Spalted Maple / Ebony Gun Box

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Project by mony posted 04-22-2015 05:26 PM 1817 views 6 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just completed this box for a coworker. Her husband plans to use the box to store his pistol.
The outside of the box is spalted maple, the inside of the box is hard maple, the trim and inlay is ebony.

-- Mony

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#1 posted 04-22-2015 07:03 PM

Very pretty box and well crafted. I really like the contrast between the spalted maple and the ebony. Thanks for posting. Are using a brass rod for the hinge?

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#2 posted 04-22-2015 07:18 PM

Thanks for the comment.
Yes Ron, I am using 1/8” brass rods for the hinge.

-- Mony

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#3 posted 04-22-2015 08:59 PM

Really nice, I would love to learn to know how you did those corners. Beautiful job!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way thats says "I meant to do that".

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#4 posted 04-22-2015 09:23 PM

Hey Jeff,
If you your talking about the rounded sides or corners, not really that difficult. I just used an 11.5 degree beveling bit (1/2 shank) and beveled the top and bottom of the box before attaching the lid. Then I used a random orbit sander to finish off the rounding.

-- Mony

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#5 posted 04-23-2015 02:04 AM

Sweet box. Thanks for sharing.

-- -- I don't learn anything if you only give praise.... but that's nice too :)

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#6 posted 04-23-2015 02:10 AM

Great looking box…very nice work.

-- Pops ~ In So Cal...

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#7 posted 04-23-2015 04:48 AM

Very attractive, nicely crafted and outstanding wood display.

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

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#8 posted 04-23-2015 01:15 PM

Love the design and contrasting woods. Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#9 posted 04-23-2015 01:30 PM

Very well done. Beautiful design. Gorgeous woods and flawless execution.
Of course, I could say that about every project you’ve posted.
You do good work!

-- 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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#10 posted 04-23-2015 02:37 PM

I went back and reviewed your other projects. Impressive. I especially like your use of inlay.

-- Bob

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#11 posted 04-23-2015 10:58 PM

Very Nice.

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#12 posted 04-24-2015 05:21 AM

Nice job on the box. Question on the construction; is the inside a veneer, or did you somehow “sandwich” the spalted and hard maple together to make the sides/top? Just curious how you constructed the double sides…

Thanks for sharing…

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#13 posted 04-24-2015 03:13 PM

The sides of the box were formed by laminating 3/8” hard maple and 3/8” splalted maple together. I then inlay the ebony in the top edge of the sides between the two woods.
Thanks for asking.

-- Mony

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#14 posted 04-24-2015 03:56 PM

That’s a great idea… never thought of doing that, but I like the concept. I’ll have to try that. Thanks for the update!

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#15 posted 01-24-2016 12:40 PM

Beautiful box Mony and the rest of you boxes are of equal beauity. I too enjoy making boxes, the possibilities are endless.

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