A very valuable box

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Project by bbasiaga posted 08-02-2015 04:00 PM 1240 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first ever box.

This was supposed to be a father’s day gift for my dad, but well, you know how things get behind sometimes. :) Anyway, it is done. Made from Cherry, finished with Watco natural color danish oil. The sides are half blind dovetails, and the bottom is quarter inch ply setting in with dado slots. The hole in the front is for an internal lock set I got from Woodcraft.

There is a story behind this. My dad has a very old gun that is in good condition, and quite rare. The books value it pretty high. At one time when I was younger, he thought to trade it in on a different collectible firearm. Can’t even remember what. At the time he was expecting about $800 in value from it. But the guy on the other end of the deal, after swooning over the excellent condition, said he could only give $150 because it didn’t have the original box. Dad had done his research though, and knew that the pieces from this era were shipped in plain, unmarked white cardboard. 60+ years later, almost no specimens were still with their box, and those that had them sold for nearly the same price. Alas, a deal was not to be done that day.

We joked about that box for a long time. In the intervening years he never sold or traded the gun. It may become the closest thing we will have to a family heirloom. Now, it has a box. Worth a minimum of $650!

-- Part of engineering is to know when to put your calculator down and pick up your tools.

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#1 posted 08-02-2015 04:47 PM

This turned out beautifully and will make a nice pistol box. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#2 posted 08-02-2015 07:08 PM

Nice looking Box! You mean I should of kept all them cardboard boxes from my guns? LOL!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#3 posted 08-03-2015 12:29 AM

Really nice box. Walther or Ruger?

-- Bob

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#4 posted 08-14-2015 09:06 PM

$650 bucks for the Box , That means the whole thing is worth about $1500 plus now.

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