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Western Red Cedar Pencil Box

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Project by Brian Gulotta posted 02-21-2017 01:03 AM 558 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this pencil box for my son for Valentine’s Day out of Western Red Cedar. I am finally getting good results with my hand cut dovetails. These are my best to date. I am even more happy with the way they came out given the species of wood used. If you look at this wood the wrong way it will want to dent, scratch, or smash on you. The density and consistency reminded me a lot like those little wafer sticks with creme in the middle. Hand tool woodworking is getting easier and more enjoyable by the day. You learn what is critical and what is unnecessary and things speed up.





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Andre

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#1 posted 02-21-2017 06:14 AM

Purity darn good for working with Cedar! The design is good to reduce the chance of crushing the inner Pins and tails.
I made some garden planters last year from 8/4 rough cedar planks, around 6 ft. long which gave me all the experience I think I’ll ever need with D. T. Cedar.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#2 posted 02-21-2017 01:49 PM

Thanks Andre. It is by far the softest wood I have ever used. I’m assuming if I can make nice dovetails in cedar I can make it in anything. My wife is actually wanting me to make a cedar planter box for some herbs. I was planning to dovetail it. How did you do the bottom of your boxes and did you drill holes through the bottom for drainage?

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#3 posted 02-24-2017 05:59 AM

I think I just did a real lose rabbit with 1/2” PT bottom that was leftover from some other project.
It is over 12” deep, 2 or 3 in. of rock on the bottom cover with landscape fabric.
Left it outside covered for the winter which may have been a mistake?
Did I mention that the sides are tapered, added a whole new dimension!
Looks okay from a distance.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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