Portable box with hinges, hasps, and a handle. Could be a brief case.

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Project by Farrout posted 03-13-2014 11:47 PM 1741 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I saw one a few months ago on LJ and decided I would tackle the project. I took the measurements from an old brief case I had. The sides are reclaimed wood from a coffee table. I made two models out of ‘select pine’ before trying with the hardwood. The handle was made from a log I cut down on my property.
This was a good learning project for me.

-- If we learn from our mistakes, I should be a genius!

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#1 posted 03-14-2014 12:02 AM

I like it. The opposing chamfers on the lid and case are interesting. I may have to try that on a box.

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

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#2 posted 03-14-2014 12:39 AM

Looks great
love the lid

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#3 posted 03-14-2014 03:19 AM

Very Nice Project & Nicely Done. Thanks for Sharing.


-- A Chip On The Shoulder Usually Indicates Wood Higher Up. (Rick, Ontario, Canada)

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#4 posted 03-14-2014 05:16 AM

Looks good. I made one kind of like that and I actually do use it as a briefcase occasionally.
It will certainly attract comments wherever you take it.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#5 posted 03-14-2014 11:04 AM

Nice work. Like the reused wood. I just can’t seem to ever have enough alike to do a project. I have thought of lining with leather. I thought it would be to heavy as I like to keep them under 4lbs. Makrs me like your idea of felt. Thanks for the idea.

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#6 posted 03-14-2014 12:26 PM

Very nice, the envy of the others in the office I’m sure.

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#7 posted 03-14-2014 01:30 PM

Very nicely done project and useful too.

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#8 posted 03-14-2014 04:54 PM

Nice job. I’ve been wanting to make my own briefcase out of wood, just haven’t gotten around to it yet. The only thing I would have done differently would be to make the handle out of a laminated wood of my own work for strength to insure against the grain cracking under load at the pins since the grain is running with the drilled holes or drill a slightly larger hole and then glue in a hardwood dowel then drill that for the pin to keep a one piece look.

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#9 posted 03-16-2014 03:17 PM

Nice Job! You made prototypes before the piece, helps work out the problems. I had someone in mind for a portfolio case similar to this but we figured out it would be too heavy, and too big.

This triggers some thoughts.

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#10 posted 05-19-2014 03:06 PM

great job…...

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