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Project by Jeff posted 2476 days ago 2877 views 8 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the other project I made as a gift to take to a co-worker when I was at the Portland office last week. The last photo shows it next to the box I made at the same time.

I had something completely different in my mind’s eye but was winging it… I like the way this came out though. I think I will play around with this lap joint variation I have going. The pins/dowels are 1/8” brass that I cut to 1” lengths and tapped in. The are intentionally left proud and the edges were deburred and left unpolished. The goal was for this to be less refined than the desk organizer but still illustrate some craftsmanship. I think I met that goal.

There is a 1/8” piece of hardboard as the bottom of the actual cavity about an 1” or so from the table top. This is so pens don’t disappear. It seats in dados cut on the router with a spiral bit. Shaping of the rounded corners was on the drill press with a small sanding drum. They were then touched up with 220 and I broke all the edges just a little at the same time too. The coolest part is that I used no glue and it is quite solid. Another reason to explore this joint in different types of boxes.

Padauk
Brass
Approx. 3×3 x 5 1/2
Two coats Watco Danish Oil

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN





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Kerux

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#1 posted 2476 days ago

That’s a neat little idea. The Brass really pulls off the whole look.

-- http://caledoniachurchofchrist.yolasite.com/

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cajunpen

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#2 posted 2475 days ago

Looks great Jeff. I see that you used the splined miters on the box that you made. Well done, the brass pins were a good touch.

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

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MsDebbieP

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#3 posted 2475 days ago

well now.. isn’t that a lovely piece of art !!
sweet.

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

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WayneC

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#4 posted 2475 days ago

Very pretty Jeff. I like it.

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

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Thos. Angle

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#5 posted 2475 days ago

Arts and Crafts and very nifty. I too, like the brass. It really works with the Padauk. To me it kind of has a Green and Green feel. Good work

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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scottb

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#6 posted 2475 days ago

very nice contrast with the brass pins. I’ve had a similar design in my minds eye for a future puzzle box.

-- 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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shaun

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#7 posted 2475 days ago

This came out really nice. I didn’t know a pencil holder could look that good.

-- I've cut that board three times and it's still too short!

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Peter Oxley

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#8 posted 2475 days ago

What a great idea! It looks like a wood puzzle. With tight joints and crossed dowels it wouldn’t need glue to be solid as a … um … board?

-- http://www.peteroxley.com -- http://north40studios.etsy.com --

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CharlieM1958

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#9 posted 2475 days ago

Very nice design!

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

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Jeff

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#10 posted 2475 days ago

Thanks everybody! Such kind comments for my little ol’ box.

Shaun – LOL. me either!

Peter and Scott – Others have made the puzzle comment. We may be on to something…

Thos. – I’m glad you said this looks G&G to you. That was why I made the ‘mind’s eye’ comment above. I envisioned G&G but the Padauk just isn’t the right wood for it since it’s so porous. I guess I could do a more pronounced roundover with the router and then more hand shaping.

Bill, what is the link to your store again? Is it just cajunpen.com?

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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Jon3

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#11 posted 2475 days ago

Very Greene and Greene!

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David

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#12 posted 2475 days ago

Jeff -

I really like this project – very nice design. The brass is a great contrast with the wood. I agree with the Greene & Greene look!

-- http://foldingrule.blogspot.com

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schroeder

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#13 posted 2475 days ago

I love it!, Great idea! Great craftsmanship! (adding to the “steal it” file!) Thanks!

-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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Davesfunwoodworking

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#14 posted 2475 days ago

Very nice. I like the brass rods. Great job.

-- Davesfunwoodworking

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Jeff

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#15 posted 2475 days ago

Thank you, Jon, David, Schoeder, and Dave. The positive feedback inspires me to use the approach more! I’ll design a new challenge for myself that requires more thought and round the edges to get the Greene & Greene look.

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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