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Project by Gary posted 2425 days ago 1502 views 6 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

a pen display box:

The retail store where my pens are displayed had two stolen from the open stand and asked me to make something closed. Thinking how much I also enjoy making boxes, I decided to do something I hadn’t done in a while. I made a tray using curly maple with trays for pens, then made a box-top to go over it using Acrylic and Curly maple with mitered corners and sapelle and mahogany slipfeathers. The box top slips over the tray. The upper edges are beveled with the intent of focusing your eyes into the center.

The first photo is closest to the actual color. I dropped the camera on its head and need to take it in for repair.
I’ve only put the first coat of oil on. The finish will be several coats of Waterlox Original and a paste wax topcoat.

Hope y’all like it,


-- Gary, Florida.

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#1 posted 2425 days ago

Pretty nice Gary!

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

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#2 posted 2425 days ago

Gary -

Very nice! Great solution for display and to the thefts.


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#3 posted 2425 days ago

Great looking box

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#4 posted 2425 days ago

Great box. And a nice display case for someone on their desk.

Put a price tag on it also.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#5 posted 2425 days ago

The box is really nice.

-- Andy Stark

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#6 posted 2425 days ago

Really nice looking pen case Gary.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#7 posted 2425 days ago

Beautiful box Gary, that will keep the light fingers out. Nice pen too. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#8 posted 2425 days ago

now you’ll be selling pens, and getting orders for boxes!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#9 posted 2425 days ago

Thanks y’all; I appreciate the comments.
Scott, you wiley coyote—you figured me out. ;-) I always figure if we dazzle ‘em with eye-candy, they’ll get out the crowbar and open their wallets.

-- Gary, Florida.

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#10 posted 2420 days ago

Grain layout gives it a fabulous curved shape. Love it!

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#11 posted 2417 days ago

Maybe the next one I do will be curved. It’s really rectangular with a beveled edge.
My cheap camera distorted the image making it appear curved.

-- Gary, Florida.

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