Pencil box

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Project by 65AH3000 posted 09-01-2013 10:00 PM 2122 views 10 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a Lacewood pencil box that my wife found the plans for in a magazine. I used a garnet shellac to finish it with. Probably made the lacewood to dark for my taste but my wife liked it. My wife reminded me of how I scared myself several times cutting tiny little pieces of wood on the table saw. If there is a next time, I think I will use the band saw more! My wife wants a bigger version of the pencil box made.

Update for September 6, 2013-I added some pictures…and you probably noted the color appears to have changed. Not really, the added photos were taken in natural light and the original photo was taken using artificial light. It really is the same pencil box.

And finally, for those that were interested, the plans for this particular pencil box came from Woodworkers Journal, December 2012, page 52.

Thanks for all the views and especially for all the comments. I really appreciate the feedback.

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#1 posted 09-01-2013 11:24 PM

beats the heck of the plastic box my son uses, I feel embarrassed now. thanks for sharing.

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#2 posted 09-01-2013 11:58 PM

Ive made a couple of these. My wife, the artist got one and I gave one to a recent college graduate. She will be teaching challenged kids. I cut the small parts on a ‘small parts sled’. That said, it is still dicey, but much safer. Bandsaw might be better, but not much.
and this guy made a very cool one too
Your is very nice, I love lacewood.

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#3 posted 09-02-2013 12:40 AM

Number Guy, the trick is to cut the small pieces off of the larger piece you are holding. This is a slightly different design. You might find some tricks here. Stay safe. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#4 posted 09-02-2013 01:06 AM

Very attractive project—something about this keeps drawing me back for another look. I like what you’ve done.

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#5 posted 09-02-2013 01:54 AM

Thanks for the comments. Boxguy, if I do this again, I will take your advice. Working with little pieces of wood is something new to me and I am super cautious but it is still unnerving to see your fingers as close to a blade as I was getting.

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#6 posted 09-02-2013 11:37 AM

Nice box. I also like the darker color of the lacewood. Guess I’ll have to revisit the use of garnet shellac. Cutting small parts is indeed a challenge. I tend to favor the bandsaw, and like the Incra LS fence and miter gages, cutting on the off side. But, if you don’t like the idea of buying stuff, The DVD by Steve Latta on Inlay and Banding shows how to cut small pieces using a shop made little cutoff sled. Careful with those fingers!

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#7 posted 09-02-2013 05:26 PM

The pencil box looks great. Nice job! Does anyone have a link to plans?

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#8 posted 09-02-2013 07:29 PM

Very nice box, could you post some more pictures, please?


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#9 posted 09-05-2013 06:23 PM

That’s the nicest pencil box I have ever seen. Love the lacewood and the finish. Great work!

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