Wood Briefcase

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Project by DBinESCON posted 11-05-2013 04:42 AM 9151 views 13 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project was made after having an ”I can make that” thought upon seeing a wooden briefcase that sold for several hundred dollars.

All visible pieces of wood were cut from one piece of vertical grain red oak. The sides are solid and the top and bottom are made from veneers I cut and laminated over 1/8” plywood for strength. The handle was made by laminating a piece of trophy plaque material between two pieces of oak.

The liner was made by a local upholstery shop. The hardware was purchased from a place I found online.

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#1 posted 11-05-2013 04:57 AM

Wow… Amazing. Good work, fine sir!

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#2 posted 11-05-2013 05:37 AM

I like it!

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#3 posted 11-05-2013 08:51 AM

Very classy looking

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 11-05-2013 11:19 AM

You can make that alright! great job. A real eye catcher, great craftsmanship.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#5 posted 11-05-2013 01:40 PM

Awesome build. You did a great job.

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

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#6 posted 11-05-2013 01:42 PM

Very nice. Sweet interior.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#7 posted 11-05-2013 01:57 PM

that looks really awesome, nice job. The grain on the oak is perfect.

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#8 posted 11-05-2013 02:27 PM

Great looking case! I am wondering about the weight. I have made a few cases of exotic woods and they are heavy. Any guess on yours?

-- Measure twice and try not to cut your thumbs off!

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#9 posted 11-05-2013 02:36 PM

This is a beautiful piece and so nicely done.

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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#10 posted 11-05-2013 02:47 PM

The briefcase weighs 7.2 pounds.

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#11 posted 11-05-2013 09:37 PM

I bought a very cheap one of these a while back for about $10. I am determined to make one like yours and toss the one I bought into the fire.

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#12 posted 11-05-2013 10:11 PM

That is Slick

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#13 posted 11-05-2013 10:20 PM

Your briefcase is very classy! Thanks for sharing.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#14 posted 11-05-2013 11:43 PM

Great Job! I am going to guess that the several hundred dollars one you saw was made by Gerstner & Sons here in Dayton, Ohio. They make great solid wood briefcases, but I have noticed that the size has been shrinking over the past few years while the price has been rising. I bought a full size one almost 20 years ago at their annual 70% off warehouse scratch and dent sale (the only way I could ever afford one) – the newer models are barely big enough to hold an e-reader. I still use mine occasionally and it is a real attention grabber at professional meetings. Carry yours with pride in a job well done and thanks for showing us that it CAN be done.

-- Leafherder

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#15 posted 11-06-2013 12:02 AM

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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