Kimber 1911 Display Box

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Project by Nick_R posted 04-15-2013 12:56 PM 3310 views 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My life long friend and colleague retired after 32 years of service with the Fire Department. Instead of a gold watch, we all pitched in and bought him a Kimber Custom 1911 45 cal handgun. He is a gun collector and has always like the quality of the Kimber.

I was tasked with creating a display box worthy of such a weapon and commemorating a successful career. No Pressure!

I used all mahogany throughout. The gun rests inside a cut-out on top of a soft leather insert. The bullets (32 for 32 years of service) are also inset and resting on a leather pad. The 3 /16 glass is etched and inserted in the frame top of the frame.

The badge on the front is inlayed and the red acryllic splines match the red in the badge.

It is topped off by 20 battery powered LED lights on the inside of the case activated by a push switch underneath. The battery and wiring are all contained in a false bottom.

The feet are replicas of shell casings (obviously larger than life). It is all finished in spray lacquer.

The best part is I used every single tool I owned to make this box!

Table saw, router and router table, planer, band saw, scroll saw, lathe, clamps, sander, bench sander, drill press and more!

All in all I am very happy with the outcome of the display case and more importantly my friend loves it.. At least he says he does…I would not expect him to say otherwise even if it looked bad…

I have not posted in quite some time, but as you can see I am been making a lot of mahogany saw dust. :>)

-- Hope for the best but plan for the worst.

12 comments so far

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#1 posted 04-15-2013 01:01 PM

Top level workmanship Nick_R. I’m sure your friend
will appreciate this for years and years.

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#2 posted 04-15-2013 01:42 PM

Beautiful.. and that Kimber… They sure know how to make a 1911

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#3 posted 04-15-2013 01:44 PM

That box is a wonderful piece of work and a great home for the gun. I’m sure your friend was thrilled.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#4 posted 04-15-2013 01:46 PM

Great job. Thanks for posting.

-- Chris K

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#5 posted 04-15-2013 02:38 PM

Great box! I have a pair of Kimber 1911’s. They are great pistols, and your box only compliments your friend’s.

-- "Measure twice, cut once, count fingers"

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#6 posted 04-15-2013 04:02 PM

Very nicely done, and great retirement present—a Kimber beats the hell out of any watch!

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

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#7 posted 04-15-2013 04:03 PM

Looks great, I know he will love it. Would you mind taking a pic in the dark with the LEDs burning? That would be really cool to see that. Again, great job!

-- -Al, Chesapeake, VA

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#8 posted 04-15-2013 04:58 PM

Excellent work! A fitting gift for such a long term of service. I like the idea of 32 bullets for 32 years – Clever idea.

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#9 posted 04-16-2013 01:14 AM

A great house fro a great gun! Ya dun good here!

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

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#10 posted 04-16-2013 04:00 AM

Awesome, great craftsmanship, design and useful. All my kimbers are so smooth. Now for some range time.

-- Thank You Veterans!

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#11 posted 04-16-2013 04:05 AM

Fine box for the finest pistol ! Not that in biased. Kimber’s super carry was my daily carry for nearly 3 years.

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#12 posted 04-16-2013 06:02 AM

Great job! Love the design. Im sure he and his family will cherish it for years to come

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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