Gun Boxes

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Project by BertFlores58 posted 07-05-2011 03:55 AM 2854 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made two boxes as gun cases… Have to be strong. These boxes are constructed rigid and the joint used were dovetail.

Photo 1-3 are for the first big box – George’s

Photo 4-6 are for the slightly smaller box. – Rene’s

I could not find the right hardwares for these boxes… The hasps is too big. There is no appropriate handle even. The owners want it bare with handles. They will carry it by clasping it for safety. At anyrate, it will be detained either in the house or in the car. Normally, it will not be displayed. What is best… IT SERVES THE PURPOSE.

These boxes may be simple in construction and design but the owners’ request will prevail. You dont need to have a very beautiful box or an attractive one. The curiosity of the person who sees it will tend to expose what is really inside… a gun. In order to attain such, I focus on the rigid construction rather that on the beauty and attraction. As we all know GUNS and ROSES have two different interpretation… GUN BOX and JEWELRY BOX.


-- Bert

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#1 posted 07-05-2011 04:14 AM

They still look really nice, Bert. I am sure the owners will be very pleased with them.

:) Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#2 posted 07-05-2011 05:27 AM

Hey Bert,
I really like the first one. The lid looks like you used a snake skin. lol I love the grain. I wish I had the access to the great material you do. You sure have the hand sawn dove tails down pat. I’m still burning my attempts. lol

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#3 posted 07-05-2011 05:30 AM

Nice! I bought a chinesium pistol safe back when I was doing a lot of traveling and needed a case in a hurry. Now that I have two dovetail jigs, I guess it’s time to step up and make a nice gun safe. I’m also making a display case for my father-in-law’s old .22-gauge lever-action octagon-barrel rifle. It’ll hang above the fireplace. That thing is as old as the hills and throws slugs all over the place…perfect for display.

Out of curiosity, what are the gun laws like where you are? Some states here in the USA say if you carry your firearm in a case, it is “concealed”, whereas some say if people can see it you are “brandishing” it. Best bet is to read the code for where you reside, and expect to arrive, I guess.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#4 posted 07-05-2011 05:50 AM

Really like it! did you assemble first, then cut the box apart? just curious

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#5 posted 07-05-2011 05:51 AM

Rand and Sheila,
Surely both owners are happy.. As I was always be the same in helping them out to figure out things functionally. In particular to dovetail joint… nothing is difficult.. I cut them manually and sometimes I do it with router (tails only). The secret probably is the proper way of marking and cutting exactly to create the best fit.
Hi Atomjack,
Here to have a gun license is difficult… requires training, educational attainment, organization, etc. But the license is not enough for you to carry anywhere…. you need to have permit to carry. It is not also advised to carry it exposed as it is dangerous to be snatched and can be used against you. Safe holster is allowed to policemen.

Hi Dirtbagchaser,
You are right that I made the box first then cut them with router bits (spiral straight 1/8 bit (Thanks Rand). You can see that I made it too thick (was 4 inches before) and reduced it to 3” finally. You can see the first box have some disoriented dovetails because of the cut.


-- Bert

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#6 posted 07-05-2011 06:08 AM

I wish I had your scrap pile. lol

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#7 posted 07-05-2011 06:24 AM

I found this also in my recycled parque pile.

.... and lot of them. How I wish too that you are nearby… You can pick hundreds of them… FREE.
God Bless,

-- Bert

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Ian Hawthorne

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#8 posted 07-05-2011 08:16 AM

A sliding catch would have been perfect –

Available in brass or nickel.


-- Worlds Best Box Hardware!

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#9 posted 07-05-2011 11:34 AM

Beautiful wood and great craftsmanship, I like your project. Only…. Beautiful wood like that should be in a gunstock! I have a lot of small pieces of beautiful wood left over from carving gunstocks, I guess I should make a few boxes.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#10 posted 07-05-2011 01:32 PM

They are very nice boxes, look very nice, and serve their purpose well. Congratulations on a job well done.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#11 posted 07-05-2011 08:09 PM

Nice set of Boxes, sturdy and Hansom pair, nice choice of woods and sharp looking dovetails, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#12 posted 07-06-2011 03:34 AM

Beautiful wood and great craftsmanship. Too bad they will not be displayed.

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