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Walnut Pen Storage Box

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Project by WirelessWoodworker posted 08-03-2018 04:28 PM 1267 views 9 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a commission piece to match the pen box I made for myself a few years back, with some minor improvements. Holds about 50 pens total.

Everything is walnut with the exception of the drawer insides which are poplar. The top and bottom are frame and panel construction with a small bead for some interest and the carcass sides are full dovetails on the back, with a small sliding (?) dovetail for the front cross member.

The drawers have a single half-blind dovetail in the front, with a wedged mortise and tenon in the back set a couple inches in from the full depth which allows the drawers to rest fully open.

Overall I like how it came out. I really like how the walnut and poplar contrast pops. Quick video on my IG here, link, if that works!

-- Tim, Delaware, http://www.thewirelesswoodworker.com





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observer100

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#1 posted 08-03-2018 04:37 PM

Looks great. Very nice! I like the contrast between walnut and poplar as well.

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#2 posted 08-03-2018 05:31 PM

Very very nice. Fabulous joinery and accents.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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WirelessWoodworker

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#3 posted 08-03-2018 05:38 PM



Looks great. Very nice! I like the contrast between walnut and poplar as well.

- observer100

Thanks! Indeed, that contrast really pops. I’d imagine it would be easy to overdo it though!


Very very nice. Fabulous joinery and accents.

- Andybb

Thanks Andy!

-- Tim, Delaware, http://www.thewirelesswoodworker.com

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#4 posted 08-03-2018 09:38 PM

Beautiful! Clean and crisp Craftsmanship!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#5 posted 08-03-2018 09:40 PM

thats some nice work,came out beautiful.i need one of those for all the pens i make,good inspiration,thanks for sharing.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#6 posted 08-03-2018 10:07 PM

Very nice pen box and beautiful walnut. What did you finish it with, particularly the poplar? That contrast really does look nice.

-- Kim - imperfection is the pursuit of perfection

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recycle1943

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#7 posted 08-03-2018 10:58 PM

Love the top

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#8 posted 08-03-2018 11:27 PM

Tim, what skillful joinery. This is very nice. It would help your readers if you included dimensions. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#9 posted 08-03-2018 11:48 PM

Tim , nice job and congratulations on your ‘Daily Top 3’ award.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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WirelessWoodworker

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#10 posted 08-04-2018 01:27 AM



Beautiful! Clean and crisp Craftsmanship!

- Dennis Zongker

Thanks Dennis!


thats some nice work,came out beautiful.i need one of those for all the pens i make,good inspiration,thanks for sharing.

- pottz

Thanks Pottz! It does make pen storage a lot handier.


Very nice pen box and beautiful walnut. What did you finish it with, particularly the poplar? That contrast really does look nice.

- KimAccurso

Thanks Kim – The outside is simple wipe-on poly, but the drawer insides were just a couple of very thin (probably less than 1/2# cut) shellac coats wiped on.


Love the top

- recycle1943

Thanks recycle – this was my first mitered bead, which posed some new challenges!


Tim, what skillful joinery. This is very nice. It would help your readers if you included dimensions. Keep boxing and keep posting.

- Boxguy

Thanks Boxguy – good idea! The box measures about 20” wide x 10” deep x 4.5” tall on the outside and all the wood was about 3/8” thick. Could very easily be scaled up or down (or more drawers added) for more or less pens.


Tim , nice job and congratulations on your Daily Top 3 award.

- Grumpy

Thanks Grumpy!

-- Tim, Delaware, http://www.thewirelesswoodworker.com

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woodbutcherbynight

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#11 posted 08-04-2018 02:55 AM

Beautiful piece of work. Very nice!!

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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majuvla

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#12 posted 08-04-2018 08:02 AM

Super cool design and great looking woodworking features like dovels and fingerjoints. Panel top looks fantastic too.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#13 posted 08-04-2018 09:32 AM

WOW, wasn’t it a Supreme Court Justice that said he didn’t know how to define “Fine Woodworking” but he knew it when he saw it.

Yep I just saw it. Fabulous job on an assembly of dead perfect details. Thanks for posting, and Congrats on your 3.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#14 posted 08-04-2018 11:25 AM

A lot of good work in that box! congrats on top 3

-- Petey

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#15 posted 08-04-2018 05:15 PM

Some of the nicest joinery I’ve seen. Very nice project!

-- John D, OP, KS

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