|Project by whit||posted 06-22-2011 02:46 AM||2135 views||0 times favorited||7 comments|
This is a small box used to verify handgun sizes for IDPA shooting matches at one of the GADPA (Atlanta, GA) local area matches. If the gun fits in the box (and complies with the other requirements for the guns based on division), the shooter can use it. So, to paraphrase the inimitable Johnnie Cochran, if it doesn’t fit, you can’t shoot it.
I made this one out of bamboo flooring that’s been planed to ~1/2” thick. My next one will probably be made out of oak. I’ll stick with the same thickness but go with finger joints instead of mitered corners. The hinges and handle are made out of bamboo, as well, but the grain direction is different. The logo is engraved on the cover.
Bamboo makes splinters – lots and LOTS of splinters.
You can’t use lateral laminations of bamboo oriented parallel to the hinge pins for hinges. Well . . . you CAN, but you shouldn’t. There’s not enough strength to hold everything together. For you folks who have been down this path before, that’s probably a no-brainer. For me, it was a “DOH” moment. NOW it’s a no-brainer.
Making wooden or, in this case, grass hinges is a trip. I originally tried using the Jointech jig but I like the Incra jig better. The Jointech jig I have is good for two diameters and 1 width; the Incra jig will make 4 different diameters and up to 10” wide. Being of simple mind, I confuse easily, so I can’t blame all this on the jig.
WOW!! Three projects in 1445 days. Guess I better get busy!!
-- Even if to be nothing more than a bad example, everything serves a purpose. cippotus