Pen Box

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Project by Jim posted 12-22-2008 02:02 AM 2527 views 4 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was planning to give Pen’s away as Christmas gifts but didn’t want to just throw them into a manufactured plastic box. I wanted to make a presentation box that is as unique as the pen. I looked everywhere for plans for a small pen sized gift box and came up with very little. Eventually Shannon from the Renaissance Woodworker saw a posting on Lumberjocks asking for ideas. He kindly responded with a written description of a box he made. Going from that written description only I created this box. It’s made from Walnut with Birch ends. The process was as follows:

1. The top and bottom of the box are 1 1/2” D x 5 1/2” L x 1/2” H (sized about 1/8” longer than the pen)
2. The top and bottom had a 3/4 round grove routed the full length of the blanks.
3. Holes were drilled to accomodate 5mm pin hinges
4. A chamfer was routed along the inside hinge edge to allow the box to open fully
5. The lid was sanded on either end to make it slightly smaller than the base so it could open easily.
6. The end blocks 1 1/2” x 1” x 1/2” were cut from birch and rounded on the router table (round before cutting)
7. All components were coated with Shellac
8. An adhesive was applied to the bottom grove and green flocking applied
9. The end blocks were attached with glue
10. The lid was attached by using epoxy to secure the pin hinges
11. The entire outside of the box was given a light coat of Minwax Wipe on Poly

I haven’t figured out how to attach a Sketchup Project Plan to Lumberjocks so if you want the plan, contact me.

The Pen in the photo is made of 100 Year Old Camfor Wood. See my project called 100 Year Old Pen for information about that.

-- Jim in Langley BC Canada ---

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#1 posted 12-22-2008 02:53 AM

Really nice presentation box. It is certainly worthy of the fine work in the pen.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#2 posted 12-22-2008 05:59 AM

You mean some of you guys actually listen to the things I say. Oh jeez I guess I better start thinking before speaking!!!

I love that you built this based off a verbal description because it is fun to see how different people visualize designs when there is no picture to back it up. I think we could expand the variety of designs drastically if we all could divorce ourselves from the imagery influences. This is totally different looking from the boxes I have built, but I love the look. It reminds me of the cockpit of an old 1930s racing plane. Very Howard Hughes!
I’ll dig up some photos of my pen boxes (they are pre digital age) and see if I can scan and post them so you can see what I mean. Great work!

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#3 posted 12-28-2008 08:30 PM

I’d love to see the photos of your version Shannon. I appreciate the comments about it having a Vintage Look given that I was looking for a vintage appearance. I’m also a pilot and love vintage aircraft so interesting that you picked up on that angle as it wasn’t intentional.

-- Jim in Langley BC Canada ---

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#4 posted 12-29-2008 02:02 AM

A great looking pen box. I tried to cut up some camphor wood for blanks and it dulled my bandsaw blade. After cutting only 7 ft. It was totally shot.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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