Gun Cleaning Box

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Project by TWegs posted 04-29-2017 10:38 PM 1307 views 6 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was inspired by all the excellent gun cleaning boxes I found posted on this site, and tried to put my own spin on my design. The main box is made of curly maple and the lid has a cherry raised panel. The tray, drawer and the gun stands are made of hard maple. As with all my projects, this was all done with hand tools; all joints are interlocking and hand cut (no screws or brads holding it together). The raised panel was done with a No. 4 smoothing plane. I did use an electric drill driver to drill the pilot holes in mounting the hardware (shame on me!). It is finished with a french polish of blonde shellac and a few coats of wax. I lined the inside tray space and gun mounts with felt to keep gun oil from soaking into the wood and protect the stocks of my guns. This was my first attempt at quadrant hinges and mortising the recess for them by hand was a bit tricky. But I think they turned out okay and the lid closes snug. Lots of mistakes and flaws, but I enjoyed making this and I learned a lot.

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#1 posted 04-29-2017 11:49 PM

Nice looking box!

-- Ron, Northern Illinois

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#3 posted 04-30-2017 11:29 AM

Very nice! I like this a lot.

-- MAO (Indiana)

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#4 posted 04-30-2017 08:48 PM

What a “BANG-UP” job. I know cheap pun; someone was going to say it anyway!

Really top gun work!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#5 posted 04-30-2017 09:46 PM

This is a great gun box and so nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#6 posted 05-01-2017 03:41 PM

nice box

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#7 posted 05-01-2017 03:53 PM

Well done, Sir.

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#8 posted 08-25-2017 12:57 AM

Sweet joinery and beautiful finish

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