|Project by AlBCuttnWud||posted 11-19-2011 05:11 PM||3238 views||1 time favorited||7 comments|
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, Patuxent River, MD