My pen "carry case"

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Project by lumberjacques posted 06-21-2009 11:56 PM 2712 views 18 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

i needed something to carry pens and pen cases i make from exotic woods and stone, so i used some leftovers from other projects(african padouk, spalted oak, and birch) and put together a box loosely based on the louis 15 style of “bombe” chests/dressers. the face is made from one slab, split in two to “bookmatch”. i then carved the glued slabs to obtain the serpentine curves. it was then sliced to the sizes required for my drawer facings. the bottom drawer is deep enough to store pen cases or other turned objects such as perfume dispensers, pot pourri vessels, etc. the finish is a quadrillion coats of tung oil. i have not yet decided on the types of handles(if any) for the drawers. for right now, a smart tap on the back of the case opens the drawers about 1/2 inch, just enough to be able to slide them out by holding the sides.

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#1 posted 06-22-2009 12:14 AM

jacques, I love that spalting. Nice job.

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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#2 posted 06-22-2009 12:15 AM

WOW!! Beautiful!! Fantastic design and the best wood! That is awesome!! Great craftsmanship too!! Super!

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#3 posted 06-22-2009 12:29 AM

Wow is right! That is some else…both in lumber and design!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 06-22-2009 12:29 AM

wooooo so cool wonderful figure and contrasting wood That spalted oak makes it all sing.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#5 posted 06-22-2009 12:49 AM

Very nice!

do you mind giving some additional information on how the drawer slides are setup (pictures if you have them)

i’m currently building a jewelry box for my mom that I will also be doing a “single piece” for the drawer fronts but im struggling with how i want to drawer slide/guides to work.

-- David - Houston, Texas. (

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#6 posted 06-22-2009 12:56 AM

WOW!!!!!!!!!! stunning figure spalted oak is pinging all over the place

Thanks for showing us


-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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#7 posted 06-22-2009 01:00 AM

did anyone else saw WOW ? really eye popping piece of eye candy

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#8 posted 06-22-2009 01:20 AM

You created a masterpiece by design and wood choice, greeeeat job.

-- Nubs,Reserve

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#9 posted 06-22-2009 01:25 AM

Ditto on all the WOW’s. Fantastic job with the grain matching on the drawers. Beautiful piece.

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#10 posted 06-22-2009 02:52 AM

david the drawer slides are EXTREMELY basic. because this case will get LOTS (hopefully) of work, i decided to take the sides of each drawer, tape it to the inside of the case, shimmed the top and bottom of the the side with a thin piece of cardboard, then i took the two rails (the one that would be under the drawer, as well as the one that would be on top—as the bottom for the drawer above it), positioned them tightly against the drawer sides, and ca glued them in place. when the ca was dry, i removed the side (carefully marking it’s position in the hierarchy), removed the cardboard, and rechecked the drawer side for the fit so that it would slide as it should.

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#11 posted 06-22-2009 02:54 AM

thank you all for the positive comments. the purpose of this case is not only to carry my wares around to prospective buyers, but also to add to the “wow” factor before they even see any of the items that i will be offering…..

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#12 posted 06-22-2009 03:01 AM

I like it !!!

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#13 posted 06-22-2009 04:08 AM

Beautiful. Well Done!

-- Rusty

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#14 posted 06-22-2009 05:43 AM

Superb looking box, a real beauty.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#15 posted 06-22-2009 05:58 AM

That is one beautiful box. The wood is outstanding. Great job.

-- 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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