Gunsmith Boxes #2, 3 & 4

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Project by Blake posted 01-10-2011 10:03 PM 5304 views 15 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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Padauk, Quilted Maple, Leather, Solid Brass.

Click HERE for a complete blog containing over 100 photos of the building process.




Ever since I posted the original Gunsmith Box on my website, it has been very popular. I get emails inquiring about price, etc., at least once a week. And as expected most of them don’t email me back once they hear the price. And once in a while I get a request for one of these boxes NOW… “my dads birthday is next week” etc.

The original:
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Well a few months ago I finally had someone from Texas who understood what goes into a custom project like this, was willing to wait, and agreed to my price. This represents my FIRST ONLINE SALE!!! The agreement was that I would have it shipped to her by Christmas for her husband’s gift.

I decided to take the opportunity to make a miniature production run, and made three of these boxes at once. That way I would have two in “stock” if anybody needs one right away. The first got sent to Texas and the other two are currently on consignment at a local firearms dealer. The photos in the gallery (above) show one of the “stock” boxes, which features a Mallard duck and some reeds inlayed into the top. My client in Texas requested a monogram letter “C” on the lid for her husband’s box. The photos of that box are shown in the blog.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#1 posted 01-10-2011 10:12 PM

Blake – how wonderful! Congratulations on the sale
And the box is wonderful.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#2 posted 01-10-2011 10:20 PM

Wow Blake, this is absolutely beautiful!
I would love to see the look on the guys face when he received this, it would be priceless…...

A work of art and I am sure that you will sell the others to someone who truly appreciates this level of fine craftsmanship.

I love the details of the carving around the pulls, the banding inlay and the reeds and ducks, just fantastic!

Job well done !

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#3 posted 01-10-2011 10:23 PM

Congrats on the sale. I am sure the others will not last long on the shelf.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#4 posted 01-10-2011 10:28 PM

great work. smart idea doing more than 1 at a time.

-- Tim, Nevada MO

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#5 posted 01-10-2011 10:32 PM


The Padauk has a wonderful colour – do you know of any way of stopping it changing to chocolate brown over time ?

-- Don, Somerset UK,

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#6 posted 01-10-2011 11:01 PM

That’s superb! did you do the Mallard marquetry design yourself? (forgive me if that was a rude question) but if so what woods / Dyes did you use

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#7 posted 01-10-2011 11:18 PM

Whoowhee, I like! And the shotgun comes with it, Right? That is n-i-c-e.

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#8 posted 01-11-2011 12:25 AM

Extraordinary. Fantastic work, don’t know what else to say really.

Also big thanks for the photos of your process. Always loving those. Congratulations on the online sale and good luck for the other boxes.
It seems people are the same all over though. Not realizing the work behind it, or wanting things in a week or whatever else that one can only shake his head at.


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#9 posted 01-11-2011 01:50 AM

Congratulations on the sale.
Such fine work you have done there.
It will look wonderful for a collector of guns, to display his favorite.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#10 posted 01-11-2011 02:03 AM

Beautiful, well executed craftsmanship! I really like this idea! Congrats on the sale.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#11 posted 01-11-2011 04:55 AM

Blake: congratulations on your sale.

Nice looking box.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia kars[email protected]

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#12 posted 01-11-2011 07:03 AM


As always, just exquisite. We’ve come to expect nothing but perfection from you! Thanks for posting.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#13 posted 01-11-2011 09:34 AM

Congrats on the sale!! Why don’t you post the prices on your site? I hae seen a lot of shooting boxes. Those are a bit higher quality matericlas than most and a little different design.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#14 posted 01-12-2011 04:59 AM

As always your work is Awesome. Excellent craftsmanship.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#15 posted 01-13-2011 10:02 PM

I love guns and I love wood. What an incredible attention to detail. The top is perfectly suited. The gouged drawer pull scallops are the icing on the cake. I absolutely love this piece.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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