Range box for pistol range

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Project by Carey Mitchell posted 08-28-2017 03:25 AM 886 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My brother-in-law is a serious pistol shooter and wanted to build a range box similar to those other shooters have. The typical box holds a couple of target pistols, magazines, targets, and ammo. it has a side that folds up and locks and supports a spotting scope. Naturally, his had to be nicer than anything on the range.

I picked up some walnut from a new shipment and a couple had beautiful figure. Planed them down to 1/2” to reduce the weight and used box joints rather than dovetails as the sides were too wide for the dovetail apparatus and there was no time to do them by hand.

The knobs go up through the case into brass threaded inserts in the folding side to lock it in place to prevent wind from blowing it closed – with the spotting scope! He added a leather carrying handle later.

The finish was a coat of 1 pound cut shellac, followed by a couple of coats of lacquer (my usual blend of 1/2 SG and 1/2 satin).

The result was really nice and got him a lot attention on the range.

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#1 posted 08-28-2017 01:19 PM

Very nice range box I am sure he is very proud of it, More pictures please.
I see a dovetail /boxjoint jig on the wall are you happy with it ?is it responsible for the nice joints?

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#2 posted 08-28-2017 01:57 PM

This is a very nice range box.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#3 posted 08-28-2017 03:57 PM

very cool…. I can think of lots of ways the interior could be customized.

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#4 posted 08-30-2017 02:49 AM

Very nice range box I am sure he is very proud of it, More pictures please.
I see a dovetail /boxjoint jig on the wall are you happy with it ?is it responsible for the nice joints?

- Dee1

I did not use the dovetail/boxjoint jig, as the panels were too wide. Did the box joints on the table saw. If there had been time, I would have done hand cut dovetails. Have not used the jig in a couple of years, as I have come to love hand cutting dovetails. Working on a queen Anne lowboy that will have 4 drawers with hand-cut half-blind dovetails – will take some time. Should be ready to post in about 2-3 weeks.

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#5 posted 10-06-2017 09:13 PM

Great craftsmanship here, beautiful wood, and nice tight joints. Nice work.

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