oak gift box for my German cousin

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Project by BurlyBob posted 03-14-2016 06:02 PM 1258 views 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a box I built as a gift for my cousin in Germany. He is enamored with the Old West and dreams of riding a horse across the prairie and cooking a steak on an open fired. This box as several firsts for me, recessed hinges, wood burning and cutting splines. I bought the spurs in Mexico last year for my cousin as I knew was going to visit him next week. The badge is one a friend gave me as a retirement present. He bought it for me thinking it was like the first badge I wore. As much as I appreciated him getting it for me, it’s nothing like the City Marshall badge I wore 40 years ago. I’m certain that my cousin will love it. I had my neighbor build the Diamond D brand. I couldn’t brand the box with it so I copied the outline of the brand and used a wood burner. That took me over an hour. Recessing the hinges also took me over an hour each. I know it can be done faster but I endeavored to be extra careful and not screw up. There’s 8 coats of poly on the top. It could have used another 6 at least but I’m out of time. Decided to quit while I was ahead. So Ralph gets the box, spurs, badge and the branding iron. That is if it all gets thru customs. Keep your fingers crossed for me. Can’t wait to see the look on his face when he see this.

My best,

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#1 posted 03-14-2016 06:14 PM

Nice box, Bob, and cool accessories, too. The wood burning came out better than I thought it would.

Oh, and please no photos of you in lederhosen.

-- Mistakes are what pave the road to perfection

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Joe Lyddon

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#2 posted 03-14-2016 06:21 PM

I think he will be OVERJOYED with all of it!

Looks like you hit a Home Run, to me…

Great job!

How you made the nice straight lines with a wood burning pencil is above me! VERY NICE & clean!

A very COOL box!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#3 posted 03-14-2016 07:22 PM

Awesome work BBob.
I’m sure your cousin will love it.

-- 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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#4 posted 03-14-2016 07:32 PM

I’m sure he will be excited about it. There should be no problem with customs. Nice work Bob, just stay out of Dodge.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#5 posted 03-14-2016 07:55 PM

Bob that box turned out very nice and will make a big surprise when he opens it with the spurs and star inside .
Great job on the pyrography on the lid and taking the time to mortise the hinges .
Now if you could find an eagle feather that would be another real treat !
Now be careful as your cousin probably has read all the Karl May books just like I did as I grew up living in Germany and should have some pretty good knowledge about America . LOL
Here is a link to the Karl May museum that may be of interest to you .
Here is the English version
Have a great time in Germany and enjoy the food ,beer and wine .


-- Kiefer

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#6 posted 03-14-2016 08:39 PM

Giddy Up!! He’s gonna luv it

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#7 posted 03-14-2016 10:35 PM

Thanks all. It really means a lot to me! Your the best!

Klaus, here I thought I was just wood burning. You make it sound so much more artistic and technical, pyrography! I was just trying to color inside the lines.

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#8 posted 03-14-2016 11:14 PM

Cool box and contents! Did you “flock” the inside?

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#9 posted 03-14-2016 11:21 PM

Yes I did flock it. That was the easy part!

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#10 posted 03-14-2016 11:32 PM

Bob, I think your gifts are great, following the code of the west. The box, the brand, the theme, and the general finish are spot on. Very nice work. Tip a stein for me. Have a great trip.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#11 posted 03-14-2016 11:34 PM

Rollin’, rollin’, rollin’ .............. Nice box Bob. Looks like it got branded ;)

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#12 posted 03-15-2016 12:51 AM

Excellent box and workmanship. I’m sure he will love it!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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Mark Wilson

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#13 posted 03-15-2016 07:47 AM

Great job, Bob.

-- Mark

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#14 posted 03-15-2016 01:37 PM

WOW! What a nice job on the box. I’ve been hearing about it and the spurs for a while now. You’ve done an incredible job. And, you got a lot of great comments on your project too. Good Job. I’m sure your relation will like it as much as all of us.

-- DWelch. Michigan, The only dumb question is the one not asked!

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#15 posted 03-16-2016 10:53 PM

Very nice! You’ll have to put the spurs in your checked luggage, though.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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