Attache Display Case

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Project by doubleDD posted 01-04-2022 05:38 PM 2143 views 2 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a funny story. My son-in -law told his boss I could make a display case for their glass medical products. The one they use is made of some thick cardboard and gets raggedy looking easily and not good for showing costumers the product. The boss said it would be interesting with what I come up with. I made this as a sample to show him. (actually I made 2, one for myself to store things in the shop) It had to be exact measurements so the glass and padding of their case would fit exactly in this one.
Inside measurements were 19’ wide by 10 3/16’’ deep. The bottom height of the case was 3 3/8’’ and the lid is 9/16’’ in depth. I didn’t like the plain pine look since it looked cheap. I saw my torch and decided to go to town. I liked the look a lot and finished with danish oil. I made the handle out of cherry. My son-in-law took it to work yesterday and showed him. Everything fit great and he loved it. He said how much for this one. He tells him this is just a sample and he’ll make one out of nicer wood, hardware and put a lock on it. NO he says I want this one, he loved it. I tell the son-in law tell him $150.
He stops over after work yesterday and hands me a check for $300. I guess he really liked it. LOL.

Now the funny part of the story. My son-in-law brought me about 30 pieces of 2×10 and 2×12’s 30’’ long pine from his work place a couple months ago. They were used for packing some large machines.
The boss doesn’t know the wood came from his company. LMAO.
Thanks for looking.
He says his boss is thinking of having me make him a wood attache case for his personnel use. Looking forward to it.

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

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#1 posted 01-04-2022 05:48 PM

Good story and nice case! Love the ending to your story I’m still laughing!
Well it looks like you’re worth twice as much as you thought you were! I thought I was doing good getting 70% off at r he bargain bin at Home Depot… You win! LOL!

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

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#2 posted 01-04-2022 05:54 PM

Great story Dave, the case looks great. I’ve seen some people use a torch on wood but I didn’t think it would look this nice. Great job as always!

-- Rich

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#3 posted 01-04-2022 06:00 PM

Great job when your sample is worth double!! Sounds like you may have more project requests!!

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#4 posted 01-04-2022 06:06 PM

Tony I’m still laughing too. I told Nancy we’re laughing about it and she say that now we really really need a job. haha
I would of never thought that I would get that much. I thought the $150 may be on the high side. I will admit I did not like working with the pine at all. Too much build up on my tools. I’m giving all but a couple pieces to my neighbor for his fire pit. If you decide to drive out this way you can load up that big red truck with it. I’ll show you how to make snow balls again.

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

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#5 posted 01-04-2022 06:11 PM

Nice “Custom” box, c/w with carrying handle:) LOL! usually when some one (Friends and Family) wants something made, I only charge material and usually they double that, except for 2 times, friend of a friend and a Religious establishment:)

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#6 posted 01-04-2022 06:23 PM

That’s a sharp-looking case, Dave! Glad he paid so much for their own wood, but the way the markets are being crazy lately, pine might cost more than exotics.

Don’t get a job, though. It’s nowhere near as much fun as doing this sort of thing for free!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#7 posted 01-04-2022 06:24 PM

Great story! And great job on the display case!

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#8 posted 01-04-2022 06:59 PM

great case dave well worth what he paid you easy.just goes to show never sell yourself short.

-- 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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#9 posted 01-04-2022 07:02 PM

Nice case, good looking.

-- Ron

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#10 posted 01-04-2022 07:51 PM

great looking case Dave

it’s so nice when a customer shows appreciation with generosity

-- 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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#11 posted 01-04-2022 08:14 PM

Good looking case, Dave. ............Cheers, Jim

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

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#12 posted 01-04-2022 08:21 PM

Nice looking case Dave.

-- Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.

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#13 posted 01-04-2022 08:46 PM

Thanks Rich. Some woods work well using a torch where as others not at all. Chestnut is great for torching also.

Thanks Barb, I looking forward to making another. Watch now I’ll make another with some nice hardwood and look nicer and probably get less. Hahaha.

Andre I had no idea he would like the pine sample so much. If there’s anyone more surprised it’s me.
I took the money and ran.

Thanks Dave. I bought some 1 x lumber to have around in October and thought I was buying maple or oak. The cost are sure up. Imagine the price I would of charged him if I had to buy it. LOL
When I don’t have things to fix around here I have a full time job in the shop. Only that guy can be hard to get along with sometimes.

Thanks kdc. I got a good laugh out of it myself. Only goes to show we all have our own opinion on what we like.

Thanks pottz. I thought it would be a cool storage box for the shop but didn’t think he’d jump on it.

Ron987 thanks. I’m pleased how the torching came out.

Thanks Dick. I still can not get over the generosity. But when money talks I’ll listen. LOL.

Thanks Jim. One for the shop and one for the road.

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

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#14 posted 01-04-2022 08:59 PM

Beautiful piece Dave, love the torch/danish oil finish

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

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#15 posted 01-04-2022 09:06 PM

Dave, a great story, and a spectacular case.

-- Think safe, be safe

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