Heirloom Gun box

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Project by cincywoodworker posted 08-25-2009 02:17 AM 1971 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first professional looking project for myself. I constructed the box of walnut and cherry with box joints. The lid is a cherry fame holding a glass top. The interior was custom cut for the hand gun and then coated with the Suede Tex.

-- Grant, from Northern Kentucky

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#1 posted 08-25-2009 02:58 AM

Nice looking box.

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#2 posted 08-25-2009 03:46 AM

looks good Grant.

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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#3 posted 08-25-2009 04:05 AM

Looks great from here in Dayton. Maybe you could add some holes to hold individual bullets. I like the glass top and lock and key features

-- Ben Kahmann Dayton, OH

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#4 posted 08-25-2009 05:23 AM

cool gun case very nice

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#5 posted 08-25-2009 02:30 PM

Fantastic job.

What is the interior material? If the gun profile is cut into wood, what did you use to do it? Thanks.

-- Derrek L.

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#6 posted 08-25-2009 03:04 PM


The interior was made from a couple of scraps of MDF. On the top piece I carefully marked out the profile of the gun and then cut it out with a scroll saw and then sanded the profile so it was nice and smooth. I then laminated to top and bottom pieces together. I did a quick shelac coat to seal the MDF and then coated the assembly with brown Suede Tex. It is basically a brown epoxy that coats the MDF and then you blow in small threads to give it a felt like feel and appearance. This assembly was just dropped into the completed box. So it could be removed if needed.

-- Grant, from Northern Kentucky

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#7 posted 08-25-2009 03:07 PM


I do have a couple of bullets left, but I thought it would be best if they were away from the gun. The best feature I see so far is that it looks like there is no hinge or key at first glance so people think that you have to unscrew the top to get to the gun.

-- Grant, from Northern Kentucky

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#8 posted 08-25-2009 04:15 PM

Nice series of boxes, Grant. I think this one’s my favorite though!
How did those hinges work out for you? I saw a pair at the hardware store (slightly larger), bought them, but haven’t got around to using them yet…
I had in mind to build something like this a number of years ago, got as far as cutting the shape of the “Piece” and its magazines out of a scrap of 2 X 10, but other projects pushed it to the back burner. Thanks for the inspiration to move it along! :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#9 posted 08-25-2009 04:31 PM

These hinges worked out pretty well, I still mortised them in just into the bottom of the box, not in the lid.

-- Grant, from Northern Kentucky

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#10 posted 08-27-2009 05:06 AM

Congrats on the case, it came out great.

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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#11 posted 08-27-2009 05:08 AM

Great Lookin Gun Box

-- Jim, Kentucky

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