|Project by FloridaArt||posted 05-30-2013 12:03 PM||1072 views||2 times favorited||6 comments|
May, 2013—Making pens is fun to do with a small lathe. After making a few I realized I would need a way to store them and showcase them. Of course there are ready-made options available at Woodcraft and other stores. But as I wandered through a local thrift shop I noticed an old jewelry box for $4. I decided to buy it and make two trays to hold my pens.
The trays are about 10×7 x 7/8 inches overall dimension. I used scrap 3/16-inch plywood. The “slats” are spaced so there is at least 5/8-inch space between slats. It worked out to 12 slots in each tray, or a total capacity of 24 pens. I stained the plywood dark walnut (Minwax) and gave a coat of poly over that. But you really don’t see much of the plywood.
After the trays were built I covered them with a thin foam rubber product, which comes from the local hobby / art supply store in sheets that are 12×18 inches. I needed two sheets at 89-cents each. The sheets were cut to the inside width of the slots, and carefully pressed “over and under” across the slots. I used the Gorilla Super Glue to secure the foam rubber. By the way, it really sticks well.
To help cushion things, there is a piece of sponge-like foam padding glued to the inside of the lid. This came with the box, already in place.
I’m very happy with how this turned out, and I’m ready to make some more pens! Then I shall return to my first love, the band saw boxes. :-)
-- Art | Bradenton, Florida