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Poker Chip Case for Son's Birthday

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Project by mike posted 10-07-2007 07:09 PM 2926 views 17 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Project is a birthday gift for our eldest son. Poker chip case project is an adaptation of the one in Woodsmith Magazine (one of my favorites) Vol. 27 Issue 158. The top panel is the same Carpathian Elm Burl veneer that I used for the mirror project posted earlier last year. The wood is Kentucky Coffeebean one on the hardest and most contrary woods I’ve worked with yet. Finish is several coats of rubbed China Oil (Tung Oil) and the case is lined with green felt. Chips are casino grade with the ESPN Poker Club logo. Really enjoyed the project and learned several new techniques in the process.

Thanks for looking
Mike

-- Mike, Maryland, www.thewoodenquill.com





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Dan'um Style

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#1 posted 10-07-2007 07:48 PM

nice work ! your son will treasure this one .. hope it brings him luck

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#2 posted 10-07-2007 11:45 PM

Neat design! Nice looking box!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#3 posted 10-08-2007 02:28 AM

That is NICE! Looks like a lot of fun to build.

-- Don, on California's Central Coast

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#4 posted 10-08-2007 03:07 AM

Very nice are the catches on the front and the back the same. It looks like you’ve used pins to register the top and bottom. Do you have a metal shield in the upper lid?

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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mike

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#5 posted 10-08-2007 03:16 AM

Thanks for the comments!

Karson – Catches are the same – brass table latches actually. Table pins to register the case sides. No metal shield
in the upper lid – no sure of the question. Box hold 500 casino grade poker chips – poker chips alone weigh over 12 lbs.

MB_BeachBum: Yes great project to build. KY Coffeebean was an interesting wood as well.

Mike

-- Mike, Maryland, www.thewoodenquill.com

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IowaWoodcrafter

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#6 posted 10-08-2007 03:35 AM

I really like the bookmatch burl wood on the lid. Is it solid or veneered? What type of wood is it? Do you design this yourself or from a plan?

-- Owen Johnson - aka IowaWoodcrafter

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Karson

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#7 posted 10-08-2007 03:47 AM

Mike what I was asking if the metal peg went into a wooden hole or if the hole had a metal liner to keep it from enlarging over time.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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mike

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#8 posted 10-08-2007 04:00 AM

Karson

Well that’s a dahhh moment. Yes these are brass table pins with a pin and cup pair for alignment.

IowaWoodcrafter: The lid panel is a 1/2” thick glued up KY Coffeebean panel with book match Carpathian Elm
Burl Veneer. This is the same veneer I used for the mirror in another project posted here.

Plans can be found in Woodsmith Magazine Vol. 27 Issue 158 the only modification I made was the type of lumber used – Woodsmith article used oak and I changed the style of the handles on the trays – liked the recessed pulls better.

Mike

-- Mike, Maryland, www.thewoodenquill.com

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CharlieM1958

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#9 posted 10-08-2007 04:33 AM

Fantastic job! This one should get box-lover Don’s attention.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#10 posted 10-08-2007 04:57 AM

Very nice. I’m sure it will get lots of use.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Krisztian

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#11 posted 10-08-2007 06:50 AM

Beautiful box!Perfect birthday gift.I love the Carpathian Elm Burl.

-- Krisztian VA My website: www.vacarpentry.com

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#12 posted 10-08-2007 08:08 AM

Outstanding box, well crafted and excellent choice of woods.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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herbr

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#13 posted 10-08-2007 02:45 PM

Very nice box-I`m sure it will be treasured!

-- Spread love with our work

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#14 posted 10-08-2007 03:30 PM

OK, just when you thought you know your wood…Kentucky Coffeebean? Where did you find this wood?

The poker chip box is outstanding. What a nice personal touch for a gift.

-- WaywardHoosier - Behind schedule and over budget, but who's counting? Well of course she is!

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mike

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#15 posted 10-08-2007 08:28 PM

To read about Kentucky Coffee Bean follow this link here.

There is a sawmill in Maryland that carries it at times – I bought this particular set of boards off ebay
last year for another idea I had but used cherry instead for that project.

-- Mike, Maryland, www.thewoodenquill.com

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