LumberJocks

Gun Box -- Winter Contest Entry

  • Advertise with us
Project by Sgt_Lobo posted 2418 days ago 15471 views 33 times favorited 48 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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





48 comments so far

View rikkor's profile

rikkor

11295 posts in 2499 days


#1 posted 2418 days ago

That’s a nice box to show off a prized piece.

View mrtrim's profile

mrtrim

1696 posts in 2504 days


#2 posted 2418 days ago

great entry lobo , i also like the lid outcome . well done good luck !

View coloradoclimber's profile

coloradoclimber

548 posts in 2692 days


#3 posted 2418 days ago

It looks great. The joinery looks clean and everything looks tight. I like the rounded corners, it seems to fit well with the overall size and function of the box. The walnut stripe looks good, probably better than a single species lid. Another fine piece of work.

View GaryK's profile

GaryK

10262 posts in 2612 days


#4 posted 2418 days ago

Form fits function! Great box with very nice proportions.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

View mot's profile

mot

4911 posts in 2660 days


#5 posted 2418 days ago

The box is beautiful!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

View Douglas Bordner's profile

Douglas Bordner

3962 posts in 2688 days


#6 posted 2418 days ago

Sarge, That is a handsome box and a fine .45 ACP sidearm. I have watched you steadily improve your skills over the last two months. Have no fear, I think it’s just more icing on the cake when it comes to more skill sets in your boxmaking career. I think you are there.

Why 10 rounds? Even with a full mag and one in the pipe, you have a backup. Just curious.
I have a few weapons locked up tight from my bachelor days. I keep telling myself that someday I will build french-fitted boxes for them. But as they will always be outside the home, it doesn’t make much sense. Someday, when I have my quonset hut shop and my berm out back I may start stuffing my own cartridges again…

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

View CharlieM1958's profile

CharlieM1958

15683 posts in 2842 days


#7 posted 2418 days ago

You are certainly a quick learner, Sarge. This is a very sophisticated-looking box. Well done!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

View Critterman's profile

Critterman

595 posts in 2434 days


#8 posted 2418 days ago

Very nicely done and the texas star on top is like the whipped cream…excellent touch.

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

View MsDebbieP's profile

MsDebbieP

18615 posts in 2785 days


#9 posted 2418 days ago

gorgeous box!
I like your write-up as well.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

View Sgt_Lobo's profile

Sgt_Lobo

87 posts in 2482 days


#10 posted 2418 days ago

Thank you all for the great comments! Douglas, I put the extra 10 rounds in there more for show than anything else. So, as you have put together, if I’m carrying this thing full, I’ll have 31 rounds total…

I also forgot to mention another problem I ran into on this box. The center piece of walnut on the lid…The walnut I have is a good 3/4” think and the cocobolo is only 1/4” thick. I sure wasn’t going to sand off a 1/2” of walnut and shaving it with my table saw was a risky proposition. I don’t have a thickness planer either. So, I had to make a jig for my router that allowed me to use a straight bit like a thickness planer. The jig worked great and I was able to successfully thin down my walnut to match the cocobolo for the lid.

Also, this project has spurred a new project for me. When I get a chance I will purchase some more cocobolo and attempt to make some custom grips to match the case!

-- Sgt_Lobo -- Aurora, CO

View rikkor's profile

rikkor

11295 posts in 2499 days


#11 posted 2418 days ago

Now that would be the crowning touch.

View TomFran's profile

TomFran

2942 posts in 2618 days


#12 posted 2418 days ago

Very nice box! The Kimber 45 is nice too. My son has a Kimber Ultra Carry 45 that he likes a lot. He might even like to have a custom made box for his too.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

View Sgt_Lobo's profile

Sgt_Lobo

87 posts in 2482 days


#13 posted 2418 days ago

I bet he would Tom! Kimber is one of the better 1911 makers out there. The Ultra Carry is a very fine sidearm (especially if he carries concealed). Sounds like a fine gift idea if you ask me…

-- Sgt_Lobo -- Aurora, CO

View Blake's profile

Blake

3437 posts in 2498 days


#14 posted 2418 days ago

You are a quick learner. I’m a big fan of your boxes. Great job and really nice details. I agree with you about the walnut… it does add character. I like the hardware you used too, where did you get the star on the lid?

-- Happy woodworking! http://www.openarmsphotography.com

View EGA's profile

EGA

223 posts in 2437 days


#15 posted 2418 days ago

Any M-1911 rate’s a comfortablle place to rest and you fixed yours up in an outstanding display case. I have high regards for these remarkable firearms for I got pretty close to mine in nam, even talked to it a few times I think. Semper Fi

-- www.flickr.com/photos/egamarine/

showing 1 through 15 of 48 comments

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

GardenTenders.com :: gardening showcase