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This Gunbox Table (or legged box) was built as part of a "learn and build" project through my local woodworking club (Charlotte Woodworkers Association). Fourteen of us started the project and 3 have finished (so far).

The goals of the learn and build were the mitered corners, mortise and tennons, and most importantly making the box lid so perfectly snug that the lib "poofs" when it closes do to the air pressure it creates. As I left the sides of the box rather heavy (1" thick) mine does not quite "poof".

The box is made predominately of cherry. The keys are walnut. The liner is Honduran Mohagony. Teh cherry I purchased for the project. The walnut was scrap and the Honduran Mohagony is from some OLD paneling that one of members was able to save for us from an old bank being demolished/renovated.

The box is 16"w x 12"d and overall height is about 27"

The finish is Danish Oil (cherry) wiped on after I sanded to 4,000 grit. There is no other finish. For this project I managed to actually finish it in parts before assembly. The legs and skirt were sanded prior to assembly, and then wiped with the dutch oil. The lid and bottom of the box were assembled, glued and shaped/sized, then sanded and then oiled. The box sides were also assembled before sanding and finish.

The bottom sides of the box, the bottom, and the legs/skirts are joined together with hidden dowels. The upper sides of the box and the top are also attached with dowels, but they are not hidden.

The lid restraint is made of 4 narrow strips of leather braided together.

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Nice work, Shameless. Poof or no poof, that's a cool gunbox table.
 

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Great looking table-very nicely done!
 

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Looks great. Those tapered legs and the miter keys look great
 

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A very cool design with good wood and super nice build.
 

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That is one mighty fine piece of work. Looks like you learned real well!!!
 

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sweet table ,you made it thur that curve very well
 

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Gun box, or tea box for the rich and famous? Either way, it looks fabulous.
 

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I like it! And it looks like all your skill building paid off.
 

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Great job. Love the design
 

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Nice work Rob…..
 

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That is nice.
 
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