I totally dig that barrel hold down installation. And have I mentioned that you have the best tools around? That angled hand piece - and all it's specialized attachments - are just the cat's meow man. I'm definitely going to have to get a Foredom machine sooner than later. I'm making do with a Dremel with a flexible shaft, which works okay for what I do but isn't as powerful or as versatile as your flex shaft machine. I'm also going to have to start shopping around for some of the sanding attachments you use; the (rubber backed?) one you're using on the dovetailed barrel hold down looks really useful. And a drawerful of the stuff! Cool. This beautiful piece is really coming along. I'm going to be sad when it's done, but I bet you won't!
I'm looking forward to the "all parts" photo; maybe then I'll figure out how some of this works. Like the lid box spring. What's driving that from inside the gun? Or is the box manually opened and filled? I bet that's the case. Just curious, I know I'll find out if I'm patient enough.
I know I always say this, but it needs saying often: Thanks Bruce for the extra time you take from your paying work to do these WIPs. I totally know how much time and effort it takes to do. Thank you.