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Project by Jeff posted 10-18-2007 06:59 AM 4336 views 8 times favorited 37 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I spent last week at our Portland office for work. I knew about the trip for a month prior and decided I would take a few small projects as surprise gifts for my boss and a co-worker I’ve known for 3 years now. It was a nice diversion from what I had been doing in the shop not to mention rewarding. I used keyed miter joints for the first time. I also had an idea for the handle and it actually worked as planned! How often does that happen?

I made this organizer for my boss and a pencil & pen holder for my co-worker. The groove at the front for the a writing instrument was really well received. It was an afterthought that I stuck with from when I sketched it.

It’s very simple and will accommodate post-it notes as well as plenty of paper clips, binder clips, or other desktop minutiae. The center divider can be removed if desired. The lid is simply rabbeted all around and sits flush on the box.

Figured Cherry, Padauk miter keys and handle
8×5 x 2 1/4
2 coats of Watco Danish Oil

Thanks for looking.

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN





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Dorje

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#1 posted 10-18-2007 07:05 AM

Nice Jeff! I like the two different lengths on the splines – adds visual interest…

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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Jeff

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#2 posted 10-18-2007 07:58 AM

Thank you, Dorje. I’m glad to hear that. I was hoping they would give it a little something.

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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Dorje

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#3 posted 10-18-2007 07:59 AM

And that they do! The cherry top is gorgeous too!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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cajunpen

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#4 posted 10-18-2007 10:29 AM

Great looking box Jeff. I like the way that your “handle” came out on top. Looks like you used Paduak for the splines and the lift handle. Now, send him over to cajunpen.com to buy himself a proper pen suitable for such a fine box.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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cajunpen

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#5 posted 10-18-2007 10:31 AM

Great looking box Jeff. I like the way that your “handle” came out on top. Looks like you used Paduak for the splines and the lift handle. Now, send him over to cajunpen.com to buy himself a proper pen suitable for such a fine box :-)).

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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MsDebbieP

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#6 posted 10-18-2007 10:57 AM

a job well done – and what a special gift!! Nice idea

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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WayneC

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#7 posted 10-18-2007 12:29 PM

Wonderful box.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Thos. Angle

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#8 posted 10-18-2007 12:43 PM

Good work, Jeff. Really like the look of the splines. the handle is a dandy

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#9 posted 10-18-2007 01:25 PM

looks great! – great idea for the pen holder.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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#10 posted 10-18-2007 02:54 PM

Very pretty box, Jeff. I know they loved it.

That cherry is gorgeous!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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CharlieM1958

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#11 posted 10-18-2007 03:51 PM

This is a very elegant little box. I love it!

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

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Jeff

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#12 posted 10-18-2007 04:39 PM

Thanks for the positive feedback everyone. This is definitely the way to start my day!

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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mot

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#13 posted 10-19-2007 12:41 AM

Very nice. I really like this box. The spline variation is eye catching. I’ve not seen a box like this so the design is also unique to me and quite appealing. I can see having something like this on my desk. Really nice, Jeff.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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Jeff

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#14 posted 10-19-2007 04:53 AM

Thanks for the endorsement, Tom. ‘Unique’ is a real compliment.

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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#15 posted 10-19-2007 02:47 PM

Masterful job of woodworking Caliper.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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