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Project by WirelessWoodworker posted 01-23-2015 04:32 PM 5922 views 21 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The pen box is complete and I think it came out rather well. It’s made of red oak and poplar. The top and bottom are 5 piece raised panel construction and the sides are dovetailed at the back, with a sliding dovetailed dado-ed drawer support in the front (I guess that’s what you would call that joint??). The drawers have half blind dovetails at the front, then what I think would be called a through tenon in the back (apologies on my lack of woodworking terminology!). The sides of the drawers overhang the back a little bit, allowing for the drawers to hang open completely without coming out. I added a small bead around the raised panel on the top and also the drawer fronts. Finally, it was finished with a few coats of shellac, sanding very lightly in-between, with a final buff and wax.

For you pen folks out there, the interior of the drawer is just a pen tray from GoPens cut to fit. Each drawer holds about 25 pens, with plenty of depth for large pens. It fits perfectly on the shelf where it was designed to go and works out much better than the cigar boxes I was using previously for pen storage.

There were a lot of firsts for me with this project, so I learned quite a bit.

This was my first time doing half-blind dovetails and I think they came out reasonably well. A couple were a little loose, but not so bad. I actually really enjoyed cutting these, so will definitely try to add these in to future projects.

This was also my first raised panel try, which is why the top and bottom were made with them, just so I could practice on the bottom first! I had done flat panels before, but never a raised one. The panel is kind of pillowed, more shaker style, which I think looks nice and was probably a little easier. I was a little careless on the depth of the tongue and grooves however, so there are some visible gaps that I’m not real happy with.

This was my first hand beaded piece as well. I sort of added this last minute and used the Paul Sellers poor man’s beading tool method (a screw and block of wood). It actually looks OK, and the small size of it matches the wide, stretched nature of the box overall. If I was planning this from the beginning I would have made the top panel with small miter joints for the beads, but this is mostly hidden away on it’s home shelf anyway, so I wasn’t too concerned with it.

Finally, my first all hand tool project. There was no real reason for doing it this way, I have no aversion to power tools, just wanted to see if I could do it I guess!

That’s about it. Like I said, I’m pretty happy with it and learned quite a lot, my pens will certainly be happy with their new home!

-- Tim, Delaware, http://www.thewirelesswoodworker.com





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Buckeyes85

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#1 posted 01-23-2015 06:09 PM

nicely done for sure. the poplar and red oak look good together.

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WirelessWoodworker

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#2 posted 01-23-2015 06:46 PM



nicely done for sure. the poplar and red oak look good together.

- Buckeyes85

Thanks Buckeyes! I agree, the contrast looks nice. I wasn’t sure how it would turn out after finishing, but luckily it looks ok.

-- Tim, Delaware, http://www.thewirelesswoodworker.com

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Notw

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#3 posted 01-23-2015 07:07 PM

very sleek and clean looking box. I like the single dovetails on the drawers

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#4 posted 01-23-2015 08:15 PM

What a great design I really dig this, and welcome to LJ’s i’m sure you will love it here

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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WirelessWoodworker

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#5 posted 01-24-2015 01:02 AM

Thanks guys! This is one of those rare projects made for myself, so I’m happy that it’s done!

-- Tim, Delaware, http://www.thewirelesswoodworker.com

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Sam Knight

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#6 posted 01-24-2015 01:37 PM

A lot of firsts on this piece. Well done! Hope when I make a my first project fully by hand it turns out as nice. Keep up the great work.

-- Sam

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#7 posted 01-24-2015 03:39 PM

I like this narrow shape and corner joints.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#8 posted 01-24-2015 03:50 PM

That’s a real nice box. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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WirelessWoodworker

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#9 posted 01-25-2015 07:09 PM



A lot of firsts on this piece. Well done! Hope when I make a my first project fully by hand it turns out as nice. Keep up the great work.

- Sam Knight

Thanks Sam!

Yep, one of the goals for the year was to push myself a bit out of my comfort level with my woodworking. Only was to learn new skills!

-- Tim, Delaware, http://www.thewirelesswoodworker.com

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