Pencil Box

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Project by jumbojack posted 11-09-2012 12:59 AM 10391 views 25 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this cool little pencil box this week. The plan is from Woodworkers Journal (December). I saw one of these a few years ago and always wanted to build one. It was finished with a few coats of Watco. I resawed some Beech for the box, as I had it in the rack. I had never used Beech before, but had purchased it from Woodcraft a few months ago. The plan is pretty good and the parts all came out accurately. One of the last things to do is cut the angle in the top. The Woodslicers narrow kerf kept the end sanding minimal, as the top part of the box is now a little shorter than the bottom.
This was a pretty easy build and should make a nice gift for one of the grandkids.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#1 posted 11-09-2012 04:12 AM

I like the double layer capacity…pretty cool. thanks for sharing

-- Tim, IL

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#2 posted 11-09-2012 12:07 PM

I’ve seen that before too. My daughter would like one. Yours looks great. Thanks for posting.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#3 posted 11-09-2012 01:12 PM

That is a real cool pencil box! Nice job on building it!!............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#4 posted 11-09-2012 01:43 PM

Nice work. Whom ever receives this pencil box will be happy with it I’m sure.

I’ve always liked these boxes and have seen a few get built around here. This is by far one of the finer pencil boxes built, thanks for posting.

-- Anthony

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#5 posted 11-09-2012 04:26 PM

Great project nicely done!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#6 posted 11-09-2012 05:09 PM

New to this forum, where can I get the plans?

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#7 posted 11-09-2012 07:09 PM

Doubles as a very cool puzzle box – nice!

-- Jeff, North Andover, MA

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#8 posted 11-09-2012 07:48 PM

What a clever design, thanks for sharing!

-- - Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true. -

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#9 posted 11-10-2012 10:01 PM

Brings back memories. My father had one from when he was a boy back around the 1920’s. I made several from that design. Nice job. I am sure you will be making more for the rest of the grandkids. Don

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#10 posted 11-11-2012 02:35 AM

I remember having a wooden pencil box in elementary school … it’s great to see a ‘golden oldie’ have this kind of come back. Nice job Jumbojack!!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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