One from the vaults - Ebony and Maple briefcase

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Project by BritBoxmaker posted 04-04-2010 08:15 PM 2999 views 9 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is one I made at the turn of the millenium. The sides are solid Ebony (hand cut dovetails), the front and back are book-matched Bird’s Eye Maple veneered. Brass combination locks and fitments. The inside is leather lined. The handle is an Ebony and Brass sandwich, homemade. Coated in Rustin’s plastic coating for durability.

I still use this when I want to impress, which isn’t as often as it used to be sadly.


-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#1 posted 04-04-2010 08:29 PM

Wow! this is really beautiful. Awsome work!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#2 posted 04-04-2010 09:02 PM

dang! that briefcase loks impressive
realy a great mix of wood + brass
and with the leather inside
that is for sure one thing you
can bee proud of
and I realy wish you woood
show it more than you have
time for
those uptown paper mover
deserve something to think
about instead of pure mamon

thankĀ“s for sharing this elegant case


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#3 posted 04-04-2010 09:47 PM

Awesome. You have amazed me again!

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#4 posted 04-04-2010 11:39 PM

great looking brief case… well done…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#5 posted 04-05-2010 12:17 AM

Beautiful briefcase well done

-- Custom furniture

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#7 posted 04-05-2010 02:46 AM

Beautiful Work!!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#8 posted 04-05-2010 02:55 AM

Beautiful birdseye maple! I don’t know if I’ve seen such a wide and perfect piece before.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#9 posted 04-05-2010 04:15 AM

before i read the words ,
i thought ,

’ this must be something martyn made
in elementary school ,
before they taught him geometry ‘

seriously ,
your work is outstanding !

well done .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#10 posted 04-05-2010 01:11 PM

David, lmao.

Many thanks to all of you for the kind words of encouragement.


-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#11 posted 04-06-2010 03:54 AM

Looks Outstanding! Probably costs a small fortune with all the ebony; never the less, well worht it.

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#12 posted 04-06-2010 05:24 PM

Beautiful briefcase.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#13 posted 04-06-2010 11:26 PM

make a splash at you next presentation

-- ---ray suppan--- anger + woodworking = -finger AHHHHHHHH!!!!

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#14 posted 02-10-2011 03:59 AM

I love this briefcase
fantastic work

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - --

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#15 posted 02-10-2011 03:07 PM

Thank you, Steli. It was a bit of a labour of love but I like it too despite that.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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