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Project by Jim Sellers posted 10-25-2015 02:35 PM 2925 views 13 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had no reason to build these other than just wanting a new project to start and trying to find a use for some walnut burl veneer. Halfway through the build I kept asking myself why was I doing this and would they even be marketable. (not that I’m trying to sell anything anyway) But I was too far into it to give up and most always finish what I start. Building the cases wasn’t too difficult. The most challenging part was finding the hardware and pocket liner. The first one with the maple sides is a little heavier than I hoped and the suede liner add some weight. The solid walnut case actually feels lighter than my regular leather case that I use for work, but the stock is thinner and has no pocket liner. (lined with suede leather) I didn’t want to use a continuous hinge but they had less play and movement than the smaller pairs. I wish now I had invested in a high quality pair of smaller hinges.

-- J.C.Sellers, Norcross, Ga. Just cut it right the first time. The best carpenters make the fewest chips.

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#1 posted 10-25-2015 02:49 PM

WOW, Jim. Those are quite handsome. Excellent craftsmanship.
Matching the inlay on the maple sided one is impressive.
I made a couple for our sons to carry their pistols to the range. Several of their buddies wanted one…..until I gave them a price.
They aren’t as easy as one might think.
Not sure what smaller hinges would be as sturdy as the continuous hinge and side mounted stays.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#2 posted 10-25-2015 02:50 PM

Very nice cases….the veneer is beaut

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#3 posted 10-25-2015 03:17 PM

Jim, those are exquisite cases I love the book matched veneer on the covers.

Real eye catchers! Hats off you on that project. Should be editor’s choice for sure.

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#4 posted 10-25-2015 03:58 PM

Looking good Jim ….

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#6 posted 10-25-2015 07:14 PM

That is one (OK two) sweet burl match(s) Jim and I didn’t miss the banding match either. That is so often the downfall of geometric banding jobs. Very nice cases.

PS: Your cases are nicer than the one I made but you may be interested in the hinges I used.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#7 posted 10-25-2015 08:22 PM

These are beautiful Jim, fabulous work

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#8 posted 10-25-2015 10:25 PM

Gorgeous! Fantastic! Exquisite! Not marketable? HAH! Twenty years ago when I had a different job making more money with less expenses I bought one from Gerstner (yes the company in my home town that makes the high end solid wood tool chests – they also make even higher end solid wood briefcases) Of course I got it at their 70% off scratch and dent warehouse sale and still paid a lot but it was worth it. Still use it occasionally for big meetings – it always commands attention and respect. Gerstner still makes them and is proud of the fact that the briefcases have been given as gifts to visiting dignitaries and heads of state. Bet the corporate executives of some of those multinational companies in Atlanta would love to have one of these. If you have trouble selling them, just offer them as a fund raising auction item to one of those black-tie charity events (you will probably be able to take an in-kind tax deduction for it and might even get a few special order commissions). Great job. Thanks for posting.

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#9 posted 10-26-2015 12:11 AM

Both are absolutely beautiful. The maple sided one is my favorite with the perfect banding.

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

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#10 posted 10-26-2015 02:32 AM

These are wonderful. Fantastic work, Jim.

-- Drew -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#11 posted 10-26-2015 03:14 AM

Jim, these briefcases are really beautiful., really incredible .

-- "everything is beautiful, but not everyone sees it" ~confucius-551-449 b.c.~

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#12 posted 10-26-2015 04:42 AM

Wow – these are spectacular. Everything anout them is very well executed. Fine work fellow lumberjock.

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#13 posted 10-26-2015 05:08 AM

What lovely workmanship, you certainly produce lovely work. Thanks for shearing.

-- "It is only a silly question if it is not asked" Don,New Zealand

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#14 posted 10-26-2015 06:03 AM

Great work!

-- Dreaming patterns

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#15 posted 10-26-2015 11:06 AM

Thanks alot guys for all the comments.
Paul -I remember when you posted that case and you surely have me beat (but who’s keeping score) I’m still determined to try that style hinge, I’ve read your blogs on it. Leafherder – thanks for sharing your story. Interesting and a real confidence booster.
Gene and all you others, thanks

-- J.C.Sellers, Norcross, Ga. Just cut it right the first time. The best carpenters make the fewest chips.

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