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Michael Baker
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I thought some of you might enjoy seeing these photos of a new Sub Trunk.

Photo 1

Photo 2

Photo 3
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Father Photius
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Absolutely beautiful, love the stain job.
"Now here's the man with the 25 cent hands, that two bit magician..."
wdwfan71
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Nice... looks very solid.
owln_1
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Looks really good, I was looking for the gimmick, and could not see it at all. Nice work, very nice. Owln_1
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Alright, I'll be the first to ask- Michael, are you messing with us and showing us pics of a small box, sorta lippincott style? Looks like small box hardware to me.

Phil
Michael Baker
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BINGO!! You figured it out, Phil!

It is a miniature, 5x5x7 inches. I made this for a friend who wanted a replica of an old sub trunk that he plans to have a prediction within. He did not need it gimmicked, although as we know, it easily could be.

The hardware began as small box hardware, but was modified to make it appear closer in appearance to the real deal. Filigree trim was removed from the hinges and hasp so they'd look more like typical strap hinges, the shine was sanded out, and then they were detailed with a fine punch to give them a hammered metal look. The hasp loop is really what gives it away.

I had thought about painting, and "rusting" them, but since the "bolt" heads (nail heads) were brass, I decided to stick with that, instead of painting every tiny one. I may though, if I do another one.

I used to model railroads with extreme detail, so I just applied a few techniques learned to "age" this box.

It does look very solid, as wdwfan71 said... in fact, too solid. LOL! It is made of all separate planks of solid oak, so the grain patterns would vary, as it would on the real thing. Constructed in that manner, if it were full size, it would be nearly impossible to lift!

I hope anyone who fell for this little joke, accepts it in the spirit intended. Alan, I am certainly glad you did not find a gimmick! LOL!

~michael
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ClintonMagus
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The first thing I noticed was the grain of the "curtain" behind the box, but then I realized that if this were a full-size box it would weigh about 900 pounds! LOL!

But, sir, you ARE da MAN!

;)
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Michael Baker
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I've set up a small area in my office where I photograph my products, and that is the curtain you see. When I shot the photos, I had no intention of fooling anyone. I just wanted to send photos to my friend who I made it for. When I first saw them, I went, "Dang!" (...and then I thought of my friends here! Smile )
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Looks great! When I first saw the pics, the first thing that jumped out at me was that this must indeed be an EXCEPTIONALLY heavy trunk. Then, I thought "No, no one would build something that cumbersome so it must be aluminum and just painted to look like heavy wood (and done very well indeed). Then, I saw the pictures of the inside of the lid and I thought that Michael would be immediately commisioned to build one for me if he can hide the gimmick that well. But, as you say, the hasp staple just sort of reminded me of the hardware on a lippincott box that I have. Really, though, that is some incredible work. I imagine that it would fool a lot of magicians and I'm almost sorry that I posted the answer to the riddle! Hope I didn't spoil all the fun!
Michael Baker
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No spoiling, no problem... I was just waiting to see how long it would take!

If I had added cleats to the inside of the lid, it would have looked for all the world like it had a gimmick.

Exceptionally heavy is right. If it were scaled up, the lid would be made of 2 x 6 oak boards. Yikes!!
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Very tricky but still a beautiful "trunk".
bloodyjack
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Looks just like the real one I made. I only use it for storage in the office now.

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"sir i sent you half the kidne i took from one woman prasarved it for you tother piece i fried and ate it was very nise i may send you the bloody knif that took it out if you only wate a whil longer"
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Not too long ago, I made a subtrunk replica as well... At first it was a joke towards my wife who was then pregnant with my son... It was "baby's first illusion". Now that he is a year old, it doubles as his toy box!

Enjoy!
Mini Sub photo 1

Mini Sub photo 2

Mini Sub photo 3

Mini Sub photo 4

Mini Sub photo 6

Mini Sub photo 6

Mini Sub photo 7

Mini Sub photo 8

Mini Sub photo 9

Mini Sub photo 10

Mini Sub photo 11

and a picture of my trunk- we do a packing crate escape or metamorphosis with it:
A tight fit

Topless

side view

Another view

Sign for inspection before the show...

-Bryan Gilles
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Would be great to see these used for a Nest of Boxes.
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Lots of talent. It's a very special pride to see such personal work. The satisfaction it gives to be able to create it yourself. I think there is more attention that is given to these kind of props than the ones mass made... Good work friends. There should also be a market for us to share our work, naturally beating the high prices.Just an idea. Respectfully Rodrigo.
Michael Baker
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Quote:
On 2008-03-02 07:28, The Donster wrote:
Would be great to see these used for a Nest of Boxes.


I just may do that! Great idea!



Quote:
On 2008-03-03 06:39, donrodrigo wrote:
There should also be a market for us to share our work, naturally beating the high prices.


Well, the saying goes: "You can have it fast, you can have it quality, and you can have it cheap. Pick two."

Day #3
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