2 x 4 Challenge Entry - wooden Brief Case

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Project by Sawdustonmyshoulder posted 03-21-2015 11:43 PM 3310 views 10 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The is my entry for our local wood club two by four challenge. A wooden brief case.

I found a quarter sawn fir two by four at HD. After planning and drawing the plans, I re-sawed the wood, stickered it and put my small compressor on the stack to compress it. :-)

After letting it dry for a couple of weeks in the shop, I sanded it using my drum sander. I cut the pieces to rough lengths, jointed and rip them to final width.

The box was joined with 1/4” finger joints. I ship-lapped the side pieces and attached them to the box. After the glue dried, I sanded the finger joints flush and ripped off the top. I recommend doing this with just a wisp of wood left and finish trimming with a box knife.

With top removed, I used an 1/8” rabbeting bit on the inside of the top. I made another rabbet on the bottom to form a tongue to mate with the top.

I made the hinges, clasps, and handle using the same two by four. The only hardware I used was an 1/8” brass rod for the hinge pins and clasp rod.

The finish was a couple of quick coat shellac and a coat of dark wax.

-- The more skilled you are at something, the worse you are at it when someone is watching.

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#1 posted 11-27-2013 06:25 PM

If you didn’t win the Challenge, I would love to see the project that did win. Really clever and well designed and executed!

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#2 posted 11-27-2013 07:20 PM

so this whole thing came from one single 2×4? That’s incredible. that’s the fanciest 2×4 i’ve ever seen.

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#3 posted 11-27-2013 07:59 PM

I’ve seen it in person! Amazing work there, Marty!

-- Randy, Tupelo, MS ~ A man who honors his wife will have children who honor their father.

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#4 posted 11-27-2013 08:58 PM

So cool of a project…fir real!!!

-- we stand behind our work but never under it...(love seeing the look in customers eyes when they hear it)

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#5 posted 11-27-2013 09:19 PM

Outstanding project! I agree with cajunpen—if you don’t win, I also want to see what did.

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

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#6 posted 11-27-2013 09:55 PM

Yep, one 8 foot 2×4. Cut it in these lengths: 1 pc 18” for the long sides of the box (resaw in half), 1 pc 12” for the short sides of the box (resaw in half), and 2 pcs 18” for the top and bottom of the box (resaw in fourths). That’s 66” and leaves 30” for the hinges, handle, clasps, and ribs.

This wasn’t a contest per say. Just a fun show ‘n tell. Our club is way too small for a contest.

-- The more skilled you are at something, the worse you are at it when someone is watching.

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#7 posted 11-28-2013 12:09 AM


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#8 posted 11-28-2013 12:34 AM

Really thoughtful. That is—was a very pretty 2 X 4. Being a briefcase builder myself I can really appreciate ths time and accuracy that project required.

-- I,ve had amnesia for as long as I can remember. Vernon

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#9 posted 11-28-2013 01:24 AM

Most excellent work!

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#10 posted 11-28-2013 02:33 AM

Just awesome piece, you did a wonderful job

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#11 posted 11-28-2013 03:26 AM

Very Nice Work Indeed! Thanks For Sharing!


-- I Chose "The Road Less Travelled" Now I'm Totally Lost! (Ontario, CANADA)

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#12 posted 11-28-2013 09:34 AM

The last picture made me laugh. I thought you used compressor for a vacuum press or something but this will do to. Nice work and I really think you have a big chance to win this.

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#13 posted 11-28-2013 12:40 PM

Is that cool or what.

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#14 posted 11-28-2013 01:41 PM

Very cool. Put some padding inside and it could carry a laptop.

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#15 posted 11-28-2013 03:20 PM

Awsome project!!!

Thanks for sharing.


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