Pistol Display Box

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Project by CedarFreakCarl posted 01-05-2009 01:02 AM 6547 views 4 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s a display box I made for a friend. The outside is cherry and the interior is black walnut. I used black inlace (glorified colored bondo) for the Colt logo. The finish for the outside is Formby’s tung oil w/ shellac and laquer on the walnut. The pistol is a Colt model 1903/08 hammerless .32 Cal ACP designed by John Browning and was the officer’s standard issue sidearm of the period. It was manufactured in 1911. I found an old sales flyer from 1935 which stated the price of $20.50. BTW, this is the proverbial first box for me and it was a real….uh…son of a gun to make. I can now really appreciate some of the real beauties that my fellow LJ’s have posted.

-- Carl Rast, Pelion, SC

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#1 posted 01-05-2009 01:35 AM

Looks to me like you hit the mark, Carl! The logo is very cool! Great job—thanks for posting!

-- There's no tool like an old tool...

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#2 posted 01-05-2009 01:36 AM

Looks like you’ve been learning well, Carl. This is a great box!

That Inlace ain’t exactly a joy to work with either, is it? :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 01-05-2009 01:43 AM

John Browning himself would have loved this box!

-- If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait until it's free! PJ O'Rourke

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#4 posted 01-05-2009 01:55 AM

Shoot Carl, that looks great.

thanks for posting it.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#5 posted 01-05-2009 02:09 AM

nice job on the box Carl …good joints

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#6 posted 01-05-2009 02:42 AM

Very nice job

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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#7 posted 01-05-2009 04:41 AM

Looks like a great first box. Lots of learning was done in the project. Can’t wait to see your next project.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#8 posted 01-05-2009 05:43 AM

I bet he loved it. Nice solid design suits its purpose well.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#9 posted 01-06-2009 03:36 AM

Gentlemen and Miss Betsy, thanks for the encouraging comments! The main problem I had was mounting the hinges. First of all, I got the wrong size. I ordered them from Rockler (boy they’re proud of them….expensive) and of course the wrong size. I wasn’t thinking and mortised the entire width of the sides of the box so that the hinge pin ended up inside the outside edge of the box, which made me radius the back edge of the sides and lid so they wouldn’t conflict. Also, they were stop hinges so they had a square back around the pin so I had to chisel tiny pockets into the mortise so they would clear. You’d think somebody with an engineering background would have put more thought into it beforehand. Guess I thought “small box, small problems”. Wrong. Like Betsy said, “lots was learned”. Anyhow, thanks again.

Charlie, you’re right, Inlace is not exactly a joy to work with. But it might be ok for fixing a car fender. lol.
Miles, you’re right too, he loved it.

-- Carl Rast, Pelion, SC

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#10 posted 04-01-2009 02:31 AM

Very nice box.
You seem to make many things so nice, so beautiful – from turned pens to sign boards, from boxes to cabinets, racks, chairs and tables in and outdoor.

Keep it up Carl!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#11 posted 04-01-2009 03:21 AM

Thanks WW, you’re way too kind!

-- Carl Rast, Pelion, SC

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#12 posted 01-26-2016 03:52 PM

Hi Carl, I saw the Colt display box and freaked, that is exactly what I have been contemplating for my grandfathers gun. It is an identical Colt. Question, is it at all possible to have one made for me and if so, can I get an estimate. The box is great, really nice job.

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#13 posted 01-26-2016 03:56 PM

That is a great looking pistol box and nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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