A Corral for the Colt - carrying case

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Project by doubleDD posted 07-08-2016 03:52 AM 2205 views 3 times favorited 38 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend of mine needed a case for his .38 colt special. His old leather case had duct tape all over it and a broken zipper. I offered to make him a wooden case, hesitant at first, he said OK. He didn’t want it bulky or too fancy. Just something to keep it in. Working with him a bit, we came up with this.
I have some cherry wood from a couple logs I sawed up and wanted to use it (pic 4). I matched up the 4 sides as best I could and selected a couple nice pieces for the top and bottom raised panel. The framed dark wood on top and bottom is bamboo.
This is also my first attempt at a wooden hinge. Our LJ buddy Jerry has been posting his invisible hinge on some of his projects lately and caught my eye. I wanted to try it out. A few questions later and Jerry had me on my way.
This is not completely a invisible hinge but I left some stock on it to act as a footing to stand the case on end and by adding a second dowel rod for balance. (pic 5) Thanks Jerry for all the help. Hinge wood is walnut.
I lined it with kaizen foam on the bottom and added green felt on top. It’s 12’’ x 7’’ x 3’’. Finished with satin lacquer and waxed.
He loves it and that made me happy.

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

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 07-08-2016 03:56 AM

Oooooooooooo She’s a might fine box. your friend will love it!!


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

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Monte Pittman

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#2 posted 07-08-2016 03:58 AM

Really beautiful work.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 07-08-2016 03:58 AM

Great job! You’ve really crafted an outstanding “corral” for your friend.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#4 posted 07-08-2016 04:02 AM

WOW….that’s a pretty slick case for that little pony!!!! I like the cherry from a piece of firewood….nice

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#5 posted 07-08-2016 04:35 AM

Beautiful job Dave! Your craftsmanship is top flight! I especially like the second dowell/runner that serves for footing.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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Joe Lyddon

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#6 posted 07-08-2016 04:37 AM

Very COOL Box, hinge, wood, contents, etc.

He will love it…

Thank you!

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

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#7 posted 07-08-2016 04:49 AM


-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#8 posted 07-08-2016 04:50 AM

Thanks Jim. He liked it so much he’s taking me on a fishing trip.

Thanks Monte. I really appreciate the comment.

John, you know those colts belong in a corral.

Thanks for the help Jerry. Next box will have invisible hinges.

Buster, thanks. I’ve been waiting for that certain project to use it and this one made sense.

Thanks Joe. Maybe I should make myself one too.

Thanks ralbuck. I like that, A BANG UP JOB>

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

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#9 posted 07-08-2016 05:00 AM

Awesome craftsmanship Dave.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#10 posted 07-08-2016 05:06 AM


It’s been said, but VERY NICE workmanship and design! I’m sure you have a happy customer!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#11 posted 07-08-2016 07:54 AM

That is beautiful. Great job Buddy.

-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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Mark Wilson

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#12 posted 07-08-2016 09:20 AM

Fantastic, Dave.

-- Mark

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#13 posted 07-08-2016 10:23 AM

Top shelf! Everything about this case is done beautifully. Happy fishing !

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

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#14 posted 07-08-2016 11:13 AM

Again you have come up with a winner. Beautiful wood selection, outstanding craftsmanship and a very good bunch of ideas for us to use. Those Jerry hinges are a super idea. I want to be just like you when I grow up.

-- I,ve had amnesia for as long as I can remember. Vernon

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#15 posted 07-08-2016 11:20 AM

Nice work and a beautiful box. I’m glad to see that it has a lock on it. Your hinge is the same as the one I always use. it’s my favorite and pretty easy to make and install. Do you use a continuous hinge pin or a series of short ones?

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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