oak .38 S&W case

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Project by seamuis posted 04-13-2011 06:03 AM 1815 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first handgun case, done for a cop buddy. I do quite a few of these, something I’m trying to maybe turn into some sort of a small business. I have 6 or 7 going right now, varoius types of wood, starting to try some veneer inlays and such. It was also the first time I used the cylinder style hidden hinges. I like em quite a bit, both for security purposes and for a more clean looking finished product. As I said in my profile, I’m pretty new to the whole woodworking thing, so there was a bit of trial and error here. I sometimes have issues getting the top and bottom halves of a box to match up perfectly, so I’ve found that just making the whole thing in one piece, then just splitting it with a table saw, seems to work for me.

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#1 posted 04-13-2011 02:10 PM

If it works it works lol it looks good

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#2 posted 04-13-2011 10:11 PM

Beautiful pistol case.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#3 posted 04-13-2011 10:49 PM

I always enjoy seeing work of this caliber.

Sorry ;-)

-- -- Neil

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#4 posted 04-14-2011 07:39 PM

Nice job. Was the installation of those hinges easy?

I almost used them on my current project but I don’t have a drill press and was worried about doing them by hand.

-- Alex -- "I will one day write something intelligent, witty, or humorous here"

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#5 posted 04-16-2011 04:03 AM

Not the easiest thing in the world, until you get the hang of it. I have done ‘em by hand, trick is to first, use a forstner bit, second, tape a small line-level to the side of the drill. However, I have screwed up a few pieces doing the hand install, so I use the drill press. Either way, you use dowel markers. Drill out the bottom of whatever you’re putting em in, drop the dowel markers in, position the top, press down. You can get a mixed bag of markers (1/4 in thru 3/4 in) for about 4 bucks at Woodcraft. It’s best not to stain anything until they are installed, because even with the markers it’s easy to be off a mm or two! Sand everything even, stain away!

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