Gin Box for outgoing Commander

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Project by lawrence posted 06-19-2013 06:26 AM 1898 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a box that I was asked to make for my outgoing Commander (to be from the Enlisted men and women of our squadron). The officers provided the gin to put in it. (good stuff too… it’s the old man’s favorite)

The box itself is made of 1/4 ply that I added home-sawn quarter sawn white oak veneer to (outside.. inside I added plainsawn red oak veneer to ensure the ply didn’t bow) I covered the edges of the ply with black walnut “L” beams that I glued up. The hinges are heavy brass hinges.

The finish is lacquer outside and black flat paint inside.

The details add-ons are from a combination of techniques.

The tiger I carved out on my Carvewright. I used the 3d puffing tool on a circle and then added the “negative” pattern. This created a quite nice effect when painted then sanded off. This really added a bit of “zing” to the box and I’m thrilled with the result.

The Lettering under the tiger is vinyl cut on my silhouette cameo. I’ve found that this technique displays small-to-medium lettering quite well.

The inside wording is printed on “rub on” decal paper which is different from the waterslide that I’ve been using… this type is a very thin clear vinyl with a paper backing. You print on the vinyl (backwards), cut it out, then add adhesive to the page. after positioning it and allowing things to dry, you peel off the paper backing to reveal the (now frontwards) print. This is the first time I’ve used this material and it seems quite appropriate for very small (under 1/2 inch) lettering as you really can go as small as your printer can handle…

Thanks for looking, and as always, comments, suggestions, or constructive critiques are appreciated and questions welcomed.


(PS- the beer pic is for perspective… yes, it’s a big bottle of gin…)

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#1 posted 06-19-2013 09:30 AM

That is a very nice project! How many hours to complete?

-- Chris, Virginia

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 06-19-2013 12:29 PM

Beautiful gift. Very well done. I love the lettering.I’d like to learn more about the rub on lettering!!

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

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#3 posted 06-19-2013 01:46 PM

This is a fine box and a wonderful gift. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#4 posted 06-19-2013 10:23 PM

Great looking Gin box! You put a lot of thought and care into it, and I’m sure the colonel will appreciate it! (And the gin, too….......!)

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#5 posted 06-21-2013 01:42 AM

Thanks all-

Chris, the project took an afternoon/evening to make- it really went together quickly.

Jim, the lettering is from full sheets I got here

This was the first time I had used it and am pleased so far

Thanks again all,


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