Small Attache Case - the case of the wrong size case

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Project by doubleDD posted 06-28-2017 05:46 PM 8128 views 17 times favorited 56 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Last Friday I have a complete stranger come to my door and says he a friend of one of my neighbors and found out I like to build things out of wood. He asked me if I would be interested in building a briefcase for him for work. He saw many different ones on etsy and wanted to know if I could make one for him cheaper than the ones he saw. He said it didn’t have to be perfect but wanted it to look nice. At first I didn’t want to bother with it but he kept insisting on how my neighbor said I can build nice things. I finally agreed and with a good price. He gave me the exact inside dimensions he wanted it to be. 14 1/2’’ x 9 1/2’’ x 3 1/4’’ high and said he needs it by June 30th. Oh boy, rush job I said. I received $50.00 up front to start the work. I knew I had everything to make one as long as he agreed with the materials I had.
Anyway long story short, made it in 2 days, started finishing it with Danish oil and it started to look good. He gives me a call last night and asked how it was going. I said it was almost finished and wanted to give it one more coat of Danish before I lined it with some brown suede I had. Being anxious he wanted to stop over and see it. OK I said. As he got his first look at it his eyes got big with being happy with it. Then a few seconds later he says I made it the wrong way. What? So what he actually wanted was a case with dimensions of 9 1/2×14 1/2’’ not 14 1/2×9 1/2’’ Who make a attache case long instead of wide? That was the end of that job, gave him his money back and said it’s too late to make another one. So I have this case to use for something. LOL.
Made the case and the handle out of walnut and maple. I think it will make one of my tools happy as a storage case.
Thanks for letting me bend your ear a bit.
I forgot to mention that I started to make a handle out of oak as you see in picture 5 then decided to make it match some and used the maple and walnut.

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

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#1 posted 06-28-2017 05:53 PM

me i love this case and i think you did a great job on it !!!

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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#2 posted 06-28-2017 06:04 PM

Nice case Dave !! I like that and the wood contrast. I would agree that you made it right as a normal one would be.

-- Mark -- Really we're not crazy, just "Limited Editions" -- --

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#3 posted 06-28-2017 06:11 PM

yeah thats a strange size for a case like that id have done the same thing you did.oh well he lost out on a beautiful case,nice work dave.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#4 posted 06-28-2017 06:20 PM

Somebody’s nuckin futz. That looks great. How did you not send him home wearing that as a new hat?

-- The problem with communication is the illusion that it has occurred. – George Bernard Shaw

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#5 posted 06-28-2017 06:36 PM

The beast. It’s a beautiful piece, Dave.

-- Mark

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#6 posted 06-28-2017 07:03 PM

All I have to say is that if the down payment on that work of art was only $50.00, maybe I could afford it if you are willing to sell !?

Wonderful bit of woodworking!

-- Without the wood, it's just working

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#7 posted 06-28-2017 07:05 PM

I’m thinking he was just being a jerk and didn’t want to pay for the thing.

You do make nice things out of wood!


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woodshaver Tony C

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#8 posted 06-28-2017 07:19 PM

It’s a really nice looking case Dave. I don’t blame you for assuming that it needed to be this shape.. who the heck makes an Attache Case with his thinking? He should have paid for it anyway and he should be responsible for making sure you got all the details correct in the first place if it was not going to be a normal shape. He even said “cheaper than the ones he saw on etsy.”

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#9 posted 06-28-2017 07:29 PM

Nice work Dave. Use it yourself and you will never stop getting compliments on it.
Who knows, maybe even a commission or two from people who aren’t just looking for “cheaper than etsy”.
Anyway his loss is your gain here IMHO. :-)

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

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#10 posted 06-28-2017 07:37 PM

Why not put it on ETSY for Sale and get a BETTER price for it?!

Looks great to me!

He should have known that a Normal Attache case is exactly as you made it… and NOT some CRAZY dimension the wrong way!

Make Lemonade from your Lemon… SELL for a BETTER price that he was looking for!!
... I know you could do it…
Have you looked on Ebay?

Beautiful attache case!

Great Job!

Please let us know what you sell it for… OK? :)

The only thing it lacks is a section for papers and pencils & pens, etc. on the inside of the Top… usually an accordion type of dividers fabric covered cardboard, leather, that snaps shut.

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

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#11 posted 06-28-2017 07:41 PM

Wow, some people’s kids… That is a work of art Dave you should be very proud of that.

-- 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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#12 posted 06-28-2017 07:54 PM

Very nice case and all of the comments above are correct too.

I get them to make a rough sketch and put the measurements on it; if there is to be a special made to size item.

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

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#13 posted 06-28-2017 07:55 PM

Absolutely stunning. I really like this one.

-- Community Manager

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#14 posted 06-28-2017 08:13 PM

As soon as I heard make the cheaper than ETSY, I’m out. Rather do if for free if you want something I made. I like what you made. Very nice case. I’m thinking of making a small portable (2 bottle booze) case for when we travel.

-- Petey

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#15 posted 06-28-2017 08:26 PM

Dave, that is one beautiful case. You will have no trouble selling if you so choose.

-- 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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