Pistol Display Case

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Project by AlBCuttnWud posted 11-19-2011 05:11 PM 5571 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just finished this one up this morning after a cup of coffee. The case is made for my retiring boss. We gave him a fancy old western single shot six-shooter. I’m not a gun guy but I will be making a few more of these for my daughters when I return from my upcoming deployment.

So this one is made of bloodwood and good ol’ oak. The finish is simple satin clear coat. This was the first time I’ve used my table saw to cove cut the sdes. It was fairly easy and only took a few scrap runs to get the sides where I wanted them. Actually, I had to make the box sides twice because I changed my mind on the hinges and the round hinges I used needed more lip on the sides than I had left with on the first sides I cut out.

The round hinges are a little pricey from Woodcraft and countersunk with a forstner bit. The hinges came sith half-circle stops so you don’t have to use any chains or other supports to hold the lid open. The latch is called a swing latch and I purchased online from a place called the Hardware Tree. The latches are fairly inexpensive, I’m still trying to accept the cost of the round hinges…ha. The glass lid is held in place with some plastic edging purchased at Woodcraft. I came across this by accident browsing through the store one day. I wanted a neat appearance and was still trying to figure out if I would seal up with clear caulk or some small hardware. The plastic has a small lip insert that tucks in neatly with about a 3/16” slot cut out beyond the rabbet cut where the glass sits in the frame

As soon as I cut out the gun, I knew right away that I would have trouble getting material to fit neatly. Again, Woodcraft got in my wallet and I decided to try flocking. I knew I was in for a quest when I started the process and my wife poked her head in the garage and asked what I was doing. I told here I was flocking wood and she told me I better watch my mouth becuase my daughter could here me…ha. That started some humorous dialogue….what the fock are you doing, and you better quit flocking around out there….ha. For anyone in doubt, one try and you will be a believer. I bought the simple applicator and it worked like a champ. The glue said wait for 10-15 hours and I still can’t believe how easy and nice it looks after it’s dry. It makes a slight mess but I used a large box to sit the pieces in and it seemed to contain the mess for the most part.

Unfortunatley, due to my boss’ departure while underway, we will only be able to present him with a picture. With all of his gear going back with him, he can’t carry and just cautious about shipping across the world in th email. Although small and not very difficult, this is one of the neatest things I’ve made lately. Enjoy and I appreciate any comments.

-- -Al, Chesapeake, VA

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#1 posted 11-19-2011 05:13 PM

Great job, the finish on this project is top notch. Would love to see a pic with the pistol in the display as well. I’m sure he loved it.

I flocked a jewerly box for my with and loved the result as well. Congrats.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 11-19-2011 08:19 PM

What a beautiful presentation case! You did a great job with all aspects of the construction really looks dy-no-mite. I assume you had the glass etched?


-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#3 posted 11-20-2011 03:17 AM

Beautiful job Shipmate!

-- Pete, "It isn't broken, you just aren't using it right."

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#4 posted 11-20-2011 04:30 AM

A beautiful box and excellent detail. You did state you are not a gun guy so I’m saying this entirely in fun. Where do you find a single shot six-shooter? That one made me chuckle. I think you meant a single action six shooter. Either way, it is an excellent project. I know your daughters will love them too.
An old soldier can’t help but rib a sailer just a little!! You can do the same to me if I ever try to talk about anything nautical!

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#5 posted 11-20-2011 02:43 PM

Thanks for all the kind comments.

Yea, that doesn’t make any sense…single shot six shooter..ha. Thanks for the correction and I will keep my eye on your posts for any salt water-related topics..ha.

-- -Al, Chesapeake, VA

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#6 posted 11-20-2011 05:37 PM

Beautiful Box, nice wood combo and fine craftsmanship, like the story too, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#7 posted 11-21-2011 06:14 AM

I’m a long way from the salt water but I do occasionally get my pant legs wet in the creek or the pond. Can’t wait to get caught. Keep up the good work.
Later, BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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