Gun box and tattoo carving

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Project by LittleCobra posted 04-27-2018 11:05 PM 1178 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have recently been building some gun cleaning boxes for hunting buddies. The one here is made out of pecan with red cedar front and back and hand carved deer (don’t have the cnc router up and running yet). The last picture is for a box I am currently working on. The front panel is pecan and I did a reverse relief carving. I used dark walnut stain to fill the negative spaces. This is pretty early on and a lot of work still to do. Will post pics when it is finished. Good on all you Lumberjacks out there.

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#1 posted 04-27-2018 11:13 PM

That is really darn nice. Your carving is great.

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#2 posted 04-27-2018 11:47 PM

Bob took the words right outta my mouth. Excellent work.

-- 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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#3 posted 04-28-2018 03:28 AM

Excellent job. I may be the first of many to ask if you could do a picture post of the carving detail. I’m terrible at freehand stuff, but I just go at it. From the words you are using I am imagining following a pattern maybe?

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#4 posted 04-28-2018 04:30 AM

Very Nice & Well Done Also! Thanks for Posting!

Regards Rick

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#5 posted 04-28-2018 12:46 PM

very nice work…

would love to see a plan for the box

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#6 posted 04-28-2018 01:32 PM

To answer therealSteveN, the carving was done by doing a search for a deer tattoo. I found this one and hand copied it to the wood panel. I then carved out the spaces and painted them with stain. Thanks for your kind comments. Maniac Matt, the plans are very simple- build a box to a size of your liking. I like using box joints , they are easy and strong. The back and sides can be one piece or a glue up depending on the box size. The front has two panels, the top panel is box jointed. If you are going to do carving it’s best to do it before assembly. The front lower panel is the front of a storage drawer. The handle pulls are rifle brass cut to size and mounted with dowels. The top is two panels of your liking with two hinges on each side with small pieces of wood mounted between the hinges to help support the top panels when they are opened. Hope that’s not too vague. Thanks for your interest….Jim

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#7 posted 04-28-2018 04:30 PM

LittleCobra, thanks for the answer I figured it was something like that. Appreciate your posting this, it’s a great thing to have, or gift to anyone who shoots. Forgot to say earlier I love that built in gun rack, truly forward thinking.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#8 posted 04-28-2018 05:57 PM

Great skills you have

Thank you for sharing

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#9 posted 04-28-2018 10:14 PM

Quite like this box. You should be proud.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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