Peacemaker Key Holder

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Project by Scherzo53 posted 07-08-2015 10:08 PM 892 views 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This key holder was built for my son who is a captain in the Marine Corp. I searched the web and found various pictures of the Colt 45 from the late 1800’s. I also found a web page that had actual dimensions and detailed plans used for construction during that period in time. The revolver and bullets are actual size.

I’m not sure if this counts as Intarsia but it was my first attempt at something serious. I included some fretwork, word art

The handle, barrel and bullets were made from cherry “fire wood.” There is always an abundance of downed wild cherry trees in our neighborhood so I used one of the older logs to extract the wood I needed. The barrel and bullets were turned on the lathe and then cut in half. The cylinder is walnut, drilled and then turned on my lathe. My first attempt at making the cylinder out of cherry didn’t work very well since I attempted to drill the holes after turning on the lathe. The problems were compounded because I didn’t have a drill press so the results weren’t acceptable.

The oval background is 3/8” maple. I designed the word art based using Inkscape getting my ideas from the badge of the Texas Rangers, late 1800’s era. If I remember correctly, the scroll work was done using a scrap of pecan.

The second picture was sent to me from my son once he put into use.

-- Stephen, Catonsville MD

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#1 posted 07-09-2015 04:53 PM

Absolutely beautiful job. You’ve realy done detailed research. The pistol looks great. Generaly good idea for key holder.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 07-09-2015 08:47 PM

An excellent job on this. Truly original. I like it!

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

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#3 posted 07-12-2015 11:26 AM

I would definitely call that intarsia and for a first piece quite an excellent job as well. You have talent and should keep delving deeper into this art form. If you want any tips, encouragement or advice, we’re practically neighbors, pm me.

-- ---Joel; Central MD...rookie empter nester and getting back into woodworking!

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