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Project by Jim Sellers posted 06-18-2017 06:41 PM 1191 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The most difficult part of building these cases, for me, is finding the pocket liners. I made the dark one, for my personal use, out of wormy maple and used vinegar and steel wool solution to give it the aged look. Can be tossed in the truck, used and abused. The top panel is ¼” thick made up of two 1/8 pieces glued together with opposite grain direction for strength. My old leather case I’ve been using for over 15 years was starting to come apart at the seams but the liner was top grade leather and in good shape so I ripped it out and used it The bright colorful loud one is not my style but it was reason to use up some veneer scraps. The liner for this one came from a cheap case I bought from office depot.

-- 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 06-18-2017 06:52 PM

Nice work on both of these Jim. I can see lots of possibilities for custom Marquetry tops.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#2 posted 06-18-2017 06:52 PM

Very nice Jim, great build and cool design.

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#3 posted 06-18-2017 09:40 PM

Jim, this is a beautiful briefcase and has a lot of wonderful details and craftsmanship. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#4 posted 06-18-2017 10:07 PM

Great job! I went to the warehouse sale at Gerstner yesterday and their solid wood briefcases are going for over $500 (that is the sale price for the scratch and dent factory seconds). Nothing as fancy as your veneer one, although they did have one with a laser carved inset pannel. Yours are sure to attract attention and respect wherever you take them. Thanks for posting.

-- Leafherder

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#5 posted 06-19-2017 12:19 AM

Real nice looking cases, Jim.

Cheers, Jim

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

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#6 posted 06-19-2017 05:26 AM

I like them Jim. I’m still using mine after about three and a half years.
Always a conversation starter.
The liners are a nice touch.

-- 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 06-19-2017 10:23 AM

I luv the sunrise/multi-colored one.

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#8 posted 06-19-2017 12:40 PM

These are amazing brief cases. Well done.

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

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#9 posted 06-19-2017 12:57 PM

Really nice work on both. “The bright colorful loud one” would probably make a nice art case for someone ;) They both look great.

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

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#10 posted 06-20-2017 11:00 AM

Outstanding craftmanship. The worth more than laptops inside.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#11 posted 06-21-2017 06:43 PM

I love these! I’m going to be building one this summer to hold 2 racks of eyeglass frames to carry from school to school (I teach kids to make glasses and fit kids in differetn schools). What thickness wood did you use for the sides and how heavy is it? Thanks!

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#12 posted 07-09-2017 04:37 PM

Very slick

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

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