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Home made watch box

Post by stonehead887 » Sat Jul 13, 2019 1:36 am

Morning guys,

Thought I would share this now even though it's not quite finished. I have been working on this box for a few years now on and off and its nearly finished. After messing around with various watch boxes and watch winders over the years, I wanted to bring the whole collection together in one place.
I bought the box some years ago at a time in my life when things were not so good. Quit my job, took on 2 mortgages and health was not so good so even though the box was only £30 it seemed a big thing at the time but I knew I had to grab it as it was exactly what I had in mind.
The box is an old scientific instrument box and very well made, strong enough to stand on! It took a while before I set too with building it and I have been slowly getting it to how it is now with time allowing.
First, I stripped the box of all fittings and lacquer and smoothed it all down. After planning out how I want the inside to look, I made the watch dividers from MDF. Once this was done I covered it all in fabric and trimmed the inside with red velvet.
There is enough height for 2 layers so I made 2 drop in smaller boxes, one for more watches and the other, for now, for all my straps and tools.
The box exterior was waxed with several coats and polished. I have to say, that came out a lot better than I thought. The smaller boxes were built from scratch and just need a bit more finishing off. Apart from the box itself, all the conversion work and woodwork and trimming has been done by me and I sort of learnt as I went.
I am very pleased with the results so far and all my watched are now in one place. It's a big ass box so now the next problem is where to put it!
Last jobs will be to do final trimming on the watch pillows, probably in a light grey fabric and add some hardware so the box looks like an old travel or seafaring chest.
Enjoy. ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

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Post by hobbit712 » Sat Jul 13, 2019 3:42 am

Very nice!
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Post by aikiman44 » Sat Jul 13, 2019 4:07 am

Looks great.
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Post by rockmastermike » Sat Jul 13, 2019 5:04 am

Damn impressive - your patience and willingness to work through different iterations paid off in spades! Just fantastic!

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Post by 1954Selmer » Sat Jul 13, 2019 5:58 am

You did a fine job. The final result is pure awesome!

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Post by JDC222 » Sat Jul 13, 2019 6:15 am

That looks excellent! I have a thing for old boxes ;)
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Post by stonehead887 » Sat Jul 13, 2019 6:17 am

JDC222 wrote:That looks excellent! I have a thing for old boxes ;)
This one is furry on the inside....Image

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Post by jimyritz » Sat Jul 13, 2019 6:41 am

Nice work!

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Post by AtomicTom » Sat Jul 13, 2019 8:24 am

Yeah, that really IS impressive Jeremy, and just plain beautiful ! :excited:

Just love the whole idea, and how much effort you put into making
every detail perfect ! :clap: ..I mean it doesn’t matter if it’s closed, or
open, it’s really outstanding !

You should call this the Baselworld Box sir ! :grin: Terrific job !!!

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Post by stonehead887 » Sat Jul 13, 2019 8:46 am

AtomicTom wrote:Yeah, that really IS impressive Jeremy, and just plain beautiful ! :excited:

Just love the whole idea, and how much effort you put into making
every detail perfect ! :clap: ..I mean it doesn’t matter if it’s closed, or
open, it’s really outstanding !

You should call this the Baselworld Box sir ! :grin: Terrific job !!!
Thanks Tom, it sure has been enjoyable to build, I have learnt some new techniques and may apply these to another box in the future.
My biggest worry at the moment is I only have space for 3 more watches.....

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Post by gwells » Sat Jul 13, 2019 9:23 am

that's awesome. i've been making smaller boxes on my laser cutter and keep thinking i should make a watch box.

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Post by CarloDWC » Sat Jul 13, 2019 9:29 am

Fantastic! Not only the watch box but the fact you did it yourself and also great collection! :thumbsup:

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Post by mattcantwin » Sat Jul 13, 2019 9:51 am

Well done! :thumbsup:
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Post by watchdawg » Sat Jul 13, 2019 10:46 am

All I can say is WOW you do great work!

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Post by stonehead887 » Sat Jul 13, 2019 11:06 am

Thanks guys. I appreciate it. I am quite pleased with how it turned out so far.


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Post by amckiwi » Sat Jul 13, 2019 4:24 pm

Great to see this
It is a journey I need to go on
How did you cut the slots in the mdf to get them to “jigsaw” together?

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Post by toxicavenger » Sat Jul 13, 2019 8:56 pm

i love old box

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Post by stonehead887 » Sun Jul 14, 2019 2:26 am

amckiwi wrote:Great to see this
It is a journey I need to go on
How did you cut the slots in the mdf to get them to “jigsaw” together?
I have come this far so it will be completed. I cut the slots using a fret saw and chisel. I measured the gaps and the height they would need to be from top to bottom. I made a couple of trial cuts and once I was happy, went for it.
I forgot to mention before but one of the best thing about the build has been using my grandfathers old tools, some over 100 years old. He died before i was born but I feel a sort of connection

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Post by AtomicTom » Mon Jul 15, 2019 9:08 am

stonehead887 wrote:
Sat Jul 13, 2019 8:46 am
AtomicTom wrote:Yeah, that really IS impressive Jeremy, and just plain beautiful ! :excited:

Just love the whole idea, and how much effort you put into making
every detail perfect ! :clap: ..I mean it doesn’t matter if it’s closed, or
open, it’s really outstanding !

You should call this the Baselworld Box sir ! :grin: Terrific job !!!
Thanks Tom, it sure has been enjoyable to build, I have learnt some new techniques and may apply these to another box in the future.
My biggest worry at the moment is I only have space for 3 more watches.....

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Your are very welcome Jeremy ! :) Just is so neat to hear how much fun you
had, and see how incredible this beauty turned out. :salute:

What's cool too, is since you have those three spots left. It will give you some
time to plain out your next watch box, and utilize those new techniques even
more !

Until then though, hope you keep on enjoying this masterpiece sir !!!

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Post by unsub073 » Mon Jul 15, 2019 9:38 am

That's awesome. Nice work.

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