Booze, Cigars, Pictures
The gentleman’s survival kit
I saw this the other day while surfing the Internet. I thought it was pretty cool and I was going to share it on social media, but before I did I thought I do a greater search for other images. That’s when I discover that someone had built an even better one… because everyone knows that a gentleman’s survival kit is not complete without bourbon, cigars and a cutter.
The second hand suitcase and an old piece of ply wood screwed to the bottom for a sturdy base.
Found some quick snap floorboards that had a pretty nice finish. This is the top layer of the case.
Testing some layouts of everything. Making outlines from some templates on 20mm thick ply to hold the larger items. Getting ready to cut. The rectangular pieces of paper represent the cigars and cutter.
First two major cuts for the bottle and hatchet. All the cuts were made with a jigsaw and finished with good old hand sanding.
Seeing everything starting to come together was encouraging. You can see it is going to be a tight fit.
All the woodcutting finished.
In order to cover up some of the rougher spots we decided to line everything in red felt this was attached with some (very) strong double-sided tape. Green, blue or black would also have looked pretty good.
Messing around with some leather straps to hold everything in place. The tin was sanded by hand with 400, 800, 1000 and 1200 grit paper and filled with some peanut butter fudge.
All the straps in place. They are attached to the wood with simple screws through the button and tacks through the other end. In order to keep the felt tips from folding in, small droplets of superglue were applied. The small plaque in the top right is laser engraved stainless steel.
All finished up!
All finished up! Think it all turned out pretty great. The birthday boy was thrilled.
Not bad for 3 days (hard) work.