Wooden Pencil Box

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Project by Ryan Haasen posted 07-29-2016 03:10 AM 1031 views 4 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I like to keep my things organized, so I built this pencil box for school. I first got the idea when I bought some of the rigid foam from Lee Valley for my tool box, and thought that it would work great in a pencil box. I have actually changed the organizing foam three times to hold different supplies. I built the box to both look nice, but also to withstand the daily beating that it takes at school. The box is built out of walnut, with a maple veneer on the top. I wood burned the machine on the top to fill the space, and I’ll admit that I traced it from a picture and transferred it onto the wood using carbon paper – I’m not too good at free hand drawing. The hinge and handle are ebony and are dowel jointed to the box. I’ve had to replace the hinge once because it dropped about 5 feet, and to no surprise the hinge couldn’t withstand the blow. The corners of the box are kind of a cheated double-dovetail: I hand-cut the tail, and then glued the maple veneer to the edges of the tail before tracing it to cut the pins. This was simply done to highlight the dovetails (if you’re going to do them, you may as well show them off haha). On the inside of the lid I attached two fine elastic cords to hold rulers, templates, etc. The last picture is the pencil box I made for my girlfriend, I just through it in here for fun. Hers is made out of purpleheart and zebrawood.

Thanks for checking it out!

-- Ryan

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#1 posted 07-29-2016 03:12 AM

Organization is a good thing. Nice solution!

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#2 posted 07-29-2016 03:19 AM

G’Day Ryan, Most excellent and up to your usual high standard of craftsmanship….well done..

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#3 posted 07-29-2016 10:23 AM

Envy of your class, I am sure.

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#4 posted 07-29-2016 10:54 AM


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#5 posted 07-29-2016 02:09 PM

Best looking pencil boxes I’ve seen…very nice. You are very talented.

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#6 posted 07-29-2016 02:13 PM

That is a great looking box!!


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#7 posted 07-29-2016 06:03 PM

Both of those are really nice. I like that inlay in the dovetails and the wooden hinge.

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#8 posted 07-29-2016 07:15 PM

Beautiful wooden box. Reminds me on childhood, I had one narrow wooden pencil box also. Regarding drawing on top, I don’t mind you used template , you still burned it free hand. I would do the same, turned great.

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#9 posted 07-29-2016 08:07 PM

This is a beautiful box and it’s serving a very practical purpose.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#10 posted 07-29-2016 10:55 PM

Nice looking box, and what a clever way to do the dovetails :) It’s a nice detail.

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#11 posted 08-05-2016 02:17 AM

Nice job and love the quicky double dovetails.

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