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Project by josh posted 08-14-2013 09:37 AM 1441 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

recently i have been working on an idea that came to me while watching a musician struggle to get his pedalboard on the stage and set up quickly. i had an idea to make a briefcase that opened and closed easy for storage and accessability. it worked perfect in my mind but had many snags along the way. it took me abou two weeks to complete including finishing it out. i am going to market them in the nashville area but i need some imput on what i should do different or not do on the next one. any uggestion helps!

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#1 posted 08-14-2013 11:53 AM

If you can work out the kinks, looks like you may have winner there Josh…. Thinking outside the box…or is it into the Either way, creative build sir

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#2 posted 08-14-2013 01:10 PM

Just a thought on the handle. You may want to think of a non-wood solution there. It appears the handle is made out of one piece of wood with the grain running along the length of the handle. That means the full weight of the box and its contents are carried by two narrow sections of wood that have the grain running in the weakest orientation. I’d be concerned about future failure there. It’s the same thing to some extent with the handle brackets.

I’m sure you could source a metal handle that would look just fine, especially since the latches are already metal.

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#3 posted 08-14-2013 01:19 PM

Good job. Well thought out.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#4 posted 08-14-2013 04:09 PM

I agree with Hobbes about the handle, but I think you could still use wood if it were the correct orientation and thickness combined with the right kind of wood. What wood are you using? I guess that’s a dumb question, it’s walnut. I think it would break, and that might keep sales down. It’s more perception of how strong the handle is rather than how strong it really is. Plus with the metal latches, you could do a metal handle no problem.

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#5 posted 08-14-2013 05:48 PM

make it look beefier, ie add those metal corner pieces you see on guitar amplifiers, metal handle brackets with a thicker, more ergonomic wooden handle..maybe wrapped in leather? or a plastic one. Leather interior? Different locking mechanisms? Anything to make it look simpler and cleaner. maybe a variety of woods tastefully put together rather than just one. for example you could make a walnut body with a maple handle? walnut has a tendency to split.

-- The hard work won't take too long, the impossible will take a little longer

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#6 posted 08-15-2013 02:05 AM

i thought that a wooden handle would set it off in making it not only really unique but make it look just that much more custom and i never thought about the handle being weak where it is and thats a very good point. for my next on i will definitly use a metal handle. thank you all for the input it was really helpful

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