Walnut pencil box

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Project by rwyoung posted 05-19-2010 05:15 AM 1996 views 9 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Walnut pencil box.

I recently made a wide miter fence for my shooting board. Well, it is tuned up and working great. Did this box as a test. No fancy measuring, just sized the stock by resting a pencil on it and marking up the length. Then all other parts were cut to fit.

Bottom is home made walnut plywood, took some walnut veneer and hammer veneered it to some 1/8” BB ply to get a good match. This way I could glue in the bottom all the way round for a little added strength to the box.

Stock thicknessed with handplanes and just a touch of the card scraper to remove some tearout. Grooves and rabbets cut with plough plane. And the lid bevel was done with a block plane. The lid did get a touch of sanding to even out the two endgrain bevels, but still meat powered work. The stock was resawn from some 5/4 so I did use a bandsaw for that part. I just don’t have an efficient resaw blade for my bowsaw (yet) and my big rip saw takes too large a kerf to make efficient use of the stock. Otherwise everthing else was hand work.

-- Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things.

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#1 posted 05-19-2010 05:19 AM

looks good

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 05-19-2010 05:42 AM

Never met a box I didn’t like and I’m a real sucker for a walnut box. Throw in the pencil thing and it just can’t be beat. Nice handworkmanship. Is that a word?


-- Jim

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#3 posted 05-19-2010 07:23 AM

This is a really nice box. I am trying to do something similar out of walnut for a gift box for my wife….just taking forever :(

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#4 posted 05-19-2010 08:51 AM

Nice box.


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#5 posted 05-19-2010 10:42 AM


-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 05-19-2010 12:10 PM

Nice box – walnut is awesome. Sized up a bit these type boxes make nice wine bottle gift boxes.

-- Michael D

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#7 posted 05-19-2010 12:36 PM

What a neat little pencil box. I do indeed like. Well done…

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#8 posted 05-19-2010 12:43 PM

i think i just found what i am going to make for my gf’s birthday!
looks fantastic.

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#9 posted 05-19-2010 02:22 PM

My daughter in college likes to use sticks to take notes. Will have to make her a box like yours.

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#10 posted 05-19-2010 03:11 PM

Very nice box. Good work. Thanks for sharing


-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#11 posted 05-20-2010 05:02 AM

Smart idea. Turn a sliding lid box into a handy pencil holder!

-- ~Eagle America~ ~Woodcraft~

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#12 posted 05-20-2010 05:10 AM

Huh, that’s essentially what my spectacles cases look like…therefor, I like it! But I used a compound miter saw, sandpaper and a router.

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