|Project by BurlyBob||posted 03-14-2016 06:02 PM||652 views||0 times favorited||17 comments|
This is a box I built as a gift for my cousin in Germany. He is enamored with the Old West and dreams of riding a horse across the prairie and cooking a steak on an open fired. This box as several firsts for me, recessed hinges, wood burning and cutting splines. I bought the spurs in Mexico last year for my cousin as I knew was going to visit him next week. The badge is one a friend gave me as a retirement present. He bought it for me thinking it was like the first badge I wore. As much as I appreciated him getting it for me, it’s nothing like the City Marshall badge I wore 40 years ago. I’m certain that my cousin will love it. I had my neighbor build the Diamond D brand. I couldn’t brand the box with it so I copied the outline of the brand and used a wood burner. That took me over an hour. Recessing the hinges also took me over an hour each. I know it can be done faster but I endeavored to be extra careful and not screw up. There’s 8 coats of poly on the top. It could have used another 6 at least but I’m out of time. Decided to quit while I was ahead. So Ralph gets the box, spurs, badge and the branding iron. That is if it all gets thru customs. Keep your fingers crossed for me. Can’t wait to see the look on his face when he see this.