Gun Cleaning Kit (Gunsmith Box)

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Project by Blake posted 12-26-2008 12:38 AM 15128 views 36 times favorited 37 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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This box is a gift for my best friend who I grew up with. He told his girlfriend that he wanted a similar version that he saw in the Cabela’s catalog. She called me and asked it me if I could build something a little nicer. This is the result.

Made of Bloodwood with solid book-matched Madrone Burl and Curly Maple on the top (no veneer). Half-blind dovetail joinery cut on the router table. Premium solid brass hardware throughout. Lined with black leather (suede side up), finished with boiled linseed oil and wax.

The half-mortise chest lock locks the right lid and the left lid is kept closed by a brass tab. A brass rod runs through the front of the box and down through the drawer fronts to keep them locked. To open the drawers the top must first be opened and the rod removed (similar to a “Craftsman” tool box).

Unlike the Cabelas version, the two sides of the lid allow the box to be pushed up against the wall while open, give more workspace for cleaning supplies to sit, and automatically pull up the gun holders like a pop-up book.

The drawer fronts feature my first attempt at chip-carving behind the brass knobs. All in all about 40 to 50 hours of work (I lost count).

Here you can see the brass rod which keeps the drawers locked:

My Sketchup Drawing:

From the Cabelas Catalog (everything including cleaning supplies under $100):

-- Happy woodworking!

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James Lango

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#1 posted 12-26-2008 12:45 AM

Merry Christmas Blake! Very nice project. I was waiting for the finish pics, since i seen your sketch ups a few weeks ago. she turned out nice. Love the half blinds for the drawers- cut into the rabited egde. True craftsmanship..


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#2 posted 12-26-2008 12:46 AM

Great design and choice of materials that have been executed flawlessly. Truly spectacular. Thanks for sharing, Blake.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#3 posted 12-26-2008 12:46 AM

Ditto on James comments. Checked out the website as well. Very inspirational

-- Norm (AKA - The Maddhatter), Middletown DE

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#4 posted 12-26-2008 01:00 AM

Beautiful Blake. I wish I could afford to commission one from you.

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#5 posted 12-26-2008 01:05 AM

That’s truly great Blake! I can almost smell the Hoppe’s No. 9 from here in SC. Great craftsmanship as well as choice of woods.

-- Carl Rast, Pelion, SC

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#6 posted 12-26-2008 01:16 AM

WOW, their a lot go on in such a small space. All the detail is first rate, I really like the detail around the pull knobs. I remember the post on your router table and your efforts pay-off on this gem. Happy Holidays and thank for the post. Blkcherry

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#7 posted 12-26-2008 01:36 AM

Absolutely wonderful. I love things like this. I appreciate you showing us the box, it is an absolutely stunning piece of work. Also, tell your friend thanks for thinking outside the box (no pun intended) and letting you have some artistic liberties with the design. He ended up with an absolutely awesome box.

Thanks again for showing, merry Christmas,

-- -- Rob Hix, King George, VA

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#8 posted 12-26-2008 02:12 AM

Wow, just an amazing piece of work! Beautiful finish, I love the curly maple contrast and the burl.
I also really like the chip carving behind the drawer pulls, great touch and good job.

Merry Christmas and thanks for sharing

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#9 posted 12-26-2008 02:36 AM

Blake. A great piece of workmanship. Nice job on the details.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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Douglas Bordner

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#10 posted 12-26-2008 02:41 AM

Wow. That’s one elegant gun box! Great job Blake.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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Thos. Angle

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#11 posted 12-26-2008 03:16 AM

Now, Blake, I’m your friend, right? My birthday is in March, hint, hint, hint. Really great design and workmanship. A classic.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#12 posted 12-26-2008 03:59 AM

Blake, I’ve been away from the Forum for awhile. When I left your work was good, but man – you have stepped it up several notches! Beautiful box (and Sketchup skills too).

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

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#13 posted 12-26-2008 04:30 AM

File this under “Too nice to actually use”!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#14 posted 12-26-2008 04:31 AM

You’ve outdone yourself again. I was thinking about stealing your design but I don’t think I could match your skill and talent.

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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#15 posted 12-26-2008 05:23 AM

Beautiful job! I am sure your friend was very pleased. Very nice! Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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