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Sam Pearce
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After 15 years of using various store-bought cases, I made my own prop case with every feature you can imagine... There's blinds on the sides, a light that activates when the lid opens, custom prop compartments, recessed magnets, coat hook, and a snazzy lid stay.


I've often been curious about building these for other magicians, but I'm not sure if there would be any interest. Is there a market for bespoke prop cases?

Your feedback is appreciated!


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Julie
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WOW! Your prop case is almost too beautiful to be used. (I would feel terrible after the first nick or scratch...)

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Very nice work!
There may be some interest from others, I have seen lesser made ones that were successful.
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How much does it weigh? (empty or full?)
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Sam Pearce
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Thank you for you kind words Julie and Wravyn!

Dick, I've never weighed the box, but it is quite heavy. It's made of solid 1/2" walnut and must be 20+ lbs empty. It works perfect for my show, but I imagine others may want something a bit lighter - easily done by using thinner or less dense wood.
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It looks like you made the box joints really well. I know that the hardware was not cheap! Excellent workmanship. Did you consider making dovetail joints or didn't you have the jig?
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Looks like dovetail joints to me.
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On Jul 1, 2019, Sam Pearce wrote:
Thank you for you kind words Julie and Wravyn!

Dick, I've never weighed the box, but it is quite heavy. It's made of solid 1/2" walnut and must be 20+ lbs empty. It works perfect for my show, but I imagine others may want something a bit lighter - easily done by using thinner or less dense wood.


Yeah! About 1970, I had a Merv Taylor suitcase table made. I spent a "bunch" of $$$$ with chiropractors that season!!!

I went back to my 13" x 20" x 8" "fat attache case. Fully loaded for my 45 minute school assembly program, it weighs 23 lbs. My "waiters' tray stand adds a couple more lbs, but, it's on wheels, and when I get inside the school, I can put the prop case on top, and push it to the auditorium or gym.

With 13 -- 15 shows a week, it's a lot easier!
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Dick, you're so right! Great words of advice. When you're doing a run of shows, doesn't it feel like the cases get heavier and heavier every night? lol


lnlver and Dan, I did consider dovetails, but decided on box joints. I've found they're just as nice and strong and dovetails, and easier to build.

Here's some shots of the rough joints and the shop-made jig (it runs over a router table) that was used to cut the joints.

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Wow! That's a great job. That's the best I have seen!!!
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On Jul 2, 2019, Sam Pearce wrote:
Dick, you're so right! Great words of advice. When you're doing a run of shows, doesn't it feel like the cases get heavier and heavier every night? lol


lnlver and Dan, I did consider dovetails, but decided on box joints. I've found they're just as nice and strong and dovetails, and easier to build.

Here's some shots of the rough joints and the shop-made jig (it runs over a router table) that was used to cut the joints.

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On Jul 2, 2019, Sam Pearce wrote:
Dick, you're so right! Great words of advice. When you're doing a run of shows, doesn't it feel like the cases get heavier and heavier every night? lol


lnlver and Dan, I did consider dovetails, but decided on box joints. I've found they're just as nice and strong and dovetails, and easier to build.

Here's some shots of the rough joints and the shop-made jig (it runs over a router table) that was used to cut the joints.

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And, the older you get, the heavier the case becomed!
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Steve, thanks for the post. I am also a woodworker and also love box joints. Great work!
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