9 posted 07-10-2014 09:05 PM

Wow. That is great work! Nice choise of lumber and grain. Love it. How weigh?

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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#10 posted 07-10-2014 11:44 PM

Double thumbs up on this one. Very nicely done.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#11 posted 07-11-2014 12:34 AM

Beautifully made. Using almost all wood must be a challenge. Great work. Those front clasps are really nice.

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

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#12 posted 07-11-2014 12:56 AM

Beautiful piece—I really like the wood handle and clasps and would like to see the next one if you add wood hinges.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#13 posted 07-11-2014 02:55 AM

Awesome work Jay. Makes me want to build a custom walnut case for my photography gear. You know, if I hadn’t sold it all to buy more woodworking equipment :)

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#14 posted 07-11-2014 08:01 AM

Jay, nice work. I especially like the closing snaps. Nice touch. Lightly padding the inside would be a possibility.

-- Big Al in IN

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#15 posted 07-11-2014 09:42 AM

Thanks to all for the comments. I am seriously leaning towards lining the box in felt. Have never done it before but watched Stefangs tutorial on it in the forums and it is very good. Thanks again all.

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

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