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Project by doubleDD posted 01-02-2021 03:19 PM 1559 views 4 times favorited 43 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My niece is moving to Biloxi, Ms. in a couple weeks for a new job at the casinos. She has a small briefcase like box she uses now and wished she had something bigger to carry things around for work. I enjoy making these so I got right to it.
It’s 19’’ x 12’’ x 4’’ deep , made from Honey locust and Maple I milled myself. (last pic) It’s about 3/8’’ thick and plenty sturdy yet light weight. My friend gave me about a dozen logs 2 years ago and it is drying out nicely. I used a leather handle for this one , it seemed to look nicer. Finished with 4 coats of Danish oil, then waxed.
She was extremely surprised when I gave it to her and said it may be too nice for work. LOL.
I wish Dana the best of luck.

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





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Ivan

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#1 posted 01-02-2021 03:27 PM

Cool, very classy look! Cherry is beautiful!...nothing to add

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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hairy

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#2 posted 01-02-2021 03:28 PM

Great job! I’ve been thinking of doing something like that. I hope it comes out that good.

-- I still love you baby, but I sure don't want you back... Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown

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Dave Polaschek

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#3 posted 01-02-2021 03:49 PM

Very nice, Dave! That honey locust is a real looker and milling it yourself adds a nice personal touch.

I’ve found little briefcase-style boxes are pretty fun to make too, and I can use thinner stock than I would have expected (I generally aim for “fat quarter,” which ends up being 5/16 or 9/32). Plus, putting a bunch of somewhat-related things in a briefcase really steps up a gift. Or a swap item.

Speaking of which, the sign-up for the next surprise swap is still open until the 15th, and we’d love to have you if you’ve got the time.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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GR8HUNTER

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#4 posted 01-02-2021 03:51 PM

Very beautiful case i do love the leather handle she should be proud to carry that GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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Jim Jakosh

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#5 posted 01-02-2021 04:04 PM

Great looking briefcase, Dave. I could see a wood salesman carrying one of you cases into a meeting!!

Cheers, Jim

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

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wildwoodbybrianjohns

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#6 posted 01-02-2021 04:21 PM

“Too nice for work.” That is quite a compliment.

The match on the top is sweet.

-- WWBBJ: the first to compare a woman´s cheek to a rose was a poet. The second, an idiot. Dali

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doubleDD

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#7 posted 01-02-2021 04:22 PM

Thanks Ivan. It’s Honey locust. Hahaha

Thanks hairy. There easy to make and I use them to store certain things.

Thanks Indianathe3rd. Learning is a fun process go ahead and give it a try.

Thanks Dave. I enjoy making these a lot. Your BBQ case was exceptional. I’m not a dovetail fan but it does give it class. The frame on mine was 3/8’’ and the top and bottom a tad over a quarter. I will consider the swap but I’ve been having trouble with my hands so I’m taking it easy.

Thanks GR8HUNTER. She said it was the best gift she received for xmas or she just wanted to make a old guy feel good. LOL. I’m kind of glad I used the leather handle also instead of a wooden one for this.

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

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John

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#8 posted 01-02-2021 05:05 PM

That’s quite impressive Dave, going from the rough lumber to such a fine looking briefcase! The corner splines always look real good to me.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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doubleDD

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#9 posted 01-02-2021 05:17 PM

Thanks Jim. I’ve had been asked twice to make a briefcase for people who carry one around all the time for work. Both wanted me to line the inside with leather and a few pockets. I offered to make just the case and let them do the leather work but no takers. I’m just not ready to play with leather yet. But it would look cool.

Thanks Brian. I got the top and bottom to match as best I could. There were a couple long cracks I needed to avoid.

Thanks John. About 90% of the things I make are from logs given to me or I pick up. Extra work but well worth it when you saw them up.

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

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#10 posted 01-02-2021 05:23 PM

nice job she will remind me of Roy Underhill going to work

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6zju0s43cHE

-- Regards Rob

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schucrew

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#11 posted 01-02-2021 06:02 PM

Beautiful work, would a felt lining be doable?

-- "Art is never finished, only abandoned", "Learning never exhausts the mind" -Leonardo Da Vinci

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robscastle

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#12 posted 01-02-2021 06:04 PM

I made something similar to house my Milesscraft lettering gear

https://www.lumberjocks.com/projects/106629

Not as flash as yours I might add!

-- Regards Rob

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Alex Lane

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#13 posted 01-02-2021 06:47 PM

I am inspired! Hopefully I can make something like this someday. Nice job!

-- Alex...builder of wooden wings for vintage sport biplanes...I'm your wingman :)

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Dave Polaschek

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#14 posted 01-02-2021 07:26 PM

I will consider the swap but I’ve been having trouble with my hands so I’m taking it easy.

Ouch. Hope your hands feel better, Dave. This getting older stuff is tough.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#15 posted 01-02-2021 08:18 PM

Beautifully done 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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