Guitarist Treasure Box

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Project by Cubby posted 08-04-2011 02:17 PM 2113 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this chest as a gift to a boyhood friend, George, who restored my vision. Not only is he a gifted eye surgeon, he is the best lead guitarist I know.

The chest construction follows, roughly, a recent “Fine Woodworking” article. The body and stand are Pennsylvania cherry, the front is of oak and the drawer bottoms of mahogany. The inlay work and the guitar parts (sitka spruce and brazilian rosewood) are scraps from the Martin Guitar Co. factory which is located about five miles from my home. The guitar is a replica of the Martin D-28 (see mine in one photo).

Dovetails, chamfers and carving were cut using hand tools only, and NO sandpaper. The project, from start to finish took eight months to complete, just in time for George’s band, Alibi, 30th year reunion.

(apologies for the lack of a full view of the chest. I seem to lack the editing skills to manipulate pixels.)

-- Ron Baird, Pennsylvania, "WORK HARD, BE GOOD, HAVE FUN"

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#1 posted 08-04-2011 03:09 PM

Great Job Ron… Great Story too…

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#2 posted 08-04-2011 03:58 PM

this is a beautiful gift to your friend, and i know that it will touch his heart to have something so magnificent made for him, he gave you your sight, and your sight built this beautiful treasure box..i love gifts like these..this is of course an heirloom that will grace the homes of many of your friends family..this is the sort of project i love to see, you did a wonderful thing here and your talent is blessing us as well as your friend, thank you very much…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#3 posted 08-04-2011 04:05 PM

I’m sure that this will be one of the best “thank you(s)” your friend has every received. Very nice looking chest. If I had a source for scraps like Martin, I’d be in their dumpster every day. Thanks for sharing with us.

- JJ

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#4 posted 08-04-2011 04:14 PM

Very, very nice, well done!

-- Doug...

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#5 posted 08-04-2011 05:29 PM

Sharp Looking Chest, All by hand is a monumental task, I commend You for a job well done, Great to hear that miracles really do happen, I am happy for You, Your Friend, and Your Families, great job, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#6 posted 08-04-2011 05:48 PM

Lovely story and a delightful gift. Did George have any idea about it before the handover?

Just out of interest, is the martin factory possessive over its scraps? Not that I’m anywhere near of course!

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#7 posted 08-04-2011 05:51 PM

Sweet!! I love it.

I like most things guitar related and this is really a beautiful Box.

-- Kirk H. --

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#8 posted 08-04-2011 05:52 PM

I really all of it, but I really like the inlay.
Did you make it?

-- Chuck

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#9 posted 08-04-2011 07:04 PM

You lucky dog…..only 5 miles from the Martin factory….. I’ve always wanted to visit their factory as I collect old vintage Martins. Mine range from 1946—-1958.. I thought your’s looked like a Martin..Looks like a D-28 HD(?). How old is it? It looks really new…..Ok..enough about guitars. You did an excellent job on the guitar treasure chest for your special friend…Beautiful, beautiful. You should be grateful to your friend, and he to you. Keep up the good work, and you are quite talented on the woodworking…....

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....

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Tim Kindrick

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#10 posted 08-04-2011 08:19 PM

Outstanding!!! I really like how the different woods compliment each other!!!!!

-- I have metal in my neck but wood in my blood!!

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#11 posted 08-05-2011 05:03 AM

OK! so now you have us all envious. Very nice work.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#12 posted 08-08-2011 03:22 PM

Beautiful work! Left handed I see from the guitar….

-- I'm not crying... That's dust in my eyes!

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