Originally Posted by italian biker
Hello all, I inherited a Craftsman router, Craftsman table also. Along with that inheritance came my father's handguns. I would like to learn to make some nice boxes for them with either box or dovetail joints. I'm fairly mechanical, good with tools, but never dived into the intricate stuff. I've built benches, decks, work tables, etc.., but never decorative stuff.
What I want to do is have a nice outer box, with a raised inlay to shape of the handgun, covered with felt. I plan on doing the shaped inlay on the router with a cutting bit using some cheap soft laminate, then cover with felt. And a hinged lid. The outer box is what I'm not sure what would be a good type of wood to use, and should it only be glued with out finishing nails. Im not thrilled with that router table though. I'm thinking about a new one.
Welcome to the router forums.
To add to what John said, this is the best place for info.
For your jointery, I would suggest starting out with box joints. These are quite simple and a little bit less frustrating to get right than dovetails. I don't do and havent' done much inlay work so I'll leave that up the others with better experience.
You can use any type of wood, depends on what type of grain/look you're after. Use glue and brads, NOT finishing nails.
Almost forgot, go to your local library or bookstore, browse around for some books on box making. These will not only give illistrations on the "how-to's" but also for looks and design(s) you may wish to use or create your own.
We have many box makers here on the forums, they'll chime in soon.