|Project by Ryan Haasen||posted 07-29-2016 03:10 AM||1309 views||6 times favorited||11 comments|
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!