Tina's Paint Pen Box

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Project by DaveLeHardt posted 01-02-2011 02:58 AM 1809 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife’s collection of paint pens was outgrowing the cigar box she had them in so she requested a new one. With as simple and nice looking as the joinery was on the my bench drawers was, I tried it again here. Just a simple box made from home store pine. I was able to knock this out in a couple of days, which is one of the many first for this fledgling woodworker. Others include:

  • offsetting the top and bottom with a dado and rabbet
  • decent results from a water based stain (this is one of Tina’s favorite colors…)
  • using an inlay template to create the relief hearts
  • cutting the lid from the box
  • chiseling in the hinge mortises

She loves it, but there’s still a few things I will do differently next time:

  • mark the front of the box before I cut it (the lid is on backwards – DOH!)
  • measure after each cut on the hinge mortises (had to shim them to make it fit and close properly)

I was nervous as hell at each new step of the process but elated when it worked out like I was relieved, elated, and felt a big boost in my confidence, and I learned something new from my mistakes. And isn’t that what it’s all about, enjoying and learning as you go?

-- What? Me worry?!

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#1 posted 01-02-2011 03:45 AM

Beautiful box. Very nicely done. Thanks for sharing.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#2 posted 01-02-2011 04:28 AM

from one fledgling woodworker to another, Nicely done… it does help to know the box will hold before you make it…

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#3 posted 01-02-2011 07:28 AM

Very nice work, but bet she will fill that one too, and then…. another box!

-- Smitty

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#4 posted 01-02-2011 06:47 PM

Nice box. On any given projects, there are secrets known only to the builder.

-- I keep cutting and it is still too short.

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#5 posted 01-02-2011 07:25 PM

Dale, that is so true! However, I enjoy making them almost as much as she enjoys filling them! Very true Eric, but here, I think I’ll bring those to light in the hopes that someone here has a clever way of fixing or avoiding those kinds of mistakes!

-- What? Me worry?!

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#6 posted 01-21-2011 10:31 AM

Keep on Smiling Dave, You’re doing good.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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