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American Chestnut Briefcase

This is American chestnut that I salvage from a friends room divider that he wanted “gone.” Made for a friend to carry his pencil art drawings in. He uses a plastic, portable typewriter case now. Hopefully this will be an upgrade for him. It’s a surprise. The box measures 17” x 14” x 4” and has brass hinges and latches. I used small brass eyelets and leather as a lid “stay” and it works nicely. I shaped/sanded the handle/handle holders and connected it all with braided leather which fits up into a dado in each. I finished it with Howards wax. All in all, this turned out beautifully and I just hope he uses it

-- Use it up, wear it out---Make it do, or do without.

That’s a nice project. Very different.
I think it will be a huge surprise.

Well done.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

Absolutely beautiful. Have you considered lining it with leather or felt or something to protect the inside from jostling contents?

-- Losing fingers since 1969

this is one beautiful briefcase, i have often thought of making one for my son who is a school teacher…this keeps me inspired, i sure love the wood of choice, a really great job..

-- "the grizz" [''''']

Brian—-I did consider lining it up did not want to hide the wood. He will be carrying his matted pencil drawings and I don’t think they will be a problem with the inside.

-- Use it up, wear it out---Make it do, or do without.

Nice to see you over here .
That is a nice repurpose of wood and turned out just great .
Love that chestnut and that handle is just super .
Nice surprise gift !

Very nice briefcase, that wood looks great.,

-- -- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

Beautiful Briefcase

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