|Project by Pat Cavanaugh||posted 11-06-2014 04:45 AM||1500 views||3 times favorited||7 comments|
I routinely assist the local trophy shop with making custom bases for the Beau Rivage Casino (an MGM Resorts International property) for the trophies presented to the winners of various gambling tournaments. On a Thursday I received a call from the trophy shop asking if I could make a trophy base and box for a $200, 21 year old bottle of scotch that would be used as a trophy for a $150,000 poker tournament in a little over a week.
Turns out they had planned to present the scotch in its original packaging but the box was stained and would not be worthy of presenting to the winner of such a prestigious tournament. So I picked up the scotch the next day and set out to build a box around the interior bottle protector from the original box.
Having recently watched David Piccuito’s video https://drunkenwoodworker.com/how-make-wine-box-incra-i-box-jig on I was inspired to use box joints on the scotch box. However, I don’t have the I-Box so I had to quickly whip up a box joint jig that I attached to my Incra 1000 miter gauge.
Since scotch is aged in oak barrels, I felt it was appropriate to use oak for the trophy. Mitered corners on the 3/4” material for the base. 1/4” box joints on the 1/2” material for the scotch box. When I delivered it to the trophy shop, the owner’s reaction was priceless. Her response was, “They’re going to love it. Thank you for making me look so good.”
-- Pat - Biloxi, MS