Variegated Cherry Gun Box

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Project by MadMark posted 04-20-2016 05:13 AM 1458 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Friend of mine just got a nice Colt 1911 and I made this storage box today (about an hour from raw roughcut 1×6 x 18 to final glue up).

The wood is varagated cherry cutoff – the warp started with the sapwood. It was planed smooth (but not super flat) and the divided in two, one wide (5-1/2”) end for the top & bottom and two narrow (2”) rips from the other half.

The slabs were resawn to 5/16” from each side and then sanded to remove any bumps.

The box outer dims are 8-1/2” x 5-3/4” x 2”

The end slot is cut 1/32” narrower the the side slots. The top is sloped on the underside so it rides up on the end dado and jams sufficiently to hold the top in place.

The ‘burn mark on the top of the end is not a burn mark, rather it is a spot of natural coloration.

I only exposed one bead from my triple bead bit to cut the bottom detail. It gives the box a little elevation.

The box as shown is unfinished, my friend does his own finishing.



-- Madmark -

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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 04-20-2016 05:26 AM

COOL design… with the top, etc.

Great job!

Your friend will Like it!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#2 posted 04-20-2016 07:15 AM

I find very interesting this way of box opening.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 04-20-2016 08:56 AM

nice. how are the corners joined and how is the bottom attached?

-- I'm not creative, I'm just bad at copying

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#4 posted 04-20-2016 03:01 PM

Everything is simple butt joints including the bottom. The top holds in place once seated and will only open from the ‘handle’, such as it is. The handle is the cut off from the end piece.

Here are a couple of pics of the start of finishing.

There is very little scrap. Most is shavings from the planer or sawdust.


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#5 posted 04-21-2016 03:07 AM

Mark, You have made a beautiful box and have let the wood speak for itself. Nice work. I like your flush top and bottom design. The pattern in the cherry top and bottom is beautiful. If you would have used 45 degree corner joints the holes for your dado slots would not show. I also found that putting rare earth magnets at the handle-end helped to hold the box lid in place when it was closed. in the interest of sharing ideas, this is what I am talking about. It is easier to explain this concept with pictures than it is with words.

Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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