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My life long friend and colleague retired after 32 years of service with the Fire Department. Instead of a gold watch, we all pitched in and bought him a Kimber Custom 1911 45 cal handgun. He is a gun collector and has always like the quality of the Kimber.

I was tasked with creating a display box worthy of such a weapon and commemorating a successful career. No Pressure!

I used all mahogany throughout. The gun rests inside a cut-out on top of a soft leather insert. The bullets (32 for 32 years of service) are also inset and resting on a leather pad. The 3 /16 glass is etched and inserted in the frame top of the frame.

The badge on the front is inlayed and the red acryllic splines match the red in the badge.

It is topped off by 20 battery powered LED lights on the inside of the case activated by a push switch underneath. The battery and wiring are all contained in a false bottom.

The feet are replicas of shell casings (obviously larger than life). It is all finished in spray lacquer.

The best part is I used every single tool I owned to make this box!

Table saw, router and router table, planer, band saw, scroll saw, lathe, clamps, sander, bench sander, drill press and more!

All in all I am very happy with the outcome of the display case and more importantly my friend loves it.. At least he says he does…I would not expect him to say otherwise even if it looked bad…

I have not posted in quite some time, but as you can see I am been making a lot of mahogany saw dust. :>)

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Top level workmanship Nick_R. I'm sure your friend
will appreciate this for years and years.
 

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Beautiful.. and that Kimber… They sure know how to make a 1911
 

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Great box! I have a pair of Kimber 1911's. They are great pistols, and your box only compliments your friend's.
 

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Very nicely done, and great retirement present-a Kimber beats the hell out of any watch!
 

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Looks great, I know he will love it. Would you mind taking a pic in the dark with the LEDs burning? That would be really cool to see that. Again, great job!
 

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Excellent work! A fitting gift for such a long term of service. I like the idea of 32 bullets for 32 years - Clever idea.
 

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A great house fro a great gun! Ya dun good here!
 

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Awesome, great craftsmanship, design and useful. All my kimbers are so smooth. Now for some range time.
 

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Fine box for the finest pistol ! Not that in biased. Kimber's super carry was my daily carry for nearly 3 years.
 

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Great job! Love the design. Im sure he and his family will cherish it for years to come
 
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