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Old March 6, 2013, 11:36 AM   #1
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Walker Presentation Case

Just about finished with her. Have to attach the hinges and complete a few tweaks. Got the material laid in last night and had to see how she looked.
I call it "Walker in a brothel"


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Old March 6, 2013, 11:50 AM   #2
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That really looks good! How did you get the effect with the lining in the top?
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Old March 6, 2013, 11:55 AM   #3
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Awesome!!!!



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Old March 6, 2013, 01:14 PM   #4
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wish my shooter was as purty as Bushmaster's
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Old March 6, 2013, 01:29 PM   #5
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Nice salvador. You build that out of tiger "curly" maple?
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Old March 6, 2013, 01:49 PM   #6
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Looks like curly and birds-eye maple to me.....

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Old March 6, 2013, 06:57 PM   #7
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Now them's some impressive display boxes!!!! Wow. Talent abounds!

I just got mine in a Tupperware box with a bag of RemDry.
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Old March 6, 2013, 08:07 PM   #8
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I agree, the worksmanship is awesome! My wife made me a felt case to keep my 60 in for travel, going to make others for my guns that I don't already keep in holsters
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Old March 7, 2013, 02:54 AM   #9
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The crushed velvet....

...In Bushmaster's is a real nice effect.

That is a great idea.
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Old March 7, 2013, 08:27 AM   #10
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My brother in law built it for me out of a very nice piece of maple.
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Old March 7, 2013, 08:47 AM   #11
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Both very nice cases. I think I need one for my 1851.
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Old March 7, 2013, 11:15 AM   #12
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done

finally finished with the lid and its
found its new home in the living room.




not the best work I've ever done but I got tired of moving this thing around
the shop since Oct.
lol...after having my hand pulled into the chop saw while cutting the frame,
I just kinda worked on it here and there
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Old March 7, 2013, 11:26 AM   #13
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Verrrrrrrrrry nice! I am seriously considering building a case also. I have been working with wood for over 50 years so I know my way around a woodshop. What I lack is any knowledge on how to line the inside to look as good as yours. Did you lay one piece across the top and just tuck and fold it into the corners or is it smaller pieces glued on individually and seamed closely together?
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Old March 7, 2013, 01:51 PM   #14
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I took some pics during that process and I'll go through them and post them
in the next day or two. I was a first timer at this as well. I'll explain the process when I post the pics but I'll tell ya, using crushed velvet, had an unexpected benefit. Camouflage! Inevitably, I ended up with a sliver of wood showing here and there where the material ended up being just that much short. So I simply cut a sliver of material and placed it with tweezers to fill before placing the main piece. You literally have to get your nose in the box to see it
I was pretty surprised that the material turned out as well as it did. That was the part I was worried about as well. Salvador's case above is felt and has NO tolerance for any goofs.
What kinda pistol you gonna case?
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Old March 7, 2013, 04:27 PM   #15
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Both boxes are great! Where did you find the eagle for the box top decoration?
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Old March 7, 2013, 08:06 PM   #16
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Camoflage. Now that is a word I love. I was told a very long time ago that the sign of a true craftsman is how well he covers his mistakes. Looking forward to your seminar.

I have a beautiful pair of Colt 3rd generation Patersons with the correct (I think) accessories (bullet mold, flask, capper and cleaning rod) I would like to case together.
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Old March 8, 2013, 01:36 PM   #17
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I carved that eagle myself and got tired of filling all the requests
from friends and acquaintances for their own version, sooo... I sold the rights to the pattern to Hobby Lobby and you can find them in the wood projects isle right next to other appliques.
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Old March 8, 2013, 04:12 PM   #18
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Jlb, that old saying about hiding mistakes is true. I was a carpenter for many years and made my share of miscues, it is how you hide them that makes the difference. I can go into any house whether it is a $50,000 house or a $5,000,000 house and find plenty of mistakes, I just know what to look for. To the two members who posted their cases, they look very nice, makes me want to go build some for my pistols.
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Great cases guys, man I wish I had that talent. That carved eagle is the perfect icing on the cake, great jobs.
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Old March 9, 2013, 07:07 AM   #20
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Many years ago, I was working and mis-cut a board. The old carpenter I was working for said, "Son, they make that stuff everyday... Besides that, if ya don't make a mistake once in a while, ya ain't going fast enough". Never forgot that!



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Old March 9, 2013, 05:24 PM   #21
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OK jlb43...here goes

I made the box completely out of scraps of red oak and oak plywood.
Once I got the stitches out and bought a new band saw, I used some old 2x4 scraps and cut strips that actually fit about 1/16" below the edge. Damn convenient if ya ask me! I used the two pics below for layout ideas:


I liked the curved divider in the first but went with 2nd for ease of angles.
I glued the HELL out of those dividers with my strongest bottle of tightbond
and figured the material would add some strength and rigidity as well.

I tried scissors and was so frustrated that after getting off the phone
with the emergency stress councilor, went to wally world and found this rotary
cutter. best invention in the world for fabric cutting.

Next, I used a tailors tape and measured the whole length and width and added about 1/4". In the picture below, I glued one side then the other right after. As I came to an intersection, I simply layed it on top of the offending border strip and split the fabric with an xacto knife.


The glue I used was E600 found at hobby lobby and wally world. I used two sets of extra divider strips . One set for spreading the glue and one set for tucking and tamping down the material. Beveled the glue spreader to get right into the joints and layed it on moderately thick. This stuff stays thick enough to hold but soft enough to allow you to slide the material into the joints. If you come up just a bit short when it meets the floor don't worry because the thickness of the material will tuck into that gap when you lay the floor piece.
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Old March 9, 2013, 06:17 PM   #22
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continued...

*note* Placing the material onto the border areas of the lid and box is a pain in the a**!
cut an extra 1/4" in width.
First glue the material face down on the upper edge. Make sure its stuck all along the edge. Then fold it over and apply to the "wall". sliding it down into the joint area until the top is flush with the wood.
Don't worry about any glue on the material, it reaches a consistency of rubber cement and can be plucked right off. UNLESS its saturated, then just decide if you have to redo. It dries clear enough to be inconspicuous.
Next, I used a cheap Photo paper cutter and cut blocks of paper
and placed them into the floor area. Taping them together as I went until I had a solid pattern.

next, I transfered this to a poster board and wrapped/glued the material to one side and finished the lid off.
applied the same principle to the pattern for the pistol slot:

A bit of a setback occured (not at all related to the half consumed crown and coke on the bench next to me) when I went to fit this into the box:

...and realized I covered the wrong side!!!!!!
The one resounding obscenity was loud enough to bring my wife to the garage to make sure I didn't need more stitches
Anyway, I said to hell with it and laid the rough patterns on the material
and used the rotary cutter by hand and it worked out surprisingly well. I would do it this way in fact if you have enough material to cover goofs here and there.
So that sums up the material process. any questions or suggestions welcomed.
In fact, lets see those boxes. Store bought or home made. Even the tupperware coffins
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Old March 10, 2013, 01:23 AM   #23
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Thanks bushmaster. I will get one of those rotary cutters for sure.
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