Grandson's Rifles

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Project by doubleDD posted 08-31-2020 04:33 PM 979 views 1 time favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My grandson finally grew tall enough at 5 years old to see my toy rifle and cap gun collection in the hutch. My wife said she never seen him so excited. When she told me I figured I would give him a coupe. I collected 57 of these when I was 15 to 25 years old and stopped. We kept them on display since my wife liked them too. Although my kids got their hands on them when they were small many survived and I thought it was a good time to pass them on. These are the 2 he picked out so I built a case for them too. Seeing his face expression will make me give him the rest soon. He’s not aware that they shoot caps yet but grandpa is picking them up. LOL.
A small case made of Tree of heaven and walnut and lined with foam and felt. Finished with Danish oil.
Thanks for looking and sharing my joy.

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

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#1 posted 08-31-2020 04:42 PM

Cool. I wouldn’t mind seeing pics of the whole collection.

-- Rick M,

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#2 posted 08-31-2020 04:43 PM

Oh my gosh, I don’t know which is more important, the box, the gift, or the memories you just brought to me.
First, it’s a beautiful display box
second, the cap guns can be a terrific learning experience
third – Thank You for tapping into my own memories

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#3 posted 08-31-2020 04:54 PM

Look at that happiness! Awesome box!!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 08-31-2020 04:55 PM

Looks awesome. Don’t forget to throw in a Red Ryder this Christmas :)

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might

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#5 posted 08-31-2020 05:00 PM

Beautiful Dave, I bet he’s really pleased!

-- 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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#6 posted 08-31-2020 05:00 PM

Thinking you are gonna be his bestest Granpa ever. Nice job on the case too.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#7 posted 08-31-2020 05:07 PM

It’s great to be able to share something with your grandson that you had a passion for when you were younger.
The look on his face says it all. Fantastic looking case, maybe he’ll also make woodworking his passion. On a side note: I didn’t know they still sell caps!

-- Rich

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#8 posted 08-31-2020 05:10 PM

It wasn’t until the last photo until I realized their true scale 8^)

Nice work Dave, tree of heaven, I have some ToH “shrubs” in the yard, never expected to see a project made from that!

That is one happy looking kid!

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#9 posted 08-31-2020 05:47 PM

yeah his expression says it all.nice work all around grandpa,hopefully he will be handing those down to his kids or grand kids some day.

-- 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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#10 posted 08-31-2020 07:22 PM

Great story! I bet it feels really good to hand down things you have treasured for a long long time. The gun case looks nice and from the look on his face I know he is very excited to have this hand me down.
Nice Work Dave!

What splintergroup said about the scale caught me by surprise also!

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

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#11 posted 08-31-2020 08:06 PM

That boy sure looks happy. Nice box too.

Sorry but, what is the “tree of heaven?”

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: The Big Bang: Nothing - exploded into Everything. Thanks to Nothing.

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#12 posted 08-31-2020 08:18 PM

What a cool Project Dave. So awesome to see how happy he is and that you can share these awesome things with him. I think you just gave ma really fun idea for the future. Never would have thought of using tree of heaven either as a wood option. always getting rid of those.

Jeff tree of heaven is a weed tree in most areas (Ailanthus altissima) They grow quick.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#13 posted 08-31-2020 09:03 PM

Well done Grandpa! I can only imagine the smile on your face when you gave this to him…

-- Visit the forest and appreciate the source of our craft’s raw material.

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#14 posted 08-31-2020 09:04 PM

Don’t shoot your eye out!
Great Project Dave, Well Done!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#15 posted 08-31-2020 09:17 PM

Wow , what a great gift and a nice case to store them in. You need to post a shot of your collection. I have never see those two models. I bought a Red Ryder BB rifle at a flea market and it has the wood stocks on it yet. you probably have one just like it in your collection.

Cheers, Jim

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

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