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Project by ChuckV posted 714 days ago 1724 views 19 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wanted to make a surprise gift for a friend at my work. His passion outside of work is music, in much the same way that many of ours is woodworking. I checked out his music web site and saw some pictures of a Gibson Les Paul.

I printed a drawing of the guitar that I found on line, and used is as a basis for this box. I also printed my friend’s musical moniker, “mez”, from his site so that I could personalize the box.

The body is maple. The lid is maple also, but with a touch of birdseye. The “knobs” are made from birch dowels. The stub of a neck, which serves as an easy way to lift the lid, is made from bloodwood. There is dark green felt on the bottom of the cavity, but it doesn’t show up well in the photo.

The finish is Danish oil and wax. The dimensions are about 9” X 7” X 2”.

Here are some in-progress photos:

-- “That it will never come again / Is what makes life so sweet. ” ― Emily Dickinson

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#1 posted 714 days ago

This is cool. I’m a musician and I would’ve enjoyed receiving this. I’m sure your friend will enjoy this gift very much.

Or, does already enjoy it (if you’ve already given it).

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#2 posted 714 days ago

Super kool box. I likes it a lot!!

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#3 posted 714 days ago

that is NICE!

very cool idea, and very clean execution.

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#4 posted 714 days ago

Nice! – you’re just going to have to start making some real ones now…
real guitars i mean of course….

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#5 posted 714 days ago

Sweet, Great gift Chuck…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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#6 posted 714 days ago

Now that is cool. That is a nice gift you have created.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#7 posted 714 days ago

As a guitar player….I think its awesome! Nice job and gift.

-- "Make something you love tomorrow...and do it slowly" JLB

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#8 posted 714 days ago

Interesting box !

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#9 posted 713 days ago

Excellent! Way to look outside the “box”! :) Nice job!

-- Woodworking for the hobbyist woodworker.

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#10 posted 713 days ago

What a neat idea. I love it.

Amazing that those birch dowels came out with such contrast to the maple. End grain I guess.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#11 posted 713 days ago

What a cool idea! GREAT

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#12 posted 713 days ago

Thank you for posting that! Great idea, well done!

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#13 posted 713 days ago

Thanks for all the comments.

Steve - I tested the dowels in a piece of scrap and was also very surprised. Once I shaved off the last little bit with a sharp chisel, I could see the contrast, even without any finish on it.

I gave this to my friend this morning. It was more than worth the effort to see his reaction.

-- “That it will never come again / Is what makes life so sweet. ” ― Emily Dickinson

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#14 posted 713 days ago

I like and will use it in the future good work.

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#15 posted 713 days ago

Right on! I really like this one.

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