|Project by Sgt_Lobo||posted 01-05-2008 09:58 PM||16741 views||34 times favorited||48 comments|
Well, I decided to get in on the winter contest action. I know my box making skills aren’t up there with a lot of the LJs, so I decided to try something that I hadn’t seen posted here yet. I enjoy shooting and I own a variety of different pistols. My “prized” pistol is a Kimber custom gold match .45 stainless that I purchased prior to them installing the dreaded grip safeties. Anyhow, the gun came in a plain jane plastic box and I just had to have something better to display this beauty in. So, after an extensive search of LJs didn’t produce another gun box, I knew I had my project for the contest entry…
On to the box…The box is made of walnut with cocobolo inlays for the lid and keys. As you can see, I also adorned the lid with a Texas ranger star concho than my buddy who works with leather suggested. The finish is 3 coats of de-waxed shellac, 1 coat of amber shellac, and 2 coats of paste wax.
The hardest part of this project wasn’t actually the making of the box, but rather the cutting of the foam. I refused to go spend money on a wire foam cutter for a one time use project, so I ended up cutting the dense foam with an exacto knife. Without the pistol in place, the edges of my cuts are jagged and ratty looking, so someday I will try to re-do it when I figure out a better way to cut the foam.
Another interesting tidbit is that I ran out of cocobolo, hence the walnut strip that splits the lid. I wish I could say that was planned, but it was actually because my hand was forced… But, in the end I’m glad it was because I think it just adds to the character of the box.
Well, I’m about boxed out, so I think this will be my last small box for awhile. I hope you all enjoy and thanks for taking the time to look!
-- Sgt_Lobo -- Aurora, CO