Too Many Hobbies... Woodworking / LeatherCraft / Muzzleloading

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Project by FJPetruso posted 03-30-2008 05:52 PM 2774 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s some of my leather, wood, & muzzleloading projects. One of the shooter’s boxes I made for my muzzleloader… On this one, I made the cup type wooden handles with my router table. I built the rifle from parts & made the accouterments

-- Frank, Florissant, Missouri "The New Show-Me Woodshop"

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#1 posted 03-30-2008 06:13 PM

multi-tasking :)
looks like you are having a lot of fun!!! :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#2 posted 03-30-2008 06:18 PM

great box…WELCOME TO LJ’s…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#3 posted 03-30-2008 06:25 PM


This is a very nice project. Any one of these would be a sufficient project on its own. But you have a multitude of individual projects here. I agree with Debbie you must be enjoying yourself.

Have fun and keep the posts coming.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 03-30-2008 07:19 PM

Nice shooting box. There are a few projects that are very impressive in this post.

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#5 posted 03-30-2008 07:35 PM

Would that be a Browning muzzeloader or did you build it yourself? Nice work.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#6 posted 03-30-2008 07:48 PM

The design element of the closed box are excellent! And, as for that third photo arrangement – I believe I’d submit that to one of the muzzle-loading or leather-working magazines for a potential cover.

In looking at what people post, I’m starting to be amazed at the talents that are revealed, other than woodworking. I’ll bet that if someone presented you with a bucket full of unrelated items, you would probably be able to arrange them in a pleasing manner, worthy of photographing.

-- Earle Wright, Lenoir City, Tennessee

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#7 posted 03-30-2008 08:18 PM


It’s very similar to a Johnathan Browning but I got the parts from “Track of the Wolf” & researched that project at the Missouri Historical Society where they used to have about 20 original Hawkens.


I enjoy photography too but… Some years back my wife gave one of her ultimatums… “The woodshop goes or”..... Scroll Down

“the Photo Dark Room GOES!”

I choose to loose the dark room.

-- Frank, Florissant, Missouri "The New Show-Me Woodshop"

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#8 posted 03-30-2008 08:20 PM

Nice box! I went through a muzzle loading phase a long time ago.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#9 posted 03-30-2008 08:40 PM

That is some nice work.

I used to build rifles years ago but went to furniture. I have, at last count, built 14 rifles. Most were of the southern style rifles similar to those built by Hershel House and others like him. Almost all had hand forged steel mounts, butt plates and trigger guards.

That is a real nice Hawken style rifle.

-- God makes the wood beautiful--I simply rearrange it to make it more useful, hopefully.

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#10 posted 03-30-2008 09:04 PM

Isn’t it great to be able to work with wood and leather both! One of the projects I have on my to-do list to to make modifications to my stitching horse. I want to be able to remove the “jaw” assembly and be able to replace it with a woodcarving unit and possibly an assembly to convert it to a shaving horse. If I ever get those modifications made I’ll post photos.

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#11 posted 03-30-2008 10:23 PM

That is some great work, all of it! Does the rifle rest fit inside the shooting box?

-- Dan in Central Oklahoma, Able to turn good wood into saw dust in the blink of an eye!

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#12 posted 03-30-2008 11:31 PM


I just have one of those “stiching ponys” ... the thing you sit on from Tandy. You should be able to convert the stiching horse into a carving horse or shave horse pretty easily. Sounds like a nice dual function idea.


Yes, the rifle rest / tool tote fits in the chest. There is also a little tool tray too. They both sit right in front of those powder tins in the back of the chest.

Thank you all for the visit!

-- Frank, Florissant, Missouri "The New Show-Me Woodshop"

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#13 posted 03-31-2008 06:38 AM

Great looking shooting box and muzzleloader! Is it a Santafee Hawkens 54 cal. I built one myself and its a real tac driver. Thanks for posting

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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