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Project by miles125 posted 03-23-2009 06:17 PM 2783 views 4 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Having loose ammunition in a drawer and being a woodworker with too much time on my hands lately gave me the idea for this box. I wanted it to look like it sat on the counter of a 1930’s sporting goods store for years. Maybe i got close.

The hinges are two six penny finish nails, not sure about it being period correct, but i thought it added to the simpleness of it. The wood is Long Leaf Heart Pine that came from a 130 year old house that burned near me. There is no traditional finish to speak of. But i did come up with a novel (and top secret) way to “dirty it up” that i think will stay put and offer future protection.

My thanks to Winchester for being such a long standing and respected American brand name. I hope they don’t mind me using their trademark logo for my own personal use. If they do i’ll make em one. Or better, i’ll make em 500 and they’ll only have to pay for 499!

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#1 posted 03-23-2009 06:44 PM

great… i like everything about it

-- Paul , Calfornia

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#2 posted 03-23-2009 06:50 PM

Very authentic looking!

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

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#3 posted 03-23-2009 07:29 PM

Now that looks rustic, like it has been around for many many years…. Well I guess the wood has been just not in that form….LOL

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#4 posted 03-23-2009 08:08 PM

i like that, i always have wood around i can do something like that with. thanks for the inspiration.

-- Got Wood?

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#5 posted 03-23-2009 08:21 PM

Neat project. How did you make the logo?

-- Happy woodworking!

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#6 posted 03-23-2009 09:47 PM

Thanks for the compliment guys.

Blake, I traced it off my laptop screen then applied to the top with carbon paper. Just used a red & black Sharpie to fill in.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#7 posted 03-23-2009 11:28 PM

Sure looks like you accomplished your mission. Great job.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#8 posted 03-23-2009 11:47 PM

I love to take it on that PBS show “Antiques roadshow”.

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#9 posted 03-24-2009 12:11 AM

Lol Dennis..Reminds me of a story i read of a guy who had a reproduction 18th Century chair he made that sat in Smithsonian museum for quite a few years.

I was either blessed or burdened with too much of a conscience to try it. Might be fun to just experiment with appraiser competence though :)

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#10 posted 03-24-2009 01:28 AM


-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#11 posted 03-24-2009 03:12 AM

I love the latch ! I should make one for my brother except he’s going to need a REALLY BIG! one.

Great job!

-- - " If you want square work, You don't cut corners. " - -- Tom Goodman, Santa Maria, CA.

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#12 posted 03-24-2009 05:24 AM

nice work … the nail hinge is a neat idea too

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#13 posted 03-24-2009 06:57 AM

Planning on stealing the hinge idea. I like the whole thing!

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

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#14 posted 03-24-2009 12:39 PM

Very cool idea Miles, it sure does look authentic.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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