Gunbox Table

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Project by DamnYankee posted 10-16-2013 05:25 PM 1470 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This Gunbox Table (or legged box) was built as part of a “learn and build” project through my local woodworking club (Charlotte Woodworkers Association). Fourteen of us started the project and 3 have finished (so far).

The goals of the learn and build were the mitered corners, mortise and tennons, and most importantly making the box lid so perfectly snug that the lib “poofs” when it closes do to the air pressure it creates. As I left the sides of the box rather heavy (1” thick) mine does not quite “poof”.

The box is made predominately of cherry. The keys are walnut. The liner is Honduran Mohagony. Teh cherry I purchased for the project. The walnut was scrap and the Honduran Mohagony is from some OLD paneling that one of members was able to save for us from an old bank being demolished/renovated.

The box is 16”w x 12”d and overall height is about 27”

The finish is Danish Oil (cherry) wiped on after I sanded to 4,000 grit. There is no other finish. For this project I managed to actually finish it in parts before assembly. The legs and skirt were sanded prior to assembly, and then wiped with the dutch oil. The lid and bottom of the box were assembled, glued and shaped/sized, then sanded and then oiled. The box sides were also assembled before sanding and finish.

The bottom sides of the box, the bottom, and the legs/skirts are joined together with hidden dowels. The upper sides of the box and the top are also attached with dowels, but they are not hidden.

The lid restraint is made of 4 narrow strips of leather braided together.

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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#1 posted 10-16-2013 05:51 PM

Nice work, Shameless. Poof or no poof, that’s a cool gunbox table.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#2 posted 10-16-2013 06:27 PM

Great looking table—very nicely done!

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

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#3 posted 10-16-2013 06:37 PM

Looks great. Those tapered legs and the miter keys look great

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#4 posted 10-16-2013 06:58 PM

A very cool design with good wood and super nice build.

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 10-16-2013 08:10 PM

That is one mighty fine piece of work. Looks like you learned real well!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#6 posted 10-16-2013 09:04 PM

sweet table ,you made it thur that curve very well

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#7 posted 10-16-2013 11:21 PM

Gun box, or tea box for the rich and famous? Either way, it looks fabulous.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#8 posted 10-17-2013 12:38 AM

I like it! And it looks like all your skill building paid off.

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

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#9 posted 10-17-2013 05:27 AM

Great job. Love the design

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#10 posted 10-17-2013 11:46 AM

A kool idea. Very nicely done.

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

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#11 posted 10-18-2013 12:24 AM

Nice work Rob…..

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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#12 posted 10-22-2013 12:11 PM

That is nice.

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

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#13 posted 10-22-2013 04:07 PM

That’s quite a nice piece. Congratulations.

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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