Instrument Case

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Project by HeirloomWoodworking posted 01-29-2011 04:43 AM 2143 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My nephew is a fan of Irish music. Recently for Christmas his parents generously gave him a custom brass Irish Whistle. This instrument is somehwhat foriegn to me, but I really enjoyed listening to the sample music available on the web.

The young man came to me desiring a custom case that was suitable for display of the beautiful instument as well as safely transporting it.

I do not really specialize in box making, as I normally work in much larger scale, so this was a learning experience for me in a lot of ways.

The walnut body is constructed from a single board so that the grain smoothly runs around the sides of the case. I used a piece of spalted maple for the dovetail miter splines.

I have seen several Lumberjocks mention using Inlace products in their projects, so I have begun experimenting with incorporating it in some of my projects. Other than the smell (whew!) it really adds a new dimension to the work. I like the results!

I am also happy with the hardware that I decided upon, including the hinges that have a positive stop allowing the lid to be held open just past vertical.

Several coats of a home brew Maloof finish and a couple buffings of wax, and I am off to deliver the prize tonight. I hope he enjoys it!

Thanks for letting me share.

-- Trevor Premer Head Termite and Servant to the Queen - Heirloom Woodworking

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#1 posted 01-29-2011 05:04 AM

Beautiful box. Very nicely done. Very nice gift. Thanks for posting.

God bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#2 posted 01-29-2011 06:44 AM

Great box, very well done, good color and design, great job.

-- Tom D

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#3 posted 01-29-2011 11:47 AM

Wow great job and what a beautiful box for a cool Irish Whistle. Love the inlay as well…. Very nice.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 01-29-2011 02:49 PM

Beautiful work Trevor. Walnut is hard to beat when it’s made into something as nice as this box.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 01-29-2011 04:24 PM

Good stuff Trevor! Looks like a fine a home for a cool instrument that I can think of.

Thanks for sharing!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#6 posted 01-30-2011 12:43 AM

Lucky nephew! A beautiful case.

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#7 posted 01-30-2011 03:51 AM


Wow! That’s a fine looking case! We’re certain your nephew will be absolutely delighted. The instrument looks really intriguing, too.

My husband asked me to make a case for a piano keyboard that we carry to our afterschool Bible clubs. We were toting it around in a cardboard box that I had rigged up with a carrying strap. It was starting to fall apart so I took the challenge. It turned out really nice (actually pretty mediocre compared to yours) but it weighed so much that my hubby said he was getting too old to carry that much weight. (It weighs about 10 times as much as the measly keyboard.) The case is now retired!!


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#8 posted 01-30-2011 09:53 PM

Begorra! Sure and it’s a foine case for the instrument. The contrast with the wood, corner splines and inlays are great. Thanks for sharing!

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#9 posted 01-30-2011 11:27 PM

That’s some very nice work for a first medium-scale project!

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#10 posted 01-30-2011 11:48 PM

That is one fantastically beautiful box. And nicely done on the inside, as well. I really like the cradles that caress the whistle.
BTW, don’t know nuttin about them, but that’s a sweet looking instrument. Looking all the sweeter nestled in your box.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#11 posted 02-01-2011 11:10 PM

I’m a whistle player as well (although I mostly play wooden flute these days). That looks like a Michael Burke Low D Session Brass whistle to me. I’m sure your nephew is going to be delighted with the case. But I have to tell you, he’s probably going to collect many more whistles and cram them in there as well :-)

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