|Project by Blake||posted 12-26-2008 12:38 AM||12502 views||34 times favorited||37 comments|
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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):
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