|Project by CameronD||posted 10-08-2013 02:24 AM||1011 views||2 times favorited||8 comments|
I took a week off work in June and needed a project. These pencil boxes were a great way to practice some basic miter joints using the table saw as well as rabbet the bases. They became thank you gifts for people at work and I’ve had requests from two others.
They are made from 1/4 inch box store poplar with some shellac and paste wax. The bottoms have some cork to cushion and protect pencil tips.
I tried prefinishing the insides before gluing and found that the pieces all cupped (see photo 3). Browsing the web I came across something about sunlight and water may help flatten the pieces. Having little to lose and 24 cupped sides, I put them on a damp towel in the sun for a few minutes and found I had overdone it, so I flipped them a couple times until they finally settled.
All in all a fun project to try and practice some basics.