10 Nov 2018

How long does it take to make a briefcase?

This post will not have that many pictures. That's because I did not take that many. Not because I did not have anything new to show but because I did not want to waste any time taking a lot of pictures. I wanted to see how long it actually took to make a briefcase. People often ask me "how long does it take to make a briefcase like that". Normally I would say that it takes a looong time.. somewhere between 50-100 hours maybe. To be honest I really had no clue as to how many hours it took. But I do now.

It took 41 hours using a total of 53 sessions.

I think that's a decent number. This build was a bit different than normal as I used my new lasercut acrylic templates which saved me a couple of hours.

This is the first briefcase made using a laser cut acrylic template.

I got some weights that I use to hold things in place. They are actually really handy and I use them more than I thought I would.

This is how I marked the round cut in at the top of the pocket.

The pocket is made so that it can expand. I think it is really nice as when it's not in use it is really thin

I made this clamp that is secured to the ceiling with elastic cord.

I tried to make the handle straight and then wet the hole thing and bend it.

The pockets I ended up with was not the expanding ones at the customer decided these were better:

Total weight of the bag without the shoulder strap: 2220g

Prototype of the expanding pockets. The next briefcase will have these


  1. Excellent, that is a lot of time and dedication for one bag, your briefcases looks better quality and finish than Swaine Adeney, I saw them recently in London and they look sloppy. Thank you always for the pictures and the innovations.

    1. Thank you very much. It’s sad to hear that the quality of swaine adeney is that poor. Considering the price they charge nothing should be even close to sloppy.

      Maybe I should charge more 😄

  2. Always a pleasure to see your work. You inspire me to keep on improving!

    1. I'm glad you like it. Even though I have made many posts about making the briefcase there is always something new to show.

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