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Project by JoeyG posted 09-18-2012 02:21 PM 1131 views 0 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This box was commissioned for a young lady who is in a historic shooting club. The box is made from walnut with keys of maple and padauk. The peacemaker inlay is maple and wenge. And the bullet lift is made of padauk.

I did this one twice. The lid started out at 7/8 of an inch. For some reason I left it thinker than I normally would. I did the inlay and was not happy with it. So I went back and planned it to 3/4 of an inch and started over. I am much happier this go around. While I did miss my deadline, I refuse to sale something I am not happy with. While my client was happy with the first “draft”, after seeing these pictures, he was very happy that I went back and made the changes. Luckily this will be a Christmas present, so being a little late was acceptable.

Thanks for taking a look, and all comments are welcome. I hope everyone has been well while I have been away.

Joey

-- JoeyG ~~~ http://www.facebook.com/JHGWoodWorks





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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 09-18-2012 02:36 PM

Beautiful job.

I 100% agree, better explain to customer that you’re running late than send out a sub par product! Most customers will appreciate it.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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JoeyG

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#2 posted 09-18-2012 02:38 PM

Thanks Monte, how have you been?

Well everyone loved the first go round. I just knew I could do better. I approached the inlay incorrectly the first time. It went much smoother and came out nicer the second go.

-- JoeyG ~~~ http://www.facebook.com/JHGWoodWorks

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CharlieM1958

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#3 posted 09-18-2012 03:09 PM

Really nice, Joey. I love the inlay.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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JoeyG

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#4 posted 09-18-2012 03:11 PM

Thanks Charlie, I do it right because I do it twice, or three, or four times. LOL

-- JoeyG ~~~ http://www.facebook.com/JHGWoodWorks

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Grumpymike

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#5 posted 09-18-2012 05:09 PM

WOW, great box, the roundover corners really set it apart. I really like that touch.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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Boxguy

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#6 posted 09-18-2012 06:39 PM

Joey, you have some nice touches here. I especially like the three dimensional look of using thicker material for the cylinder, grip and lift. It really adds to the design. The colors you chose are bright and almost festive. The varied corner splines pull the elements of gun and lift all together. Your walnut sides have a beautiful grain pattern and the close matching of the corner grain really lets the grain seem to flow around the whole box. I am a fan of rounding corners and edges. Nice touch there. Beautifully proportioned box.

My only quibbles are that I would like to see dimensions and be able to peek inside this wonderful creation. Well done piece with some great ideas. Thanks for sharing and taking us along on your creative journey. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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JoeyG

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#7 posted 09-18-2012 07:34 PM

Thanks GrumpyMike.

Big Al, how have you been? the dimensions are approximately 8X13X4 1/4

Here are a couple of the interior pics.

The piece of wood on the left is raw cedar to keep that cedar smell in the box. I used to use cedar for the bottom but you always lose the smell with finishing, so I started doing it this way. It also acts as a lid stop and keeps the bottom liner in place but still allowing it to be removed if needed.

-- JoeyG ~~~ http://www.facebook.com/JHGWoodWorks

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jaykaypur

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#8 posted 09-18-2012 09:31 PM

Very nice work. How did you do the inlay? Freehand or…??

The colors/contrasts/dimensions/EVERYTHING (LOL) looks well thought out and well done.

I am sure the customer was very happy!

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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JoeyG

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#9 posted 09-18-2012 09:38 PM

It’s freehand. I glued a photocopy of the colt to a 1/8in piece of maple. I then used a dremmel, and knife to cut out the inlay. Then I laid the maple on the walnut and scored it into the walnut. Then I used the dremmel to hollow out the recess for the maple. Then glued it in place. The first go round I did the opposite, I cut the recess first and it didn’t work out so well.

I hope you have been doing well. I can’t go to the fridge without my kids begging for jam. LOL. I use it as a reward for keeping the house clean. LOL. Thanks again.

-- JoeyG ~~~ http://www.facebook.com/JHGWoodWorks

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HillbillyShooter

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#10 posted 09-18-2012 09:58 PM

Can’t help but like this piece—nice job!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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GenerationWW

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#11 posted 09-18-2012 11:56 PM

Awesome box, I enjoy shooting also and can see a box similar in my future. Thanks for sharing.

-- list your handcrafted treasures @ www.generationwoodworks.com for free!

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JoeyG

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#12 posted 09-19-2012 12:27 AM

Thanks guys. I have been talking to my cousin about doing a “zombie survival” box for the AR he built. Sounds like a lot of fun, we just have to figure out who’s going to pay for it. LOL I’m thinking I will build the box if he buys the rounds.

-- JoeyG ~~~ http://www.facebook.com/JHGWoodWorks

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gfadvm

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#13 posted 09-19-2012 01:23 AM

Wow Joey! That inlay is over the top. I just did my first bowtie inlays using a template and they didn’t turn out that nice. And freehand to boot! Did you use one of those router thingys on your Dremel?

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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JoeyG

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#14 posted 09-19-2012 01:55 AM

Thanks Andy. I didn’t use the plunge router adapter, just the regular black router thingy. LOL. I’ve been working on these inlays for a while now and learn something new with each one. Now those bowtie’s scare me. I need to get a template(or make one) and start practicing.

-- JoeyG ~~~ http://www.facebook.com/JHGWoodWorks

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gfadvm

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#15 posted 09-19-2012 02:52 AM

Thanks Joey. The “regular black router thingy” was what I was talking about. If you can do that sixshooter inlay, bowties will be a piece of cake. Your freehand bowties will probably be tighter than the ones I made with my high $ Woodcraft template/bushing/bit kit!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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