Wall mount Colt .45 display

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Project by junipercanyon posted 11-23-2014 04:08 AM 2518 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was commissioned to create a display for a match pair of hand carved Colt .45 pistols for use in a presentation to their new owner. My instructions were to use wood,...make it cool,....aaaand we need it in a week!!! That was on a Thursday afternoon…. I harvested an old growth juniper snag that I found the next evening while I was out hunting elk with my bow, milled it into a 3/4” board with my chainsaw Saturday morning and got to work grinding and sanding.

I wasn’t sure exactly what I was going to do yet, but I had hope it would just sorta work itself out as I went along. I struggled with the final design through the weekend until Monday around midnight I woke up with a half awake/half asleep eureka moment…I had to climb out of bed and sketch my ideas out, and had a hard time trying to finish my night of sleep contemplating how I was going to get this done in only a couple of evenings before this had to be delivered for the presentation. I decided to mount the juniper board to a back board wrapped in leather and trimmed with barbed wire. As a final touch, I finished it off with a custom copper inlay of his business logo. The materials, textures, and colors really complimented each other in this project.

The presentation went very well, but a new issue was realized when considering how the guns could be displayed securely. The owner asked me to work out a design for a wall mounted display case that could be locked up. I thought about it for a few days and came up with an idea for a steel box with an unbreakable “glass” face. I drew up my design in a 3d modeling program (Autodesk Inventor) and got to work fabricating. For the “glass” face, I had a sheet of bullet proof polycarbonate cut to size, and ensured all the steel parts would fit tight around it. It came together perfectly, but I wasn’t happy with the look of the bare steel and I didn’t think paint would look any better… I went to YouTube, asked it how to rust steel, watched a few videos, and decided the way to go was a method using vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, and salt…instant rust started magically coating the steel!!! Very cool. To finish it off, I coated the steel in a product called Penetrol. I was extremely happy with my “custom” patina, and I think the new display case looks great protecting these antique guns.

-- Juniper Canyon Design

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#1 posted 11-23-2014 04:17 AM

Wow…...just WOW!!!!!!


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#2 posted 11-23-2014 04:46 AM

Awesome! Looks like you succeeded ;-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 11-23-2014 12:56 PM

You hit this one out of the park. What is the shadow box made of and how did you finish it? It looks dark in one pic and then list snakeskin in the other….great package. Do you have pics to share with everything mounted in the shadowbox? I know the customer was pleased….had better have been!

-- -Al, Oak Harbor, WA

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#4 posted 11-23-2014 01:18 PM

Always impressed with your work. I also enjoy your vision on your pieces.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 11-23-2014 02:03 PM

Wow is right. Even though I TRY to “think outside of the box” when I’m making things, I dont imagine I would have seen that old log and thought ”This will make a good display for that set of guns”

again… WOW!

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#6 posted 11-23-2014 05:48 PM

Excellent work! Love the out-of-box patina work too. Should look amazing up on the new owners wall.

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#7 posted 11-23-2014 06:09 PM

Beautiful and all the techniques you employed came together perfectly. Nice job.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#8 posted 11-23-2014 06:11 PM

That is awesome. Love it, great job

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#9 posted 11-30-2014 12:54 AM

You were thinking outside the box on this one. Great job

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