Restored ancestral pencil box

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Project by mtkate posted 11-15-2009 11:47 PM 1831 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This box was made by my great uncle. It was among my grandfather’s things a few decades ago when he died, and the sentimental value is very great. I am guessing he made it during the 1950s.

I believe this is quartersawn oak – the grain on it is fantastic. The rabbited edges fell apart so I sanded everything down, glued it all back up and applied a nice walnut gel stain to the wood, and a couple of coats of varnish to protect it.

I am impressed, as my great uncle matched the wood. I am assuming this was a band saw box and then he added hinges. I am inspired every time I look at it. It’s such a simple thing, but knowing it came from the hands of an ancestor increases the value to me.

I did not touch underneath (not shown) as it has some of his original pencil markings for making the box… believe it or not! It also has his signature, in pencil.

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#1 posted 11-16-2009 12:02 AM

Great save! Did only what was needed to re-assemble and not loosing the integrity of the original build. Great keep-sake. Now a family heirloom!

Keep it up.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#2 posted 11-16-2009 02:19 AM

a beautiful piece ,
and a wonderful keepsake !

way to go !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 11-16-2009 07:50 PM

A very nice restoring job. Admire your sentiments towards your great uncle. Good picture coverage.

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#4 posted 11-20-2009 01:54 AM

Somebody else that was thinking outside the box… Woo Hoo! Great restoration.

-- JoeR Nothing that I could make will ever be perfect but I'll use it anyway.

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#5 posted 05-30-2010 11:26 PM

This gives me hope that some of the things that I do may outlive me. Not so much a craving for immortality more a feeling that you left an impression, however faint, on the march of time. You showed great care and respect in restoring this as you did. Well done and I hope you enjoy it for many years to come.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#6 posted 05-30-2010 11:28 PM

This should make so the future generations can enjoy it too.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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