Derrick Takes Careful Aim: Boxguy

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Project by Boxguy posted 12-15-2012 05:40 AM 2901 views 3 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Pictured: This is Derrick’s gun box (16 x 11 x 5) featuring a top made from a Movingui tree that grew in Ghana, Africa, and sides made from a Black Cherry tree that grew in Southern Indiana. The paired corner splines are made of Black Walnut. Finished with wipe-on poly using this method. Derrick at work. (Below) He used my shop, but made this entirely on his own.

It features a mortised, full-length hinge a cut-out in the gun’s shape; and an attached lid.

Focus: How do you cut out a shape for inside a box? To show the velvet covered cut out I had to run the contrast up and it distorted the color, but you get the idea. Derrick learned that he could cut out the outline of the gun in 1/2 inch thick foam using a utility knife. The outline was oversized by 1/8 inch or so to leave room for the cloth liner. He then attached the 1/2 inch foam to a 1 inch thick piece. He learned that a carbide burr spun by a battery powered drill gave him the control and speed he needed to “carve” Styrofoam. He dug out the space needed to accommodate the cylinder and barrel with the carbide burr. The whole Styrofoam piece was sized to leave a 1/4 inch gap on two sides and then the cloth was formed and glued on the Styrofoam and around the edges starting with the deepest area and working out to the edge again. I used a silmilar technique on this cutting board project. You could use this technique to make a formed space inside a box for tools, jewelry, or your rock collection.

Thanks: As always Derrick and I thank you for looking and a special thanks to all of you who take the extra time to leave questions or comments. I will respond to all of your posted comments in batches below this entry, so check back to see my responses.

P. S. Derrick also wants to extend his thanks for your comments and participation.

-- Big Al in IN

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#1 posted 12-15-2012 05:43 AM

Wow a winner I would say beautiful wood and a outstanding box.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#2 posted 12-15-2012 10:36 AM

Wow Derrick this is one beautiful box! I like the foam cut out it looks very professional. As does the rest of the box. GREAT JOB!

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#3 posted 12-15-2012 12:10 PM

Very smooth, full of gr8 detail.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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Gene Howe

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#4 posted 12-15-2012 01:07 PM

Very nice gun box. Nice job with the french fit. Excellent craftsmanship.
You did good, Derrick!

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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Jamie Speirs

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#5 posted 12-15-2012 01:16 PM

The smile says it all :)


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#6 posted 12-15-2012 03:05 PM

Great Job!!
I’d like to see a pick with the gun in place, in the box!
Really cool box!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#7 posted 12-15-2012 03:54 PM

V ery well done, Derrick. What kind of gun did you make it for?

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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Dave Haynes

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#8 posted 12-15-2012 04:54 PM

Absolutely gorgeous! What else can I say? This box top and the wood used is top notch (no pun intended). Nice work for sure.

-- Dave Haynes, Indiana,

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#9 posted 12-15-2012 05:47 PM

First Batch of Replies:

Jim, thanks. Figured Movingui is a rarely beautiful wood. You must stay up late.

Chuck, thanks. Derrick is a professional in that he does sell some of his boxes. I liked the scarf hanger and the miter sled that you made. The “Woodshop” program does offer nice ideas and plans.

Roger, nice of you to note Derrick’s attention to detail. May I suggest that you might like to turn handles for shoe horns. For taller guys like me a longer wooden handle helps when putting on shoes. I give them to friends at church who have had hip and knee surgery. I don’t know how far away you are in Kentucky, but if you are close I may have some wood for you.

Gene, I agree Derrick’s craftsmanship is excellent. Thanks for teaching me about what a Habu is and I liked your use of mail doors in the truck. Nice ideas.

Jamie, I have a smile like this too when I work with Derrick. He is a joy to have in the shop, and does his share of helping me to keep things running. It is always nice to hear from the Scottish contingent of Lumberland.

Frog, I would like to have a shot of the gun in the box too. This is for Derrick’s relative, so perhaps I can add that picture in later if we get it. Hope Christmas finds you well.

Paul, I asked the same question about the make and model of the gun. I’ll add that in later in the week after the box is delivered. Your “Twists and Turns Of Life” is a stunning work.

Dave, what a fun comment, thanks. Derrick will like reading your comment and all the others. The spalted maple box you made a while ago is really stunning.

Lumber Jocks: Thanks for giving Derrick this feedback. All of us need affirmation…hence this website.

-- Big Al in IN

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#10 posted 12-16-2012 05:05 AM

The box is stunning, Derrick. It must be great to see a “youngster” following in your footsteps, Al. (I wish I had gotten such an early start in woodworking.) The recipient should be exceedingly delighted.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#11 posted 12-16-2012 11:17 AM

LW, Derrick has been working in the shop for over 5 years now, and it has been a lot of fun for both of us. Thanks from both of us for the nice comment.

-- Big Al in IN

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#12 posted 12-16-2012 04:57 PM

Beautiful attention to detail. Doulbe splines symetricly layed out, gaps, hinge, everything aligns. I also have to comment about the excellent photography work done to desplay these things! Great work, I hope my skills get to this level.

-- Tony, Colorado,

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#13 posted 12-16-2012 10:55 PM

Tony, thanks for the compliments. Especially on the photography. If I can do this anyone can. I too think Derrick did a very nice job of keeping everything very symmetrical, and it was nice of you to notice that. My “studio” is a roll of paper, two lights, a tripod, and a 10-year-old digital camera, but it works for me.

-- Big Al in IN

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#14 posted 12-18-2012 06:34 PM

now I want to be more selective on how I present my work! Thanks for the photo of your photography set up. Very effective.

-- Tony, Colorado,

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Tony Strupulis

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#15 posted 12-05-2013 05:58 AM

Nice job on the foam insert!

-- Tony -

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